I made these super light and slightly tangy waffles for my husband’s birthday breakfast. They were absolutely amazing topped with fresh berries and sliced bananas and drizzled with pure maple syrup.
The wonderful recipe was adapted from theperfectloaf.com. I weighed the ingredients and incorporated whole wheat flour into the batter. According to the original recipe, these waffles also freeze incredibly well. Perfect.
Yield: about 10 waffles
- 460g (2 cups) buttermilk
- 126g(1/2 cup or 1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
- 100g (1/2 cup, stirred down) ripe sourdough starter
- 125g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
- 113 g (1 cup) whole wheat flour
- 7g (1 1/2 teaspoons) raw sugar
- 110g (1/2 cup) water, if needed
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
- 5g (1 teaspoon) fine sea salt
- 3g (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda, sifted
The night before:
- Add buttermilk and the melted and cooled butter to a large mixing bowl.
- Add your ripe sourdough starter and mix thoroughly (use a whisk and your hands if needed).
- Sprinkle the sugar on top and whisk in your flour, a little at a time, until incorporated.
- If necessary, use some of the 110g (1/2 cup) reserved water to break up the batter until it resembles a traditional pancake batter. If you have a 100% hydration starter, you probably won’t need to add any water, but if your flour is extra “thirsty” or you have a stiff starter it might be necessary. (I didn’t add any water.)
- Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature overnight.
In the morning:
- Warm your whole eggs to room temperature by letting them sit for a few minutes in a bowl of warm water.
- Sift the baking soda and salt onto the top of the batter.
- Crack the eggs and place the whites in one clean bowl and the yolks in another.
- Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
- Lightly scramble up the egg yolks in the second bowl.
- Pour the yolks into the batter and gently stir through.
- Then, using a spatula, fold the eggs whites into the mixture until just incorporated (and no more).
- Cook in your smoking hot waffle iron until done to your liking. (I cook mine for 5 minutes.)
Note: If you want to increase the amount of sourness you could hold back some of the sugar in the mix, let the batter ferment longer, or ferment the same time but at a slightly warmer temperature.