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Happy Tuesday! I have another great time saving tip for you. Today, I’m going to show you how to make waffle batter the night before! As a mom I love to make a hot breakfast for my kids especially on the weekend, but I don’t always have time. Our weekends are full of sporting events and kids activities that often require us to leave the house early in the morning. So I developed this easy waffle batter that I can make the night before. I no longer have to waste time measuring and mixing in the morning, all I have to do is heat up my waffle iron and pour! This easy waffle recipe has saved me a lot of time and effort on busy mornings.
I like to start by gathering all my ingredients in one spot on the kitchen counter. Then, I know I won’t forget to add anything:)
First, melt the butter in the microwave and giving it time to cool slightly. Place all of the dry ingredients in one large bowl. Pour the milk into a large Pyrex measuring cup and add the vinegar. Mix well.
Then add the eggs and vanilla to the milk/vinegar mixture. Stir until eggs are well combined. For me it is easier to mix all the wet ingredients when they are in a glass measuring cup. Plus these cups easily fit into the dishwasher saving me time at the sink. Next pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry waffle mix.
Stir to combine and then pour in the melted cooled butter. Mix until smooth but don’t over mix.
Then cover the bowl of waffle batter with plastic wrap and stick it into the fridge overnight.
Next I place my waffle iron onto the kitchen counter, so its ready to use in the morning. I love my All Clad waffle iron! I also think it would be fun to make waffles using this cute heart shaped iron or this neat Mickey Mouse one.
In the morning take the batter out of the fridge, stir it up and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes. Then turn the waffle iron to high and let it heat up while the batter is sitting. I like to make coffee while I wait:) Once it is hot, scoop out 1/3 cup of batter with a dry measuring cup and pour. Be careful not to over fill, or else you will have waffle batter spilling over the edge.
My family likes chocolate chip waffles, so I sprinkle some on top before I close the lid.
My waffle iron beeps when they are done cooking which usually takes about 3-4 minutes a waffle.
Breakfast is ready! The best part about waffles is I can make them as family members are ready to eat. My oldest son usually wakes up early so I make his first, while my youngest son likes to sleep in and eat later. Or you can cook them all back to back and keep them warm in the oven at 200 degrees F.
Another time saving tip I use when making waffles is to cook a double batch. Since I am going through the effort, I often double the waffle recipe and freeze the extras for breakfast another morning. Once the extra waffles are cooked and cooled, I stack them up with a paper towel in between and put them into a Ziplock Freezer bag. The waffles keep in the freezer for a couple of months. When you are ready to eat, put the frozen waffles on a rack that is on top of a cookie sheet and heat in a 350 degree oven for about 6 minutes or until warm and slightly crisp. Then serve!
I developed this recipe through trial and error. Some waffle recipes don’t taste right if you make them the night before.
Recipe: Night Before Waffles
I hope you will try this yummy waffle recipe that can be prepared the night before. It will save you time on a busy morning and is a great recipe for holidays too! Let me know if you give them a try!