It was two friendly Atlanta, Georgia neighbors who got
together in 1955 to build the first Waffle House in their
eventual 1200-restaurant chain. With the dimpled breakfast
hotcake as a signature item (and this is 3 years before
IHOP was founded!), the privately-held chain grew into
20 Southern U.S. states. Today tasty food at rock-bottom
prices, plus 24-hours-a-day service, makes Waffle House
a regular stop for devoted customers any time of the day
or night. And don't even think about referring to your server
as a waitress; they're called "associates."
For the best clone of the 45-year-old secret formula for these
waffles you really should chill this batter overnight in the
fridge as they do in each of the restaurants. But, hey, sometimes
you just can't wait, right? If you need instant gratification,
the recipe still works fine if you cook up the waffles the same
day. At least wait for 15-20 minutes after you make the batter
so that it can rest and thicken a bit. That'll give you time to
search for the waffle iron and heat it up. Also, you might need
some time to dust it off.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Stir to
2. Lightly beat the egg in another medium bowl. Add the sugar,
butter, and shortening and mix well with an electric mixer until
smooth. Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture while beating. Mix
4. Cover and chill overnight. (You can use batter right away if you
like, but a good 12-hour chill makes the batter better.)
5. Rub a light coating of vegetable oil on a waffle iron. Preheat
the waffle iron. Leave the batter out of the refrigerator to warm
up a bit as your waffle iron is preheating.
6. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook for
3 to 4 minutes or until the waffles are light brown.
Makes 6 waffles.