My mother-in-law makes the best waffles. They’re incredibly light and crispy on the outside, yet still rich and tender on inside. And, even though I’ve learned the secret recipe (which actually comes from an out-of-print Knudsen Dairy Cookbook called, funnily enough, Cooking for Compliments), these are especially nice when someone is kind enough to make them for you. So I recommend making these for someone you love.
Oh, and if you don’t have a waffle iron, it may be time to get on that. (We have—and love—this VillaWare waffle maker.)
The first thing you’ll notice about the recipe is that is calls for a generous serving of butter. There are a few tricks to making these the best waffles ever, but I think that stick of butter goes a long way toward making them crisp. Butter is actually an expensive ingredient. Restaurants skimp and that’s one reason you find yourself with sad, doughy or cakey specimens.
The substitution of cake flour for all-purpose is also a special trick that will help you to steer clear of those descriptions—it makes for very tender waffles.
You can cheat on just about all of the other steps (e.g. substitute yogurt thinned with milk for buttermilk, skip the separated eggs, forgo sifting, and even use all-purpose flour instead of cake), and you’ll still get wonderful results. But I promise you that the extra time you take to get it perfect will indeed earn you those compliments.