The Tradition Lives On ~ Family Waffle Bake

This past weekend, my dad’s side of the family converged for our annual Waffle Bake. Waffle Bake you ask? OH….it’s so much more than what you’re thinkin! The Voth Waffle Bake was a tradition born forever ago. My great grandparents acquired the cast iron “heart” waffle irons in the early 1920’s whilst still in Russia…and they are still in the family. Well-travelled, they never left the family’s possession. Russia to Germany to Manitoba to finally, here: British Columbia. If you ask my dad, he remembers how the waffle irons were once used: over an open flame contained in a 5 gallon steel pail with holes poked in it. It has evolved, ever so slightly over the years..it is now used over a propane campstove. And lest you think that’s more work than its worth, let me tell you that it’s exactly perfect!

You know you’re feeding a crowd, when you have to make the batter in a bucket!

The batter, too, is a family treasure. Not your regular variety, this batter is made with yeast…it rises to form the most “lukka” (german for…well, i can’t really explain it…can anything in German be translated properly???) batter ever. Suffice it say that there aint nothing dry about these waffles!! The art of making the batter and cooking the waffles has now been passed down to the 4th generation. My cousins have seriously taken this on with gusto and those waffles taste just like when i was a kid!

Keeping the tradition alive…thanks Graham and Lisa!

 

 

One thing that has changed over the generations? We now have wine pairings with the waffles!

The anticipation of seeing the waffle iron opened with “YOUR” waffle is best seen on the little ones’ faces!

ok….there were some adults that licked their plates too, but who?? That’ll remain a family secret!

What do you serve with waffles? Farmer sausage, duhh!

I was remiss to not take a picture of the “white sauce” my mom makes to top the waffle. Whole milk forms the basis of this vanilla custard…layer that with thickened berries over your waffle and it’s simply delicious. And, please, no calorie counting..that just plain old wrecks a good thing…

 

Two and a half hours of baking and over 90 waffles later, the leftovers are few…and what is left is quickly snatched up for next morning’s breakfast. Toasted with peanut butter? Definite yes!

 

 

Not only did our grandmother have an affinity for waffles, but you rarely saw her without her scarves, looking beautiful. Here’s the Voth women’s ode to her…waffles and scarves? Grandma would be proud!

The tradition lives on…i hope forever! i want my kids to be able to remember growing up with these waffle bakes: the competitions the Voth boys would have (i do believe my brother and cousin both hit double digit consumption in their teen years!!), the groaning and hugging our stomachs when the eating ceased, the jockeying to be next in line (#1 “Hey, what is THAT??” #2 The headturns and #3 The victory snag!!). But mostly, the smile on grandma’s face as her family supped together. The coming together of family. That’s a tradition worth keeping!

  • Andrea

    Love the tradition. looks awesome! Beautiful family!

    • Pam Ratzlaff

      Thanks Andrea! It’s fun that the kids now look forward to it just as much as we do! Hopefully they will continue the tradition with their families!

  • What a great family tradition! So love that you have carried it on for all these years and will continue to carry on for many more to come! So love tradition!!! What a great tribute to your grandmother as well, and yes, she would be smiling and proud!

    • Pam

      I agree that Grandma would love that we are keeping the tradition going! I love that my cousin Lisa has been brave enough to tackle the batter recipe….it’s not an easy one and they were seriously top notch!

  • Rachel

    We cannot forget those Menno roots!

    • Pam

      True that!

  • Enrica

    What a great family tradition! Love the picture of the Voth women– grandma would be very proud.
    The waffles look delicious! Keep it going……

    • Pam

      Thanks so much Enrica! The waffles were so good!!!

  • Cheryl

    They look yummy! How fun…and you girls look great!

  • They WERE yummy, Cheryl!!! Thanks so much for your kind words..made my day:) Laurel