In case you didn't know, we are big, and I mean BIG waffle fans. Most of our parties revolve around waffles as do most of our breakfasts. About a year ago we discovered the best waffle on the face of the planet...At my Nana's! We went to visit Nana & Papa Peterson down in St. George last year and came home with a jar full of icky, gooey goodness: a sourdough starter. It's basically fermented gook and it. Is. AWESOME!
There are two main steps to a sourdough recipe. The first step is to create more gook, basically by letting it breed like a wild rabbit.. My sourdough starter consists of one cup of gook. After I've created more gook, I take out one cup and put in back in the jar before the second step. If you don't take it out, ALL IS LOST! That's why you give starters to your friends. They can bail you out of your spoiled starter nightmares. Anyways...you start with these ingredients: gook, instant dry milk, flour, and water (not pictured).
Dump the gook into a large mixing bowl.
It's pretty gooky
Then you add the powdered milk and flour.
Then add the water and mix well. Cover this lovely mixture with a dish towel and let it sit overnight. That gook needs to germinate! (Probably not the right word.)
In the morning it will look something like the picture below: bubbly, frothy, and a little creepy.
Take out one cup(ish) and put it back in the jar. (Which you washed last night...) This will stay in the fridge until the next time you make sourdough goodness.
Next comes the second step of a sourdough recipe. From this point there are endless possibilities. Depending on the ingredients added next, you can make pancakes, bread, cake, or WAFFLES! For the best waffle in the world you need the ingredients below:
Add the powdered milk, soda, salt, sugar, oil, and eggs.
Mix! It gets quite bubbly and expansive. This is a good thing.
Then pour into your favorite waffle iron but be careful. A little goes a LONG way with this batter. I have learned this from extensive experience with overflowing waffle irons...
Oh snap! You just made the best waffle in the whole world!
Afterthought: I didn't include the actual recipe because you can't make it without a starter! And in order to get a starter, you'll have to come visit us in Texas. Take that!