|Fanny Farmers's Raised Waffles with Strawberries|
One of my favourite well-travelled bloggers Mary of One Perfect Bite invited bloggers to travel along on a culinary journey throughout the year. For 50 weeks we will experiment with dishes from each of the 50 influential women on "the list". Whether you agree or disagree with the authors chosen fifty it will be an enjoyable and creative outlet to cook from the masters. My cohorts for this adventure are Joanne of Eats Well with Others , Claudia of A Seasonal Cook in Turkey, Taryn of Have Kitchen, Will Feed, Susan of the Spice Garden. ands Heather of Girlichef. If you would like to join in please contact Mary. This is an informal event and you have the flexibility to follow along when you can. She will be posting every Friday.
We have all heard of the Fanny Farmer cookbooks, but what do we know about Fanny Farmer the woman. Fannie Merritt Farmer, was stricken with what they believed was polio at the age of 17. She was bedridden and paralyzed and remained an invalid well into her 20's. Her parents urged her to study cookery under Mary J. Lincoln at the Boston Cooking-School where she would become a teacher. At 31 she not only graduated but took the school by storm eventually becoming the school head and transforming American cooking techniques still in place today.
If any of you have been lucky enough to get your hands on a cookbook from the 1800's you will know that cookbooks relied heavily upon story-like paragraph instructions asking you to use a handful of this or a pinch of that. Her emphasis on level precise measurements led her to gradually revise the schools cookbook in 1896 and thereby creating more dependable recipe results. She revolutionized modern cooking and left an indelible print on modern cuisine. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is a perennial favorite of chefs and home cooks alike. It’s very likely that your own mother has one tucked away in her pantry and I’m betting that some of her favorite recipes originated from within its pages.
So from her extensive collections what would I choose to make? After browsing many comforting recipes from the pages of Fanny's books I decided that making waffles with seasonal strawberries was the way to go. One thing you may not know about me is that I do not own a waffle maker. I think this is another hint if anyone is listening!!! I called one of my good friends who does have a waffle maker and invited myself for brunch!!! Thanks to my adventurous friends Sheryl and Doug for being my taste testers!!! This classic recipe for waffles became the standard American version since the Fannie Farmer cookbook was first published. Simple and wonderful, and always a family treat. The recipe suggests you use a standard, not Belgian Waffle maker for the best results. If you like sourdough bread you will love these!
What have we been up to.....
Mary of One Perfect Bite - Rhubarb Custard Pie
Joanne of Eats Well with Others - Vegetable Paella
Claudia of A Seasonal Cook in Turkey- Pure Cream of Tomato Soup
Taryn of Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Whole Wheat Bread
Susan of the Spice Garden - Fanny Farmers Boston Brown Bread
Heather of Girlichef - English Muffins
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 package dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
- 1/2 cup butter; cut in 8 pieces
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- butter; for serving
- warmed maple syrup; for serving
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