When I was a kid, waffles meant it was a very good day.

Making breakfast.And KFC meant we were on vacation, and my mom’s jelly roll with the meringue mushrooms meant it was January 1. Now that I’m a grown-up I can have waffles whenever I want, which means I really should have more very good days, but for whatever reason, same way that I don’t own a pie plate, I don’t have a waffle iron.

Today we babysat my nephew at my parents’ house, and waffles are one of his favourite things too, more so than ice cream, which I told him he could have for breakfast if he wanted and he thought about it. He showed remarkable maturity in declining the offer.

We only ever had one recipe for waffles when I was a kid, and the recipe came from The New Purity Cook Book, which purports to be “the complete guide to Canadian cooking,” though I’m not sure what that actually means.

Cover shot.Apparently Purity was (is?) a company that made flour and assorted other baking products, and they put out a cookbook, though I’ve never seen any of their products for sale anywhere. And for some reason, my parents had the cookbook. I happened upon the same cookbook (in hardcover) a couple of months ago in a thrift store, so I picked it up and now I have the waffle recipe as well.

Flour ad.These are best made on a waffle iron with little squares. Not those big, hulking Belgian waffle squares, which are not sufficient if you want ample maple syrup distribution. I wish I could show you but I guess those must be hard to come by now because even Mom and Dad have the big-squared kind of waffle maker. The little squares sopped up the syrup far more efficiently, like a sponge, which is how you want to eat waffles. They’re plain because they’re vehicles for maple syrup, which I guess is why they are included in the complete guide to Canadian cooking. You can fancify these any way you want – add bananas, berries, pumpkin, spices, adapt however you like – I never do, because some things just don’t need gussying up. So here. Make these waffles, and have yourself a very good day too.

Waffles (adapted from The New Purity Cook Book)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Sift together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the liquids.

Heat the waffle iron according to your waffle iron’s instructions. You may need to lightly grease the iron before heating, depending on what kind you have or how old it is. I greased lightly, using a little bit of butter. My parents have that spray grease stuff, but ew.

Pour batter into waffle iron, drop the lid, and cook until waffles have stopped steaming, and are golden and fluffy. Don’t lift the lid during cooking, or else they flatten out and don’t work as well for syrup-sopping.

Waffling.Serve hot and steaming from the iron, doused in real maple syrup. Maple syrup is to real waffles as Mrs. Butterworth is to Eggos. It is glorious and perfect and should be used in abundance whenever possible, and waffles make it possible.

I challenge you to have anything less than a wonderful day if you start your morning with waffles. You won’t be able to do it – you’ll be all smiles until bedtime, I promise.

Mmmmmmm.

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4 thoughts on “When I was a kid, waffles meant it was a very good day.

  1. Square waffle irons…Crate & Barrel sells a Calphalon square waffle iron and ships to Canada. At 100 USD it’s not inexpensive, but it’s cheaper than the All-Clad ones which range from 200-300 USD.

    And while not square, this option for stove top is affordable and fun… The Nordic Ware Waffled Pancake Pan, priced at 36 USD most locations (not sure where to purchase online for shipment to Canada).

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    1. Aha! Thanks. I’ll totally check that out 🙂 Though there’s a Crate & Barrel right across the border, so I could maybe make a day trip. I will get a waffle iron yet!

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  2. I bought my waffle maker at Zeller for about 12$ and I’ve had it for years. The waffles are atill amazing when they come out 🙂 As for Purity products, today at Fresh Co (depending on where you live, it’s a grocery chain that replaced Price Chopper), I found purity jam jams. They’re soft cookies, sandwiched together with jam and they taste almost like my grandmother’s recipe for thimble cookies. I’ve also seen the Purity crackers and flour there. They’re made in NL, for reference’s sake.

    I’ve been looking for one of these cookbooks and I hope I have the same luck as you and find one in a thrift shop.

    Take care,
    -Nathalie

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    1. I finally got one as a gift! It is my favourite toy – I use it for everything, even as a panini press. I do see the cookbook from time to time in used book stores and thrift shops – I’ll keep an eye out for one and drop you a line if I see one.

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