Giddo's Dream Waffles

Chelsea Hollow Recipe

By Chelsea Hollow BoBelsea

30 Min
10 Min

Several months ago, I awoke from an extremely vivid dream. Giddo, my grandfather who passed away when I was six years old, was standing right in front of me, statuesque as ever. His eyes sparkled with his smile and with his huge calloused hands he gave me a tattered and folded piece of paper. The entire exchange lasted but seconds and, turning around, he walked away into the garden. I opened the paper and saw this recipe for waffles. I woke up immediately, still remembering the entire dream, and wrote down the recipe.

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Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The flavor of these waffles is so fresh, and the texture light and tender! The addition of creme fraiche is a stroke of kitchen genius.


2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
4 tsp
baking powder
2 Tbsp
1 1/2 c
creme fraiche
1/3 c
butter, melted
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 Tbsp
lemon zest, grated
2/3 c

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Set aside and preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the crème fraiche, butter, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the flour and combine. Stir in the Champagne and lemon zest. Feel free to add more Champagne if needed to make it the correct consistency (really thick and gooey).
Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook until golden & crisp. Serve immediately.
*If you truly want to make this recipe in the spirit of Giddo, put tiny pieces of raw bacon on the iron before pouring in the batter and serve with Nana’s Apricot Jam.
Crème Fraiche Recipe
*note: takes two days of culturing

2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons cultured buttermilk

Pour both cream and buttermilk into jar. Mix together, cover with coffee filter, and leave in a warm spot (about 70-75 degrees F.) for 24 hours, or until thick. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using. Should last a week or two.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast, Waffles
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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Amanda Camden-Spina MyKitchenIsMyCastle
Mar 30, 2012
What a great story Chelsea, and the waffles sound fabulous too! Saved :)
Chelsea Hollow BoBelsea
Mar 30, 2012
@AMANDA Thank you! Let me know what you think! :)
Mar 30, 2012 - Barbara Pendley shared this recipe with discussion group: Magic in the Kitchen
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
May 30, 2012
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

The flavor of these waffles is so fresh, and the texture light and tender! The addition of creme fraiche is a stroke of kitchen genius.
May 30, 2012 - Kitchen Crew shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Chelsea Hollow BoBelsea
May 30, 2012
Thanks Kitchen Crew! I'm so happy you liked them! Great pics.
deb baldwin messinthekitchen
May 30, 2012
Congratulations, Chelsea, on your first blue ribbon.
Chelsea Hollow BoBelsea
Jun 4, 2012
Thanks Deb! I didn't know I would get a real ribbon! It is on my incredibly proud refrigerator now. :)
Tara Pacheco tnj2008
Jun 21, 2012
My grandparents were a Giddo & a Sitto, too. And that is what my daughter now calls my parents :)

Lovely photo. Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon!
Judy Granda foodfan2
Aug 14, 2012
Congratulations on the blue ribbon, the recipe sounds great!!.... I love, love, LOVE the picture!!! Talk about dreamy!
Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal 2sweetinc
Jan 29, 2013
Wowww Looking for recipe for my finally got waffle iron I never wanted before, lol. came across your story amazing!!!!!! I have vivid and similar dreams. God Bless they are with you. I definately am going to make this my first batch of waffles!! And may even try Giddo's tip w/bacon ;).
Jan 29, 2013 - Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal shared this recipe with discussion groups: Out of the Ordinary and Unique! What's Cookin' Today?
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Billie Neal WildExpectation
Apr 28, 2013
This just goes to show that people reall do not want their recipes to lost forever after they pass on!!! Thanks for remembering it enough to right it down Chelsea!!!! You definitely got pinched on this one, several times!!!!
Gina Collier teddle38
Aug 12, 2013
Pardon my ignorance but, what is creme fraiche? I've never heard of it before now. I really would like to try this recipe.