How To Make Waffles With A Waffle Maker
Waffles are such a popular choice when it comes to breakfast foods and deserts. And using store bought waffle mixes make it so simple. But have you ever thought about what’s in a waffle mix? Flip that packet around, and read through the ingredients list, you’re sure to find a few items with unpronounceable names.
Now these aren’t always bad for consumption, but we like to do the best we can to take care of our loved ones. And as it so happens at least 2 of the common ingredients found in waffle mixes are known to be harmful for human beings if consumed in large quantities. Granted 2 or 3 waffles for breakfast might not be considered large quantities, but, are those chemicals going to build-up and cause a serious problem later on?
To solve this and any other concerns you might have, it is always best to make your own from scratch.
Why Make Your Own Waffles From Scratch
As we said above, there are certain commonly added ingredients that have been declared safe for use in small quantities, what about the cumulative effect? One of these additives can cause lung damage and liver and kidney problems when breathed in. By making your own you eliminate any cause for concern as these additives are totally unnecessary.
You become in complete control of exactly what your family is eating. There is also something very satisfying in taking a bunch of raw ingredients and turning them into a delicious meal. If you’re interested in the harmful effects of Aluminium Phosphate here’s an interesting fact sheet from the New Jersey Department For Health.
How To Make Your Own Healthy Waffles
Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make delicious waffles with no harmful additives.
To make 2 waffles you will need:
- 150 g (¾ cup) of self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 large egg (free-range is best)
- 240 ml (1 cup) of semi-skimmed milk
- 1 orange
- Vanilla extract
- Place all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
- Beat the egg in gradually.
- Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly to create a smooth batter.
- If you like sweet waffles now’s the time to grate in the orange zest, and add a few drops of vanilla extract.
- Preheat the waffle maker.
- Once the waffle maker is ready, ladle the batter mixture in taking care not to overfill.
- Close the lid, operate your waffle maker, and wait until cooked.
This is the easiest recipe for making waffles, no need for separating the egg whte and yolk and folding in the egg white etc. these are also very healthy waffles as there is no salt added, and no added fats either.
How To Make Your Own Traditional Waffles
This is a full fat, full flavour waffle mix, made using traditional ingredients just right for a special treat.
To make 10 waffles you will need:
- 250 g (2 cups) of plain flour
- 43 g (⅓ cup) of melted butter
- 4 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 360 ml (1 ½ cups) of warm milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Mix all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
- Preheat the waffle maker.
- In another bowl, beat the eggs, stir in the butter, vanilla extract and warm milk, once mixed,
- Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and stir until fully blended.
- Ladle the batter into the preheated waffle maker, close the lid, set the timer and wait.
- Serve and enjoy.
Save Time, Make Large Batches And Store For Later Use
We all like the idea of having waffles for breakfast, but unless you’re a super organized individual, it’s not going to happen many days in the week. All these things take time, but when you do have the time, make a large batch use some, and store the rest for use later on.But how do you store them? And for how long?
Storing Waffle Batter In The Refrigerator
To store waffle batter in the fridge store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Stir well before use. The batter can discolour and look slightly grey, this is not a problem, once you stir the batter the discolouration will disappear.
Storing Waffles In The Fridge
Pre made waffles can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days before using.
Storing Waffles In The Freezer
You can also cook the extra batter and freeze the waffles for a couple of weeks. Once cooked, allow to cool, then place in freezer bags. They can safely be stored in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
Never reheat waffles in a microwave, they will become damp and nasty. Waffles should be reheated in the oven. Situated on a wire rack in the centre of a preheated oven at 250 F which is 130 C or gas mark ½ for 10 minutes. They will then be hot, and crispy with that soft, fluffy middle, nearly as good as when first cooked.
Waffles can be served with many toppings, they’re great as a desert, but they can also be served as a savoury meal with breakfast foods. So what exactly goes well with waffles?
Waffles can be topped and served with any one or combination of the following:
- Powdered Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Golden Syrup
- Sliced Fruit
- Whipped Cream
- Ice Cream
- Scrambled Eggs
The list is almost endless. Don’t think that they are either served as a savoury or as a sweet, our absolute favourite waffle side is bacon and maple syrup. The combinations are only limited by your imagination. How do you eat yours?
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many reputable manufacturers making waffle makers some of the more popular include: Aicook, Tower, VonShef, Breville, and many more.
It is safe to shop for a waffle maker online as long as you buy from a reputable retailer.
You can buy a waffle maker on finance with many retailers offering their own finance deals.
Amazon Prime, Argos, Currys, The Range, and many others offer next day delivery.
Waffle makers are worth buying if you enjoy waffles, want them cooked fast, easily and with easy clean grills.