Camellia Grille in New Orleans was popular for waffles ~ 1960. We went there most weekends for breakfast. For many years I tried to replicate those waffles. Ultimately I created a recipe + method for waffles that are even superior than Camellia Grille! The answer was really basic applying minimal, but precise ingredients and specific system. Initially…. my definition of waffle heaven is a (1) seriously crispy exterior and (2) a chewy [not "cakey"] interior.
High gluten bread flour; instant yeast; water; olive oil; vanilla,
Prepare the night just before producing waffles
Add to a mixing container [I use a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid]: Bread flour, 1 to 2 cups or much more based on how several waffles are desired. Instant yeast – one envelope. Salt 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp per cup of flour [not essential go by taste preference]. Mild olive oil ~ 1/2 TBS / cup of flour [may require more or less based on your waffle iron]. Water – add water in steps and hand mix for a thick but pourable consistency. Vanilla extract to taste. Beat I use a two paddle mixer on high speed and mix completely for at the very least a minute. The objective is to mix AND develop the gluten. Put in fridge overnight to rise.
Mix by hand in the morning to eliminate water or huge bubbles etc for a constant smooth thick pourable batter. Grease waffle Iron with Pam etc and wipe off and excess. Pour batter on completely HOT waffle iron and swiftly use mixing spoon to distribute the batter and rapidly close the iron.
Flip iron if you have that sort. I don’t and grab iron with kitchen towel folded with 4 thicknesses and flip iron over for a handful of seconds and then place on counter to cook.
When steam diminishes [not before] open iron to check browning…. cook longer if vital for browning. The waffles will be truly crispy with a chewy interior and superb with butter and heated real maple syrup!
The batter, kept inside the fridge, lasts a while. Just requires to be hand stirred to incorporate any separated water just before utilizing. Can have waffles frequently with a large batch of batter.
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