Waffling On

Waffles is one of those breakfasts that I always think of as a holiday breakfast. It feels special, because I always thought of waffles as being quite a difficult sort of thing to make.

How wrong I was.

In an  “I TOTALLY NEED ONE OF THOSE” session on Lakeland, I spotted this Waffle Stick Maker and since I was buying some other stuff (a tiny oven for £20 because our landlord had ignored our pleas for ours to be fixed), this “accidentally” ended up on my order as well. I know. Pointless one task gadget is pointless.

But you don’t have waffles for breakfast, do you?

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Here’s my recipe in case you’re tempted to buy one – one batch makes about 12 – 15 ish sticks, but they freeze really well (I just pop them back into the iron to heat up again)

Ingredients:

  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix together all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, and whisk together the wet ones in a separate bowl. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry bowl, and whisk, whisk, whisk until you’ve got a lovely smooth batter. Pour into the iron, close it up and open again when you think they’re cooked enough (or until you can’t resist any more!)

I use a pancake pen* to squidge the mixture into each section of the iron (Hi, my name’s Hayley, and I love kitchen gadgets) In the photo above, I mixed a little vanilla essence into the mixture, which gave it a darker golden colour, but not much of a difference in taste (boo!). I’ve tried putting chocolate chips into the mixture before I close the iron, but they don’t really work out too well! I ate these with stewed apples, blueberry jam (IKEA, I bloody love you) and of course, Nutella, because we still have a ton of Nutella left.

Any other suggestions of things to put in and on waffles? (Would jam work? Would putting Nutella into the batter work? I should find out. For … er … science.)

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