Leisurely Saturday morning breakfasts are something I look forward to all week. Most days Will and I usually eat a quick breakfast of oatmeal before he leaves for work, but on Saturdays, we take our time. Bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, coffee cake… something to savor and laugh over and enjoy. Here are my highly arbitrary rules for our Saturday Breakfast Tradition:
- There must be coffee. Obviously.
- There must be orange juice. We don’t drink it most other mornings, but on Saturdays? Treat yo’self.
- Use the fancy plates and glasses. Cloth napkins, if you have them. Think “high-class brunch as the morning breeze ruffles your hair and you soak up the tropical sunshine on the deck of your seaside villa.” Or something along those lines. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a tiny apartment and it’s snowing outside – Saturday Morning Breakfast is a state of mind. It’s a mini-vacation every week (whoo hoo)!
- Flowers on the table. Not required, but nice.
- Relaaax. Take your time over breakfast. Talk. Laugh. Eat seconds. Move into the living room for a chat over your
secondfifth cup of coffee, if you wish. Don’t clear the dishes right away. After breakfast is over you’ll feel refreshed and ready to clean up and start on the weekend tasks, but for this magical breakfast hour, just enjoy, connect, and recharge. :)
The ultimate weekend breakfast food is (in my opinion) the waffle. The best thing about staying at a hotel is undoubtedly the waffle maker at the complimentary breakfast bar (and also not having to make the bed… that’s nice too). I once got mildly disappointed at a hotel where they actually made you breakfast, because I did not get to make the waffle myself. I quickly got over it though when they brought the waffle and it had powdered sugar and strawberries on top. That is also very acceptable.
A few weeks ago I made waffles using an old Better Homes and Garden recipe where you had to separate the eggs and whip the whites and fold them into the batter… it was a little time-consuming and the waffles came out a bit on the spongy side. Very disappointing. Last Saturday, however, I tried out a different recipe and the results were not only delicious, but the prep was fast and easy and much closer to pouring your paper cup of batter into the hotel waffle maker (which is what I’m all about).
Saturday Morning Buttermilk Waffles
Adapted from Betty Crocker Country Favorites Cookbook
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk (milk will work in a pinch)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- butter for greasing waffle iron
- Heat waffle iron and brush with a bit of melted butter (I put a slice of butter in the waffle iron while it was heating and used the pastry brush to spread it around as it melted).
- Beat eggs with a stand mixer or hand beaters until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter (depending on the size of your waffle maker) into the center of your hot waffle iron, and close the lid.
- Bake for about 5 minutes or until the steaming stops. Mine has a green light that turns on when the waffle is done, which is handy. I like to cook my waffles on the highest heat setting so they are brown and crispy, but it’s all a matter of personal preference. Carefully remove waffle.
I made a little strawberry rhubarb compote to put on the top of our waffles by throwing a handful of frozen rhubarb, some fresh strawberries, and a dash of orange juice into a saucepan and mashing/stirring the mixture until it cooked down into a warm, bubbly jam. It was a little tart because of the rhubarb, which I enjoyed, but if you like things sweeter you could probably throw in a teaspoon of sugar.
This recipe made somewhere between 6 and 8 waffles, so Will and I ended up with a few extras. I placed them on a baking sheet, stuck them in the freezer for a few hours, and then popped them into a ziplock bag. Admittedly, this is a super old concept found in the frozen aisle of every grocery store, but I felt like a genius, and will probably be gaining 10 lbs since now I can eat waffles every day of the week by taking one out and popping it in the toaster.
My favorite topping for waffles (besides drowning them in butter and syrup… fill ALL the holes!) is peanut butter and sliced bananas. Mmm. Do you all have a favorite topping? If so, please let me know because I am always looking for a new way to enjoy waffles. :)
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Do you all have any weekend plans for a long, leisurely Saturday breakfast (featuring waffles, obviously)? ;)