We lived on the east coast for two short years while Kev completed his internship and post-doc work. We don’t fall under the adventurous category, but we made good use of our time driving up and down the coast—from Camden, Maine to St. Michaels, Maryland (where some of my extended family calls home). That’s 600 miles of very trafficked roads if you’re doing the math. Tucked between every other road trip, we found ourselves on the train to New York City—a city that stole my husband’s Oklahoma-born heart. Five months pregnant and celebrating Mother’s Day (though I didn’t feel like much of one yet), he walked and I waddled into a charming little spot called Tipsy Parson. That’s where I had the best waffle of my life.
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Crispy on the outside, cakey in the middle, golden in color. It was rich, a welcomed richness. Was it egg yolks? Butter? Probably both. Oh, hi Kev! How are your migas? Hmmm…how did they achieve this texture? This color? I wonder if they’ve ever shared the recipe online? Nope. Mel, put down your phone. Stop Instagramming.
I wasn’t instagramming. This time. I was in full-on sleuth mode. I’d already asked our waitress what type of fat they used in the biscuit we shared as an appetizer. She asked the kitchen. It was butter. I couldn’t send her back with another question. Or could I? I didn’t. Instead, I put my phone down and enjoyed the rest of the meal like a semi-normal human being.
It’s been almost two years since that visit. Every once and a while when I can’t sleep, I scour the WWW to see if they’ve released their waffle and biscuit recipe. Still nothing. Since we’re building a house and calling it our gift for every holiday until 2025, I decided to treat myself this Mother’s Day to the gift of Tipsy at home. I started with my go-to wheat waffle recipe, swapping out the wheat for regular flour. It had plenty of butter, so I left that the same and added an extra egg yolk. The waffle was rich, a welcome richness, but the color and structure were lacking. Then one Friday night while spreading a thin layer of cornmeal on the pizza peel, it hit me.
A little bit of cornmeal, and there she was in all her glory. Rich and golden; crispy on the outside and cakey in the middle. I can’t remember where I learned it first. Was it Sara or Steph? Either way, I can’t eat a waffle without a little plain yogurt now. I then add preserves and berries, and of course a little maple syrup too. Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, birthday, Christmas, Kev! Waffles are better than candles and button-up work shirts anyways.
Into a small saucepan, melt butter. Add milk and stir to combine. If butter and milk separate, heat a bit longer until evenly incorporated. Remove from heat.
Into a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and kosher salt. Whisk to combine.
Begin heating waffle iron on medium-high. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and set aside.
Into the milk mixture, whisk in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Over-stirring will create a dense batter. Batter will be lumpy.
Once waffle iron is ready, add batter to griddle. Amount will vary based on waffle iron. To achieve heart waffles, use a spring release scoop. Fill scoop with batter. Starting in the top left side quadrant of the griddle, release the batter in a downward motion towards the lower center of the griddle, tapering off just before reaching the edge. Repeat on the other side. This will take a little practice. Think skinny hearts as you’re pouring. It will expand as it cooks.
Place cooked waffles on prepared baking sheet. This will help them to hold their crisp exterior. Serve immediately or place a in warmed oven (250°F degrees) to re-crisp.
Top waffles with yogurt, Bonne Maman preserves, berries, and maple syrup.
These were wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!
Topping them with yogurt was delicious!
It looks beautiful, must be delicious!
OBSESSED with your heart-shaped-waffle technique. I was about to go out and buy one of those (admittedly adorable) Swedish waffle-makers, but you’ve shown me the light…and saved me some money.
My favorite gifts are the food kind anyways…bring on the waffles!!
Plain yogurt vs. vanilla ice cream waffle topping is a constant his-and-her battle in this house. Love the added touch of the jam, will definitely have to try that next time. And one can never have too many waffle recipes in their back pocket — so thank you 🙂
Those are the best kind of battles.
How lovely, Melissa! These waffles are the cutest. <3
These are so perfect! I can’t wait to try a dab of jam on my waffle this weekend. Thanks for sharing – and a very Happy mother’s Day to you!!
I recently bought two waffle makers while goodwill hunting. a belgian waffle & magic chef square waffle maker. I can’t wait to try your new recipe.
Two waffle makers!? Don’t tell my husband but I think I need two!
These waffles look so good. Breakfast is made with waffles.
You! You went and made your waffles BETTER. And – !!! – that is the cutest plate of waffles I have ever seen. Your blog posts always make me so happy. 🙂
Thanks for always putting a smile on my face Sara! One day, we’re going to eat waffles together. I know it.
The waffle looks so good. – I brought a jar of Bonne Maman apricot preserves home with me from Dallas last week. Wish I had one of your waffles to spread some on!
I’ll make you these when you’re here! We have plenty on Bonne Maman too!
I love waffles + plain yogurt. I’m so glad I’m not alone in this! And this is pretty much the cutest plate of waffles that I’ve ever seen <3 <3 <3
When I first saw people doing it, I thought it was so weird. Now we put plain yogurt on just about everything. Speaking of yogurt, have you tried biscuits in her new book yet? They’re made with yogurt. So, so good!
I was hesitating about about buying a waffle maker but you may have just talked me into it!
Grown up me has been totally digging pancakes with fruit and yogurt, what happened to all the syrup I loved? I haven’t tried it with preserves though I can safely say it will be heaven.
Waffle makers are so clunky but I’ll build another cabinet just to have one 🙂
And now I need to buy a waffle maker 😉
I love apricot preserves. My favourite! I like to stuff apricot jam into crêpes, but I should try it on waffles! Duh!
I’m glad you cracked the code for the perfect waffle. That’s important! (well to me it is, lol!)
Have you ever waffled a crepe? Is that even possible? I should stop and just eat waffles or crepes 🙂
This is gorgeous! Oh my gosh, I can’t tell you how badly I want/need that waffle!!!! Love the yogurt topping. I’ll have to try that….tomorrow! 😉
I adore Bonne Maman preserves! So tasty. What a wonderful giveaway, too. 🙂