Marion Cunningham's Yeasted Waffles

1/2 cup warm water
1 package dry yeast
2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda*

1. Use a rather large mixing bowl — the batter will rise to double its original volume. Put the water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let stand to dissolve for 5 minutes. 

2. To a small bowl, mix together the salt, sugar and all-purpose flour. Add the flour mixture, milk, butter to the yeast mixture and beat until smooth and blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature. 

3. Just before cooking the waffles, beat in the eggs, add the baking soda, and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very thin. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into a very hot waffle iron. Bake the waffles until they are golden and crisp. This batter will keep well for several days in the refrigerator.

*Note: I read a lot of reports that this recipe would not work in a belgian waffle maker. To compensate for this, I tweaked the amount of baking soda (1/2 teaspoon) and it worked perfectly.

Yields 4 Waffles 

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