Waffles & Ice CreamWhen I was growing up on Elissa Lane, in Yonkers, New York, my Grandparents Fran and Mike lived downstairs from us. My Dad’s older brother, Uncle Michael lived downstairs from them. It was awesome, I was always very close with all of them. My brother and I spent countless hours, visiting, laughing, hearing all the stories, and always learning…growing. Grandma Fran was an amazing cook, I still can’t recreate her world famous beef stew. That is one of my major regrets in life, that I didn’t get the chance to learn that recipe. Grandma was always the favorite of all the neighborhood kids. She would disperse candy to all of us, and I remember numerous times when she would feed our friends. All the kids called her “Grandma”. Her house was always open.
We would sit on the floor while she was usually moving back and forth from the kitchen to the couch, and grandpa was relaxing in his recliner. We would watch the Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune, they both loved game shows. I miss those times! Uncle Michael would take my brother and I to Pathmark for late night runs and buy us the biggest bag of candies or those wax things filled with brightly colored sugar water! The joys of temporarily being in charge of kids, loading them up with insane amounts of sugar, and then shipping them back upstairs for their parents to deal with the aftermath. I’m looking forward to having grandkids of my own…payback is going to be SWEET!
I still vividly remember the time Uncle Mike took me to Yonkers Raceway to bet on the ponies! It was incredible for me, but my Mom and Dad didn’t agree. I’m still surprised I was allowed to keep the awesome bmx bike I was able to buy with the money I got from picking the winners for my uncle and all his friends.
Grandma Fran was always the Queen of desserts. Her specialty is called waffles and ice cream. Two hot, crispy on the outside, tender inside, waffles with your favorite ice cream quickly melting in between. You pick it up like a sandwich and chow down. Sometimes it was topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and cherries! Those special times would require a knife and fork, or at least a spoon. I try my best to avoid or at least limit the sweets now, that I constantly battle with weight, but this is still my favorite! I can close my eyes, feel the awesome hot/cold combination, the battle of textures and flavors. The confusion your brain feels as you try to make sense of the awkward marriage of breakfast and dessert at the same time. The memories of the love and security I felt as a young boy, being surrounded by the people who were responsible for my very existence here on earth. These are a huge part of what makes us who were are…the things that money cannot buy.
total time 13 mins
prep time: 10 mins
cook time: 3 mins
Yield: 8-10 4×4 in waffles
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tbl sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbl melted unsalted butter
2 cups milk
Preheat your waffle iron. In a bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until sugar is dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow color. Add the vanilla, melted butter, and milk and whisk to combine. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently to combine. Do not over mix. In a third bowl, whip egg whites by hand or with an electric mixture until soft peaks form. About 1-2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped egg whites into batter. Do not overmix! Spray preheated waffle iron with non stick spray, pour in just enough batter to cover griddle, close cover and cook per manufacturer’s instruction until golden, usually 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.
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