It's the last week of summer before school starts here, so per my son's request we had an impromptu pancake and waffle party Monday night. It's the first time I've had a breakfast party in the evening, and as far as entertaining goes, it was one of the easiest ideas to execute. I was in charge of pancakes, my husband manned the waffle maker, with the batters prepared beforehand and the meats cooked and kept warm in a 150 degree oven. Kids had milk and there was a variation of a bourbon milk punch for the adults, also batched beforehand and served from a punch bowl.
My son had requested that guests bring their pajamas "just in case," though we weren't sure exactly what that meant. A few guests took it a step further and showed up in their pajamas, which I love. Add a few board games to the mix and you've got a party suitable for all ages.
Below is the waffle recipe my family has used my entire life (courtesy of my grandmother):
Maryland Cream Waffles
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup melted butter
1. Mix and sift dry ingredients together.
2. Add milk, which has been mixed with beaten egg yolks.
3. Add melted butter; beat until all lumps have disappeared and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
4. Fold in beaten egg whites. Put in small amount of batter and bake 3 minutes or until steam has stopped.
This is my husband's reinterpretation of a classic New Orleans brunch cocktail, the bourbon milk punch
1 1/2 ounces bourbon (we used Maker's Mark)
1/2 ounce Rittenhouse 100 Rye
1/2 ounce Sazerac Praline Liqueur
2 ounces half-and-half
1 ounce demerara syrup
Batch all ingredients except nutmeg and chill. Can either shake with ice before serving (strain it into a glass and serve neat), or put it in a punch bowl with an ice ring. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Demerara syrup - Put equal parts demerara sugar and water in a saucepan; bring just to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool before using.
*You can find my favorite pancake recipe and syrup variations here.
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