Pecan Waffles and Antique Jars
I stole a minute from last week’s hectic schedule to stroll through the aisles of an antique store. There were jadeite plates and old fashioned egg cups that I had to pry from my wanton hands. We’re on the regular Christmas budget, and there is no room for extravagant niceties like $20 bowls and $30 egg cups. And, anyhow. As much I’d like to stock my kitchen with the gentle green of jadeite, it’s something I can live without.
It was the Ball Perfect Mason jars that I simply couldn’t resist. I found several in the back corner of a quiet stall–shimmery blue treasures waiting to be uncovered. Once home, I gave them a thorough washing and filled them with an easy mix for light & crisp pecan waffles (just like the sort you’d order and devour at The Waffle House) then toted their pretty selves to a few beloved friends. Carrying those ancient blue jars made me feel somehow Christmassey and kind all at once. Antiques are lovely. Antique jars with homemade pecan waffle mix? It’s enough to make me want to turn into a genie, inhabiting the innards of those translucent Masons. Blinking my eyes and gifting people everywhere with homemade waffles speckled with pecans and love.
Pecan Waffle Gift Mix
I created little gift tags for the waffle mix, but the children got a hold of my laptop before I got a hold of the "save" button, and the project was lost forever. That's okay. The simplicity of the gift fits well with any homemade tag you wish to print up (or write up, or scribble on) and tie around the top of your mason jar. It's also a great way to mix up a batch of your own, no-preservative waffle mix to keep on hand in your pantry. It will store well in a cool, dry place for 60 days.
In a large bowl, combine:
6 cups flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup pecans
Spoon mixture into 2 large mason jars.
Gift with the following note...
To 1 cup of mix: add 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, and 3 tablespoons of oil. Stir just until moistened. Bake in a waffle iron until golden brown. Or, spoon batter onto a hot griddle for fresh pecan pancakes.