Recipe: Pahdj’s Yummy Waffles (inspired by Crooked Kingdom)


“Okay, okay. When we’re back in Ketterdam, take me out for waffles.”

Now Inej did laugh. She dropped her hands and appeared to speculate. “Dessert for a life? I’m not sure that seems equitable.”

“I expect really good waffles.”

–  Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Could you say you expect yummy waffles?

The gang from Six of Crows is back, as is Nina’s sweet tooth.

Nina heaped a plate with food and plunked down beside Matthias on the couch. She folded one of the waffles in half and took a huge bite, wiggling her toes in bliss.

Crooked Kingdom is heist meets fantasy meets mafia/street gangs. I love the moody grittiness Bardugo stamps on her novels as well as her ability to have both a large and fleshed out cast. My only beef was with the ending, but I won’t discuss it here as spoilers are equivalent to crimes against humanity.

If you’ve read it and want to wallow over the closing of this series as well, DM me on Instagram! We’ll chat!


Colm ordered coffee, waffles, and a bottle of brandy, and while they waited, Nina enlisted their help to locate some shears so that she could cut up the hotel towels for bandages.

Inspired by the copious waffle-eating, I harangued my dad (known at our house as Pahdj) into letting me share his yummy waffle recipe.

My one alteration, minus his ancient cast iron waffle iron + insistence on not measuring…okay, so I made several alterations. One of which was that I didn’t grind my own wheat. I just used whole wheat flour. I know. Heinous. There’s a reason these waffles only appear on very special occasions at my parents’ house.

They’ll never be as good as Pahdj’s, but packaged flour meant I got to enjoy yummy waffles once a week when I was pregnant. So, who’s the real winner here? They’re so easy to whip up and the batter will last 3-4 days in a sealed container in the fridge.  

They assembled once again in the suite’s sitting room. At Nina’s request, Colm had ordered another stack of waffles and a bowl of strawberries and cream.


Pahdj’s Yummy Waffles


2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 a teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 cups of milk

1/2 to 1 cup of oil (When I’m eating them weekly…I cut down on the oil. When I wanna impress a crowd at brunch with the most delicious, crisp waffles possible, I throw in the whole cup)

1 tablespoon of vanilla

2 eggs

1/4 cup of molasses


  1. While the waffle iron heats, whisk together dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just mixed. Don’t over-stir!
  4. Depending on the size of your skillet, pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto the waffle iron.

So. Easy. Enjoy the nutty-rich goodness with your favorite waffle toppings!

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