Waffles: Easy Recipe!

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By Emma Chow

This is my basic go-to waffle recipe. They come up crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. With this simple recipe you can add whatever ingredients you like to make a range of sweet or savoury waffles. I’ve given a list of ideas at the bottom. This recipe suits both electric waffle irons and stove top cast iron pans. I have a cast iron stove top waffle iron and I adore it. It is easy to clean,  heats up nice and quickly and I can chuck it into the pan cupboard. This makes about sixteen 6 x 6cm waffles, when fully filling the waffle shaped cavities with mixture. When filling your waffle iron, remember that the mixture quickly expands so fill about ¾ full and then put the top on immediately. Leftover cooked waffles can be frozen and quickly reheated by popping them in the toaster. Make double the mixture and pop pairs of waffles in zip lock bags for a quick hot breakfast or snack. In our household,  I’ve been known to make sandwiches with leftover waffles when all the bread has been eaten.

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vinegar
2/3 cup neutral flavoured oil (I use rice bran)
2 large eggs
pinch salt
optional: 1-2 tablespoons sugar (if you want sweet waffles)

Method

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients and whisk together.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, vinegar, oil and eggs.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients, whisking as you pour. Whisk until the mixture is just combined and there are no lumps. Do not overmix.
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  4. Heat your waffle iron, either pre-heating on the stove or cranking on your electric waffle iron. Cook according to the machine’s instructions. If using stovetop, you want your waffle pan hot. Fill each cavity ¾ full and pop the other half of the iron on top immediately. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 5 or until both sides are crisp and golden. Serve immediately.

Here are some waffle flavour combinations we love:

Ham, cheese and spring onion – add ½ cup shredded ham, 1 cup tasty cheese and 2 finely slice spring onions to the waffle batter

Cornmeal and bacon – sub out ½ a cup of flour for a ½ cup of coarse polenta. Add 5 rashers of finely sliced bacon that has been fried.

Sweetcorn waffles – add the kernals of 2 heads of corn to the batter. Delicious served with avocado and tomato

Potato waffles – sub out 1 cup of flour for 1 cup of leftover mashed potato

Fruit waffles – add 1 cup of fresh fruit such as berries, diced stone fruit or chopped banana to your waffle batter. Apple waffles are delicious too, but you’ll need to cook the diced apple a little before adding to the batter

Chocolate chip waffles – add a ½ cup of chocolate chips to your waffle batter. Particularly good with the addition of a chopped banana

Cinnamon sugar waffles – add 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to your batter.

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