Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles



I just started making homemade mixes in my kitchen not too long ago.  I hadn't really seen the need to mix stuff up when I had the recipe and the stuff in my kitchen UNTIL one day I was making some Perfect Pancakes and ran out of eggs.  Hmm... here I was with all the dry ingredients and no eggs.  I decided to plop my ingredients in a jar to use later.  Then, fast forward to a day that I wanted to make some pancakes and "BAM" (as quoted by two of my favorite hollywood personalities, Sheldon from Big Bang Thoeory and Emeril Lagasse from the Food Network...), I had pancakes!  I had forgotten how easy having a mix was for getting stuff on the table fast.  I don't usually make a big deal out of making a mix.  I just have a few canning jars out and as I'm making pancakes I add the dry ingredients to the jars for extra batches.  It's that simple.



The recipe for the Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles is an actual mix that you mix up a big batch of and then dole out two cup portions as your "mix".  I saw this recipe at Finding Joy in my Kitchen.  I can always depend on Sno White's recipes to be yummy!  Sno White calls the recipe "Kris Kringle Pancakes."  They are hearty and delicious! 

Sometimes I make these as pancakes but this time I wanted waffles.  I love having waffles in the freezer for toasting on busy mornings.  Yesterday I was home by myself so I made some, ate what I wanted and froze the rest for later. 


When you cook these as pancakes or as waffles, the smell of cinnamon and oatmeal is almost intoxicating!  I love them!  The batter is very thick.  I think you could add a little more liquid for thinner pancakes if you wanted.  They are a hearty breakfast and I served mine several ways.  Ha!  Yes, I had three squares of waffle (my wafflle iron makes a huge waffle that is cut in fourths.  I had some with applesauce, some with applesauce plus maple syrup, and my favorite way?  That was with maple syrup and a little scoop of peanut butter!  YUM! 

Here's how I made Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles AT HOME MY WAY:

Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes / Waffles

Ingredients:
  • 4 C oats (quick cooking preferred)
  • 4 C flour (2 C each, whole wheat & reg-unbleached "white" flour)
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 C powdered milk
  • 3 T baking powder
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Directions

In a large bowl, combine 4 C oats, 4 C flour, 3/4 C brown sugar, 1 C powdered milk, 3 T baking powder, 2 T cinnamon, 3 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar. Mix well and add to each jar or baggy a 2-cup portion of the mix.

Add a note to each jar/baggy or print a label:

To each jar of mix, for waffles or pancakes add:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 C oil (or applesauce)
  • 1 C water
  • 2 C pancake mix
To mix the pancakes/waffles.  Blend/beat eggs, add oil, water and mix well.  Pour over pancake mix and gently stir.

(Hint:  This time, AGAIN I was out of eggs.  I substituted the eggs and oil with the amount of mayonnaise that was equal to the amount of oil called for in the recipe - because mayo is eggs plus oil.  I let them sit a few minutes before cooking to "blend" the flavors.  IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!)
 



Enjoy! 
 
Gina

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