One thing I love about running races is the night before. Sure, I get excited like a 8 year old on Christmas Eve, but I love it for other reasons. Like, the carb load. During running season I like to carb cycle throughout the week. It helps me lean out and when I coincide my long runs with my more carb-ish days it helps me trim down and get faster. But, that’s a post for another day.
But, the night before I do look forward to my carb load meal. I try to keep it fairly light and non-greasy. But, over the past couple of years I have a few go to dishes I like before races. Pancakes, pasta with marinara sauce (absolutely love this one), potatoes with broccoli and cereal. Since I am running my first race in 2014 and first since Thanksgiving tomorrow morning I wanted to have something that I haven’t had for a while and that was just simply … good.
Well, my friend Becca has been on this waffle kick of late. She got a Bella Waffle maker for Christmas and now she makes waffles pretty much everyday (as far as I know she is not pregnant). I doubled with her and her husband on New Years Day and she made brownie waffles for dessert. Divine. But, clearly she has a problem. A delicious, delicious problem.
See, the thing is, as much as Becca loves waffles she doesn’t just go for any kind of waffle. She’s not a waffle slut, I guess I’m saying? She has to make them from scratch. She has a basic, simple and delicious recipe that she follows. And, since tonight’s dinner was my carb load I thought I would give them a try. And, I was not disappointed in the least.
The waffles turned out golden, crisp and delicious. I added a little ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’ spray and sugar-free maple syrup on it and pretty much was in heaven. Since I am in the business of sharing, here’s her recipe. Simple and easy. Enjoy.
Ingredients – Makes four large waffles
1 3/4 c., flour
1 Tbsp., sugar
1 Tbsp., baking powder (heaping)
1/2 tsp., salt
1/2 c., butter
1 1/2 c., milk
Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) into a large mixing bowl. Shift well.
Combine wet ingredients (eggs, milk, butter) and mix well.
Make a crater in the dry ingredients and then pour wet ingredients in cavity. Mix batter well, working out all lumps.
Pour batter into a waffle iron and prepare waffles as directed.