There are many wonderful things about having family members live in Germany.
There’s the traveling to Germany part (thanking hubby for his zillions of frequent flyer miles.)
There’s the adventure of a new language (I really didn’t get past “nein,” sorry!)
There’s the instant bonding cousins who’ve never met have while careening down snow-coated hills.
There’s the snow-coated hills. We hail from Venezuela and South Florida, this, and any other winter-related activity (including scraping ice off car windshields) spawns enthusiasm/excitement.
And then there are the waffles.
Waffles are hard-core Christmas street food in Germany. They sort of became a thing there in the 18th Century. I know Belgium has an international reputation as waffle masters, but, believe me, the Germans know what they are doing with their waffles, and it doesn’t matter if there is a blizzard, ice, or below freezing temperatures, waffle stands are out there making waffles non-stop. If they pour waffle batter, they will [and do] come!
My children (and my first child, my husband) can’t resist anything chocolate, so they got their waffles bathed in chocolate syrup. I am more of a traditionalist when it comes to Sandwaffeln, which, unlike American waffles, are enjoyed in Germany for Kaffeetrinkin (afternoon cake and coffee), so I got mine with just a light sprinkling of powdered sugar. I also passed on the coffee and headed straight for another German winter favorite: glühwein, a hot brew of spices, sugar, citrus, wine, and booze served in a festive mug designed just for that year.
Either way works wonders for the soul, especially a very weather-wimpy tropical soul who was instantly revitalized sitting on a frozen German bench, gobbling warm dough while alternating with sips of hot mulled wine.
- 2/3 cup butter (150 grams)
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons milk
- Cream sugar and butter in mixer.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Add lemon zest and vanilla and mix.
- Sift baking powder and flours together and add into mixture. Add milk.
- Bake in a heated waffle iron.
- Dust with powdered sugar or coat with chocolate syrup.
- Makes 12 waffles