1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup pearl sugar
In a large bowl, stir together yeast and milk until combined; set aside for 10 minutes or until activated (you can see tiny bubbles). Whisk in vanilla, cinnamon, egg and salt until combined. Stir in butter, flour, and pearl sugar until combined; Continue to stir for 2 minutes to develop some gluten.
Cover and proof in warm, moist area for 30-45 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Or, refrigerate overnight for more flavor. Butter a waffle iron and heat. Add 3 ounces of batter to iron and cook for a few minutes, or until golden brown. Serve as is, or with melted chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, whipped cream, or powdered sugar.
Serves about 4 people