What’s your idea of an ideal Saturday? Mine totally involves two pots of coffee–one early and one a few hours later, after breakfast. There should also be waffles. Waffles are one of those things that you can do a million different ways: almond flour or buckwheat flour make hearty, earthy waffles. White flour and buttermilk make fluffy waffles that are the perfect vehicle for nuts, fruit, or even chocolate chips. This time, I went blueberry. Simple, classic, and easy.On this particular Saturday morning, I got up early and piddled around the house, cleaning halfheartedly and working my way through pot of coffee number one with Jason. At about seven, he left for work and I sat down to decide what to make for breakfast. I finally decided on blueberry waffles, turned on the audiobook that I’ve been listening to, and got to work.
These waffles are totally simple–the blueberries are the most unusual ingredient. Otherwise, it’s a basic mix of eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and canola oil. It takes only a few minutes to mix it all up, and the rest is just spooning the batter into a waffle iron and waiting. A little maple syrup, any other fruit you have around, and maybe some toasted coconut, and you’re looking at a lovely Saturday brunch for one. (With leftovers for the week!)
I think Saturdays are better when you’ve had to work really hard the week before. It really makes you appreciate the time to yourself–the opportunity to take some time and pay attention to the quiet. I’ve always loved the chance to see the way that the light comes in the house past 9am–something I don’t get to see every day. To leisurely walk outside with a cup of coffee, cluck at the chickens, touch the tomato plants and smell that weird tomato plant smell, that’s what makes up a good Saturday. Along with waffles, of course!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 c milk
1/2 c canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat the waffle iron. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the salt, sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then, in a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs with the oil and milk.
Pour the wet into the dry and stir until just combined. Let the batter sit for a few minutes and then stir it again to get rid of some of the lumps. Stir in the blueberries gently.
Spoon the batter onto the waffle iron and wait for them to get browned on the top and edges. Keep them in the oven at a low temperature to keep them warm. Serve immediately when done will all the waffles, with extra fruit and maple syrup. (Or even whipped cream!)