Hello, hope everyone’s had a good weekend!
I sadly didn’t grow up eating waffles and even pancakes were limited to holidays abroad with those extravagant American-style hotel breakfast buffets I loved so much. I almost always went for pancakes with lashings of maple syrup and especially loved watching the chefs cook them in front of you . Occasionally back at home my Mum would buy a container of Betty Crocker “shake to make pancake” mix and treat me and my brothers to a special Sunday breakfast. Anyone else ever have that stuff? It’s probably filled with nasty ingredients, but we certainly loved those pancakes.
Waffles are basically pancakes in a funny shape so I knew I’d like them, so much so that I bought myself a waffle iron a few years ago despite never having tried them. But my iron has only ever been used a couple of times since these past few years I’ve been living in university accommodation (and abroad) where kitchen space is rather limited (not that I didn’t take a LOT of kitchen stuff with me…but I had to draw the line somewhere), and my waffle iron was left to gather dust at home instead.
Uni finished, waffles are back in my life! Hurrah! I attempted to make these ones reasonably healthy, incorporating buckwheat flour, oats and fruit, reducing the oil with unsweetened apple purée and not overly sweetening the waffles…a generous drizzle of maple syrup sorted that out instead!
They turned out perfectly- crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The citrus and berries made them feel a little more summery and the buckwheat flour and oats give them a nice nutty flavour as well as making them super filling. I’ve shown two in the pictures below but it was a case of my eyes being bigger than my stomach and after one I admit I was pretty stuffed!
Naked waffles, hot and crispy.
I you don’t plan to eat all the waffles in one go, I recommend leaving them to cool on racks rather than stacking them so they stay crispy . They freeze really well too. When completely cool, wrap them up individually in foil or plastic wrap and pop them in the freezer. You can just pull one out when you fancy a special breakfast. I put them in the toaster to defrost and they get nice and crispy, just as good as fresh.
Pre maple syrup drowning…
Blueberry-Orange Buckwheat Waffles:
1C Buckwheat flour
1/2C Plain/all-purpose flour
1/2C Rolled oats
2t Baking powder
1/2t Baking soda
1 3/4C Almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1/3 C Unsweetened apple purée
2 T Coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
2T Oil- anything neutral is fine, I used rapeseed
2T Ground flaxseed
1t Vanilla extract
Zest of 1 large orange
1/2-2/3 C Frozen blueberries
Combine buckwheat flour through to salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl thoroughly whisk liquid ingredients, almond milk through to orange zest. Make a well in your dry ingredients, pour liquid ingredients mixture in and stir just until combined. Leave batter to stand for 5 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron.
Preheat the waffle iron (I use a Cuisinart 4-slice Belgian Waffle Iron) for a few minutes while the batter is standing. Wipe or spray both grids of the waffle iron with oil. Ladle the batter onto the centre of the iron, making sure not to cover more than 2/3 of the iron’s surface (They will spread!). Close the iron and bake for 3-5 minutes (will vary with waffle irons- mine beeps when they’re cooked and is fairly accurate) or until the waffles can be removed easily. Remove to cooling rack and repeat until batter is all used up.
Make 5 large Belgian waffles
I served mine with sliced oranges and more blueberries and topped with maple syrup but a berry sauce and non-dairy yogurt is another tasty option.
- I haven’t tried it out myself, but I imagine you could use this batter to make pancakes too if you don’t have a waffle iron. You could probably reduce or remove the oil too as it’s what gives waffles that characteristic crispy exterior and so is unnecessary for pancakes.
- To make these gluten-free sub a gluten-free all purpose flour for the 1/2C wheat flour and use certified gluten-free oats.
- If you’re not a fan of buckwheat then try another wholegrain flour- spelt, barley, wholewheat, teff etc.
Do you have a waffle iron? Any favourite recipes or topping ideas to share?