I have found that some of my best ideas have come at the spur of the moment. I knew that I wanted waffles, but I didn’t know what type of waffles I wanted. I looked into the refrigerator and wham! A wild epiphany appeared. I quickly threw my creative master ball. The legendary Stack of Bacon Waffles was caught!
I’ve written a bit about different types of waffles and textures, so this time I will focus on bacon. Bacon is the cured meat of a pig. In America, this meat comes from Pork Belly, which as an allusion, explains why it is so similar to Filipino Lechon Liempo (one of the greatest tasting things imaginable, but sadly much too fatty for its own good).
Pork Belly is cured by brining and then smoking it. This creates the characteristic flavor of bacon. Brining is a useful technique, even for the home cook. Brining was initially used to kill off bacteria and contain spoilage in food, but it is now used to add flavor to food as well. Brines contain large amounts of salts and flavoring agents, which make the solution highly hypertonic for salt. Because the salt content outside of the cells are higher than the content inside of the cells, the salt will diffuse into the cell. As the salt content inside the cell rises, the brine liquid begins to enter the cells via osmosis bringing the flavoring with it.
Brines have many uses, but one of the more common uses is to brine Thanksgiving turkeys to greatly enhance the flavor.
3/4 cup +1 tbs all-purpose flour
2 tbs cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tbs teaspoons sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Extras- Your choice of cooked bacon
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar (to prevent starch clumping), baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well.
- Combine the wet ingredients: Beat the egg until light. Then beat the vegetable oil into the egg. Add the milk and vanilla and mix well.
- Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Stir the cooked bacon into the batter. Then let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles