No shortage of waffle news here
Oprah calling it quits and now this: A national shortage of Eggo waffles.
Will the shock and horror ever end?
Actually, it’s the second weird waffle news I’ve had to swallow this week. The other was the discovery of a spray can of organic waffle batter. A can o’ waffles! Could this be a good thing?
More on that in a moment.
First, the Kellogg kerfluffle: Evidently, the big K had to shut down its four frozen-waffle facilities recently, after the government found that pesky meningitis-causing bacteria listeria in a batch of the buttermilk Eggos.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Eggo Waffles Shortage Alert|
But instead of this being a bad, hang-your-head-in-shame thing for Kellogg’s, the shortage has spawned a boatload of publicity and a rush on the frozen breakfast aisle in the local supermarket, as addicts of mediocre breakfast food stock up on their fave flavors. (Even Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert is getting in on the act, calling for President Obama to open the strategic waffle reserves in the face of this national crisis.)
Which leads me to the Batter Blaster, a spray can of organic waffle and pancake batter. With round toaster waffles in short supply, might this be an alternative?
I’ll be honest. I really, really wanted to like this product. It’s organic. It’s in a spray can. Have I mentioned the spray can? Plus, as my daughter pointed out, think how easy it will be to make waffles and pancakes in the shape of our initials with this.
Even better, the Web site is hilariously retro, with a funny demonstration video, a really annoying little song and a yellow color so glaring it could wake the dead.
Here’s the thing: The batter in Batter Blaster needs some oomph. Like maybe some vanilla and a touch more sugar. The waffles I made with it taste like white bread. But, hey, they’re organic. And with enough syrup and butter....
Of course, there is another really retro thing you could do. Make waffles from scratch. It’s easy. And if you make a big batch, you can freeze the extras and pop them in the toaster just like that other kind.
Here’s my favorite recipe.
Lazy Day Waffles
Makes about 12 waffles
You could separate the eggs and whip the egg whites until stiff and then fold them into the batter at the end for lighter waffles, but, frankly, I think these taste just fine without all that. Hence the name.
Adapted from the DianaCooks.com, which the blogger, in turn, adapted from a recipe in Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything."
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups low-fat or whole milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the waffle maker, according to manufacturer’s directions.
Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
Whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Add to the flour mixture and mix just until combined and no dry streaks remain; do not overmix.
Cook according to your waffle maker’s directions.
-- Candy Sagon, a former Food section staffer
The Food Section
November 20, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
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