The days after Thanksgiving…what do you run out of first? We always are left with lots of starches and run out of turkey first. Part of the “problem” is that we make lots of starches and only the one turkey breast. So, what to do? Well, rolls are great for a lunch sandwich to switch things up a bit. Mashed potatoes can go with lots of proteins. But what about stuffing? It is generally best with poultry, but this year I decided to casserole-it. It already had sausage in it, so I figured I would turn it into a breakfast casserole.
After making breakfast pizza before, I didn’t make it again for awhile. Until now. I had been super happy with my latest pizza dough and I found a recipe to make breakfast pizza a different way. So, I decided to try to combine the two. I made the dough one night and then woke up in the middle of the night (thanks, Chiplet) to find out the power was out in the house. In fact, most of our region was without power from a wind storm. So, I was left with dough that I couldn’t cook since our generator was not quite strong enough to risk using the oven. So, I contacted the pizza dough recipe creator on Twitter and he actually gave me the idea to try grilling the pizza. It was dry and not too cold out so I decided to give it a go. And of course it started raining as soon as I started grilling. And then it was so dark out that I couldn’t quite tell what I was doing. So, the first pizza was just so-so. Then a few days later I made a second pizza with the remaining dough and it actually turned out much better with the oven, so maybe a regular pizza would be fine on the grill but not this version? Who knows. Either way, this one was great.
As for our power?
Once again I am bringing a breakfast food we had for dinner…because that is what we often do around here. I’ve gotten around to making more of them for brunch on the weekend, but sometimes it is easier for dinner when I can be louder while cooking (for lunch, the Chiplet is often napping until right before we eat, so I wouldn’t be able to do things like use a blender/etc. This recipe doesn’t look like much, but it was tasty and enjoyed by all of us.
Today is a simple recipe that was inspired by some puff pastry recipes I found. I ended up doing my own using some Trader Joe’s dough I had stashed away. If you haven’t tried their puff pastry dough, you should. It’s only available around December, as far as I know, and not only is it a great price but it tastes really good because it is all butter like the DuFour kind. But for whatever reason, I like this one better and have had better luck with it. I didn’t realize it was a limited edition kind of product the first year, so the second year I stocked up!
I’ve made these a couple times and apparently both times forgot to take pictures. Whomp whomp. But maybe in the future when I make them next I can try to remember and add the pictures later. I do have the after shots, though.
These waffles were pretty amazing. They bake up crispy on the outside and eggy/chewy on the inside. I also kind of like that the shapes are not the typical round waffles.
As for the fancy pearl sugar usually required? I made a version with sugar and water. Unfortunately I forgot about them in the oven and they lost their shape, but I just broke them up into pieces again and they worked just fine in the dough. You can certainly buy the pearl sugar (Amazon has it, but there are grocery stores that carry it, too) or make it at home if you don’t feel like waiting.
Speaking of the dough, those are the little dough balls you make and then put in your waffle iron. I tried using extra dough but it didn’t work well. The waffles would take too long to cook through and the outside wasn’t as good. So, stick with the golf ball hunks of dough I describe in the directions.
These waffles don’t need syrup because they are sweet enough as is–the Fudgelet actually said that they taste like they have syrup in them. I hope you’ll try them!
Directions for Liege Waffles
Adapted from Something Swanky
- 1 Tablespoon instant dry yeast
- 1.5 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup milk, lukewarm (around 100-110 degrees F)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter, slightly cooled
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces pearl sugar (or 1/2 recipe of below)
Sprinkle the yeast and granulated sugar over the milk. Let rest 5 minutes, or until foamy. Whisk the eggs in a stand mixer for about 2 minutes on medium-low until lightly beaten. Add the vanilla extract, then add the milk mixture and mix. Then, with the mixer on low, slowly pour in the melted butter. Add the flour and salt, then switch to the dough attachment. Knead for a few minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until a ball of dough forms and it pulls away from the sides.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1 hour until doubled. Alternatively, allow to rise slowly overnight in the refrigerator. When ready, preheat the waffle iron. Meanwhile, knead the pearl sugar into the dough then make golf ball-sized balls of dough. Cook one ball at a time until golden brown. For my waffle maker, this was about 3 minutes. Use forks to remove from the maker as the pearl sugar will caramelize and be super hot. You can keep the waffles warm in a 200 degree F oven on a baking sheet, if desired.
Hack for Pearl Sugar
- 10 ounces Granulated sugar
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Begin by grinding the granulated sugar in a mini food processor until it is more finely ground. Then add water and stir with your hands until it forms a dough. Then, make little balls of dough and place them on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 1 hour until they turn crisp.
We are getting really close to baby time. Even though I am writing this a couple months ahead of time, this still feels close to baby time. I am doing lots of preparation for this birth but still feel kind of behind. We are still figuring out what to do with the crib situation…do we move the Fudgelet to a regular bed or order another crib for the baby? I am leaning towards new crib but the ones we like are pricey and maybe I am being overly cautious? I don’t know…and I still need to buy some other stuff for the baby, like a new baby monitor. Ours is fine…a bit buggy, but all of the video ones seem to have bugs and not last very long. Regardless, our current one is okay but probably won’t last much longer (hopefully until next summer or so when I plan on being done using it for the Fudgelet). By the time this post is live, I’m hopeful all of this will be sorted out and I can just worry about the stuff I can’t fully prepare for (when labor starts, how the Fudgelet will be when I’m at the hospital, how the new kid will handle newborn things, how we will handle two kid things…).
Just before our last trip to Maryland, I had made a breakfast casserole for the day we left. It was okay…but definitely not a recipe I would repeat. This was a recipe I found, and after a few changes, it was a recipe I have already repeated. It is easy to have the ingredients on hand, and it comes together quickly.