When I was a child we had a waffle maker. In the cupboard. I remember very clearly what it looked like: a big 1970’s orange appliance. Sadly I don’t remember anybody ever using it… In France, when I was growing up, waffles were a rare treat which I would usually purchase at the crepes stall at the yearly Fete Foraine (travelling fun fair). I would always order the same thing: une Gaufre au Nutella.
Since settling down in Australia, I had been looking at investing in a waffle maker so I could finally make these little treats that bring back so many good memories. Sadly I found that unlike in France waffle makers were not widely available here! I considered in a few occasions to bring one back with me from France but never got to do it. Problem solved now, I am the proud owner of a Cuisinart Belgian waffle maker. I have had two attempts at making waffles since and I found that this recipe was the most conclusive.
This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s “Griddle-pan waffles” recipe.
- 2 free-range eggs
- 300 ml milk (I used Lite milk)
- 225 g self-raising flour (I used 70 g plain flour, 155 g self-raising)
- 2½ level tablespoons baking powder (I used 1 tsp)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (I used 1 pinch)
- 100 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I used 80 g)
- Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the milk and whisk to combine.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt then whisk until fully combined.
- Add the cooled melted butter and gradually stir it through the mixture. It’s important not to stir the mixture any more after this or your waffles may be tough.
- Adapted: Pre-heat your waffle maker as per manufacturer instructions. Cook the waffles for 5 minutes, or until lightly golden and fluffy.
- Serve with your favourite topping! Mine is Nutella 🙂
Did you know the first version of waffles are believed to date back to Middle Ages (9th–10th centuries)?!
Do you like waffles? What is your favourite topping?