Eating homemade waffles for breakfast or brunch always feels like a special treat, and they make a delightful midafternoon snack as well. Vegan waffles are surprisingly light and crisp. Adding cornmeal to the batter gives them extra crunch.
Yield: 4 7-inch round waffles
1 1/3 cups soymilk (not the light variety), plus more if needed
1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour (not bread flour), plus more if needed
½ cup cornmeal
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons neutral oil, such as corn or canola, plus additional oil or pan spray for greasing the waffle iron
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1. In a 2-cup liquid measure, combine the soymilk and lemon juice; set aside. (The mixture will curdle.)
2. Set a large strainer or sifter over a bowl. Measure in the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir or sift the dry ingredients into the bowl.
3. Stir the oil and maple syrup into the soymilk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquid. Stir with a fork just until blended. The batter should be medium-thick but still pourable; if it’s too runny, stir in a tablespoon or two more flour. Alternatively, if the batter becomes very thick as it stands, stir in a tablespoon or two of soymilk.
4. When the waffle iron is ready, brush the top and bottom with oil or mist with pan spray. Pour a generous ½ cup of batter over the surface. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions until crisp, usually 5 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately or transfer to a cooling rack and keep warm in the oven while you are preparing the remaining waffles.
Add 2 tablespoons of shelled, unsalted sunflower seeds to the batter.
For carefree waffle making, use a nonstick waffle iron, and oil it lightly between batches. Waffles steam and gat soggy if stacked on a plate and kept waiting. If you’re not eating them right away, either keep them warm in a 200°F oven or cool them completely on a rack and refrigerate or freeze them until needed. (Waffles are good keepers.) Defrost and heat the waffles in a toaster or toaster oven.