Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hayley Mills and Whole Wheat Waffles

Gypsy Slow Down

    This is where I spent the morning with a sore throat and the achy flu, until a little later when I migrated downstairs to watch "Return to Me" and Agatha Christie's "Endless Nights." The first movie is one of my favorites and the second I had never seen before. I love Agatha Christie's novels and I also love the actress in the film; Hayley Mills. Growing up, my sisters and I must have watched "The Parent Trap," "Summer Magic," and "Moon Spinners" a million times, but they never got old.

     I will never forget when I worked at the restaurant close to downtown Greensboro and I was up front on a busy Saturday night, trying to organize reservations and tables. The phone rang and the caller ID said Hayley Mills along with a room number. I thought that was funny until I picked up the phone and heard that unmistakable soft and girlish British accent float through the receiver. She was staying in the hotel and wanted to make a reservation for dinner. Sadly I knew we were all booked for the night but she promised to come downstairs and check a little later. I was by the computer greeting people and scanning the crowded foyer when suddenly at my elbow was the most petite and lovely older woman, with soft blondish hair fluffily sitting on her shoulders and a black sweater and capris pants. She was holding a book in her hands and looking up at me with a smile. I wish more than anything I had gone into the dining room and plucked a few guests out of their chairs so she could have a table but there was no room for her. She shook her head sweetly that it was fine and said she would just order room service. I immediately flagged down my friend in room service and told him that Hayley Mills was going to call. I guess I expected the "who?" but nonetheless I tried to explain that she was this amazing actress and that I had just met her a minute ago.

A little later, when the front door was opening less and less and people were trickling out rather than in, my friend walked up with the room service phone in his hand and handed me a napkin. It read, "For Claire, Best Wishes, Hayley Mills." I almost melted into the floor.

As you can see from the photo above I have been making waffles. The one on the plate Witt popped in the toaster for me from yesterday and I could barely swallow it because of my sore throat so it just sat there all day. I hate that it went to waste because it was the best waffle I have made since my grandparents gave us a waffle maker for Christmas and I have been struggling to get the recipe down pat. Whole wheat waffles can be very heavy and dense and not at all crispy and fluffy.  I think I finally found the perfect one, though, so I want to share it with you.

 The secret ingredient is orange juice. The recipe says that it helps to offset some of the whole wheat flour's strong taste. Using orange juice reminded me of my mom's wedding cake recipe. She always said that adding the juice made the cake very moist. These waffles were very moist and crispy and delicious..

Whole Wheat Waffles from King Authur Flour

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (I used stevia)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
Preheat your iron while you make the waffle batter. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and butter or oil. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. The batter will be a bit lumpy; that's OK. Cook the waffles as directed in the instructions that came with your waffle iron. Makes about 3 round Belgian-style waffles.

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