Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I had no idea when I moved to Scotland that it would be so difficult to get my hands on decent waffle. For some reason, waffles here are tiny and dense, more like dense pound cake than what I would expect when I order a waffle. They’re nice, but they’re not exactly what I want. 

In my mind, a waffle should be the size of a dinner plate. It should be light and fluffy and crispy on the outside. It should be served piping hot so that when you spread the butter over it, it melts and makes little pools in all the dents. I prefer maple syrup on my waffle, and plenty of it.

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Belgian Waffle recipe is exactly that. The way waffles are supposed to be. There’s an extra step that makes sure you get the perfect light and fluffy texture. You have to separate your eggs and whip your egg whites to stiff peaks, and then fold them into the batter for an extra lift. It may seem like a fuss, but it’s absolutely worth it. 

You’ll know it’s time to remove your waffle from the waffle iron when the lid lifts relatively easily. The steam coming out of the machine will also decrease. If you try to open it too early, your waffle might split and you’ll end up with two different sides stuck on the inside of your waffle iron.

Also, if you’re wanting to serve your waffles all at the same time, keep them warm by placing them on a rack in a low oven. Don’t put them on a baking sheet or you’ll lose your crispiness on the bottom. Also, don’t stack your waffles or the steam will make them go soft. And just go ahead and put out every conceivable topping. There’s pretty much nothing that’s not delicious on a waffle.

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sometimes you just have to bring the awesomeness into your own house. Make your own Belgian Waffles. It doesn’t get any better.

Belgian Waffles
Yields 8
Belgian Waffles exactly the way they should be, fluffy, crispy, and oh so awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated
  11. 3 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Plug in your waffle iron and start preheating it. You'll need it to be fully heated in order to get that ultimate crispness.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg yolks.
  4. In a third bowl, use an electric mixer to beat your egg whites until foamy. Slowly add in the sugar as you continue beating until you've got stiff peaks.
  5. Add your buttermilk mixture to your dry ingredients and mix gently until combined. A few lumps are fine. With a rubber spatula gently fold in your egg whites into your batter until the streaks are gone.
  6. Add your batter to your waffle iron and cook until the lid lifts relatively easily. If it starts to pull apart in the middle, use a fork to coax the top of the waffle off the waffle iron. Serve immediately or place on a rack in a warm oven to keep hot.
  7. Make sure you have plenty of butter and other toppings for ultimate happiness.
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
http://awesomeon20.com/
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Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Good morning, sunshine! I love you dearly. Let’s eat breakfast.

Breakfast nachos are the perfect platform for some Sunday brunch realness. Mix up a pitcher of outrageously spicy Bloody Marys. Have it all.

Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re gonna thinly slice some potatoes, season the, and roast them in a hot oven. We’re going to top it with tasty sausage, and some smooth and spicy cheese sauce. From there, you can throw on all your favorite nacho toppings. I like to keep it simple with sour cream and some chopped green onions. But I know and you know that we’re really just here for that runny egg. Make one for each person who’s getting in on this action.

Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast is life. Make it nacho!

Breakfast Nachos
Serves 2
Layers of roasted potatoes, cheese, sausage, and fried egg make for a super awesome breakfast.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  2. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. Approximately 1 pound russet potatoes, thinly sliced (enough to cover a baking sheet)
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. 8 ounces of your favorite sausage, casings removed
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  10. 1 tablespoon butter
  11. 1/2 tablespoon flour
  12. 1 cup milk
  13. 1 cup shredded white cheddar
  14. 2 eggs
  15. Toppings such as sour cream, salsa, chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet foil.
  2. In a small dish, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  3. Arrange your potato slices in a single layer on your baking sheet. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle about half of your seasoning mix evenly over the potatoes. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes until soft and slightly crispy around the edges.
  4. In the meantime, heat a skillet over medium heat, and cook the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Once your sausage is cooked through. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for another two minutes or so, then remove the sausage to a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Put the pan back on the stove and turn the heat down to medium low. Melt the butter, then sprinkle in the flour and whisk to form a paste. If your sausage gave off a lot of fat, you may need to add a bit more flour until all the fat is absorbed. Keep whisking while adding in the milk a little bit at a time to make sure you don't get any lumps. Add the remaining seasoning mix and keep whisking until the sauce starts to bubble and becomes thick. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cheese until smooth.
  6. Once all the elements are ready, grab a clean skillet and fry up your eggs just the way you like them.
  7. Arrange your potatoes on a plate or platter, scatter the sausage, then spoon the cheese sauce over your potatoes. Add whatever toppings you like, plus an egg for each person.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
http://awesomeon20.com/
Sour Cream Scones | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sour Cream Scones

Sour Cream Scones | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I frequently run out of things to talk about that aren’t food related. For example, the only thing I have on my mind right now is the difference between jam and jelly. I’m so boring.

Sour Cream Scones | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sour Cream Scones are delicate, delicious, and the perfect vehicle for your favorite jam. If you’re more of a savoury person, these would be perfect as well. I just can’t imagine not saving at least one tender scone to douse in butter and sweet, tart raspberry jam. 

Much like buttermilk biscuits, the slight acidity of the sour cream makes these scones not only more flavourful but also tender and light. It’s like eating a pillow. Scones are best served fresh, in my opinion, so I’ve intentionally made a small batch. I promise, these were all gone in one day.

Sour Cream Scones | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life can never be boring with Sour Cream Scones. Get on it!

Sour Cream Scones
Yields 6
Sour Cream Scones are delicate, delicious, and the perfect vehicle for your favorite jam.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  3. 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/4 teasoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  7. 3/8 cup cold sour cream
  8. 1-1/2 tablespoons cold water
  9. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add your chunks of butter and use your fingers to squish the butter and flour together until you have a loose shaggy mixture.
  3. In a separate dish, whisk together sour cream, water, and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix quickly and gently with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until everything starts to stick together.
  4. I build my scones right on my parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle some flour onto the parchment, plop your dough onto the tray, and sprinkle some more flour on top to keep everything from sticking. Gently pat your dough into a rough rectangle until it's about an inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into six pieces. Gently lift each piece to spread it out a bit on the baking tray.
  5. Baking for abut 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with all your favorite jam.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
http://awesomeon20.com/
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