There are a lot of ways to cook with craft beer. Beer Braised Ribs probably comes to mind. Also baking bread with beer is pretty common. But there’s another terrific food that is simply made better with beer.
Yes, waffles. Waffles, and the rest of breakfast, goes exceptionally well with the flavors and texture that craft beer brings. And, while you could just take your favorite waffle mix and use beer instead of water or milk, I believe that the best waffles are homemade.
Besides, it just takes a few minutes.
When it comes to choosing the craft beer, you have a lot of options. The biggest factor is flavor. What beer goes best with this meal? In general, a dark stout or lager will do very well when making waffles. But if you have a pumpkin flavored syrup or waffle mix, go ahead with that pumpkin beer you’ve been holding onto.
You can find a lot different recipes out there for waffles and just toss some beer in there, but instead of doing that, let’s use a recipe specifically designed for beer as a key ingredient.
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In this recipe we’re going to use both baking soda and baking powder to get the chemical reactions that we want for a good lift when they’re cooking up.
The way you put this recipe together is very important! Don’t just toss all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. When you do it right, you’ll be rewarded with warm, fluffy, and delicious waffles.
Recipe - Beer Me That Waffle
• 2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
• 1 Teaspoon Salt
• 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
• 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
• 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
• 1 Cup Whole Milk
• 1 Cup Beer of Choice
• ¼ Cup Sugar
• 2 Large Eggs
• 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
• Butter for greasing waffle iron
• Butter for topping waffles
• Syrup for topping waffles
Step One: Whisk or sift the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a large mixing bowl. Set Aside.
Step Two: In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, add milk and beer and stir to combine. Turn up the heat to medium and heat until the mixture just starts to bubble, but does not boil.
Step Three: Whisk sugar, eggs, and vanilla together. Then slowly add the hot milk mixture to the eggs while stirring constantly. It’s important to do it this way because you risk cooking the eggs if you add it all at once.
Step 4: Pour the milk and egg mixture over the dry ingredients. With a wooden spoon, slowly stir the ingredients together. Make sure you are scraping the sides and bottom of the bottom but do not over mix. The mixture can have a few lumps, but should mostly be smooth.
Step 5: Pour the batter into a preheated and greased waffle iron. Cook until done and serve immediately.
There you have it. Waffles that do something extra special. This recipe is flexible enough so you can explore other Craft Beers and try to find your ultimate favorite. You’ll be amazed at how much impact beer can have when you cook with it!