When I was putting my book together, I knew I wanted to have some classic staples in there. Some no-fail, easy to throw together basics for all of us non-basics. Some little black dress action for the kitchen. For when we need to dress up, or dress down.
Enter the ever mighty waffle, blessed by Leslie Knope and mouths everywhere.
The great thing about these waffles is that they don’t require that added step of whipping egg whites, so you’re able to make them while you’re half awake, probably without pants. Maybe the addition of ricotta sounds a little weird, but it gives them this sort of fluffy, almost creamy interior that’s like mouth heaven. We get that crispy exterior by adding plenty of butter, adding a kewt amount of cornstarch, and using a hot waffle iron.
The crazy thing about waffles in general though is how you can be very modest or show all the boobs in the form of ice cream #icecreamboobs.
Let’s get that trending.
When I have waffles, it’s usually just the classic butter + pure maple syrup + a sprinkle of maldon. Buuuut when she’s feeling her oats, it’s ice cream + hot fudge + all the whipped cream + a cherry, because you never know who can tie a cherry stem in their mouth.
Ricotta Waffles from Whip It Up! (serves 4)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup ricotta
1 cup water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Turn on the waffle iron and preheat the oven to 200°F, line a baking sheet with a cooling rack and place that in the warm oven. We’re creating a nice place for the waffles to hang out so they stay warm and crisp.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking powder, and salt.
Melt the butter in the microwave or a small pan on the stove. Meanwhile, combine the ricotta and water in a large 4-cup measuring cup. As soon as the butter’s melted, mix it into the ricotta water mixture. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then add that to the dry ingredients. Carefully mix just until it’s combined, being careful not to overmix.
Cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the waffle iron and transfer to the baking sheet in the warm oven. DO NOT STACK WAFFLES BEFORE SERVING unless you want a hot soggy mess. Serve with pure maple syrup and flaky sea salt, or anything else your heart desires.
Billy Green is the voice behind the blog Wit & Vinegar. He lives in Southern California with his partner, Steve, and their two dogs, Mose and Nomi, where he consumes way too much coffee and chocolate. If he’s not cooking, he’s probably watching some television revolving around housewives or drag queens. Follow along on Instagram at @witandvinegar.