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Recipe for my grandfather’s “Good-Night” waffles:
(from the book that came with his fancy-dancy Waring Pro Belgian wafflemaker, which he LOVES)
for six waffles:
1/2 cup lukewarm water 105°F
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
2-1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (one packet)
2 cups whole milk, warmed to 105°F
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda
The Night Before or at least 8 hours before baking, combine the warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, until foamy. Stir in warm milk, melted butter and salt. Beat in flour until smooth; use a hand mixer on low speed. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter overnight. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.
In the am, mix in eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of baking soda while the waffle maker preheats.
In the morning, preheat your Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker on setting #4. While it is heating, stir eggs, vanilla and baking soda into the batter. Pour onto waffle grids. Close cover, rotate 180° to right; bake until it beeps, rotate 180° to the left. Remove when indicated, repeat with remaining batter. Waffles may be kept warm in a slow oven 200°F on a rack on a cookie sheet. Serve with fresh fruit, jam, powdered sugar, a warm fruit syrup or whipped cream.