Waffle House Inc. operates a chain of about 1,400 Waffle House Restaurants located in 25 states. The restaurants, which are either company-owned or franchised, pride themselves on serving good food fast, at a reasonable price, in a diner atmosphere 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The menu includes everything from waffles and eggs to steaks and salads. Waffle House, according to information released in 1995 for the company's 40th anniversary, began as the dream of two neighbors, Joe Rogers, Sr., and Tom Forkner, who envisioned a company dedicated to both its customers and employees. The partners wanted to create a place where friends and neighbors could get together to enjoy good food served with a friendly smile. On Labor Day in 1955 they opened the first Waffle House restaurant in Avondale Estates, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The first Waffle House restaurant was a smash, and the owners soon opened other Waffle House eateries throughout Georgia.

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Pecan Waffles




Waffle House Toasted Pecan Waffles 
Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1  egg 
1/2  cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 
2 tablespoons butter, softened 
2 tablespoons shortening 
1/2 cup half-and-half 
1/2 cup milk 
1/4 cup buttermilk 
3/4 - 1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 - 1 cup toasted pecans 

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and stir to combine.Lightly beat the egg in another medium bowl and combine with sugar, butter, and shortening, mixing well until smooth. Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla and mix well. Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture while beating and mix until smooth. If you can, cover and chill overnight, though the batter can be used right away.

Rub a light coating of vegetable oil on a waffle iron, and preheat it. Leave the batter out of the refrigerator to warm up a bit as your waffle iron is preheating. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the waffles are light brown.


NOTES
How to Toast PecansPre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl toss pecans with melted butter until evenly coated. Use about 1/2 tablespoon of butter for every cup of pecans. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a non-stick cookie sheet or use parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, watch closely. Cool completely. You can also toast your pecans in the microwave. Click here for directions. I toasted mine in the microwave without the addition of butter. 

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