Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Banana Waffles

I am not a chef. I'm kind of awful in the kitchen. I can heat stuff up pretty well, but when it comes to being creative, I am a big fat culinary loser.

But this one experiment turned out pretty well.

I have an awesome recipe for banana muffins that I got from Giada on the Food Network. When I tried to pour the batter into bread molds, I found that I have no bread pans, and so I decided to get creative.

Jerry got a waffle maker for Father's Day one year, you know, the kind where you pour the batter in and flip it upside down and two minutes later out comes a perfect waffle?

Don't have one? $30 at Target. Get one.

So instead of loaves of banana bread, I made banana bread waffles.

Mm, mmm, good! (I will say however, that syrup was too rich with these waffles. They needed some butter and powdered sugar, which I didn't have.)

Here's the recipe:

3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 c. sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/4-1/2 c. nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 325∘

Combine dry ingredients. In another bowl combine wet ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Add nuts.

Pour into lined or buttered muffin/bread pans (or waffle maker). Bake 25-28 minutes for muffins, 30-35 minutes for bread loaves, until knife inserted comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.