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If You Love Waffles, Here’s How To Enjoy Them Perfectly Crispy

Waffles are a staple in any breakfast menu. We usually enjoy them with a side of maple syrup and freshly whipped butter or any topping of our choice. We can pair them with fruit compote or slices of bacon. While making waffles may seem difficult, in truth, you can master them in no time. Once you’ve perfected them, it’s time to get playful with these fun waffle recipes that break new ground. 

 

Basic Waffles

 

Waffle success starts with a good quality waffle maker. Look for one that features even high heat, a heavy-duty non-stick griddle that retains the heat, and additional features like a ready indicator and safety light.

Serves 6 to 8

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • melted butter or vegetable oil, for brushing

1. Preheat the waffle maker.

2. Sift together the 2 kinds of flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

3. Combine egg yolks, milk, and melted butter. Whisk into the sifted dry mixture. Whisk until smooth.

4. In another bowl or electric mixer bowl, beat egg whites with 2 teaspoons sugar until stiff.

5. Fold the flour-egg-milk mixture into the beaten egg whites by hand.

6. Lightly brush the preheated griddle of the waffle maker with melted butter or oil before using. Make sure to brush after every 2 waffles cooked to prevent them from sticking to the griddle. Usually, the first waffle you make will be deformed.  

7. To avoid spills, use a liquid measuring cup or small pitcher to pour the batter into the griddle. Always pour in the center of each waffle mold, allowing the batter to spread to fill the sides of the entire mold. Fill the whole mold but not excessively since the batter still expands as it cooks.

8. Avoid checking too often if the waffle is cooked. You can rely on the light indicator that most waffle makers have to know if the waffle is ready. For extra crispy waffles, cook them longer. Remember patience is key.          

CHEF’S NOTE:

A runny batter equals a crispier batter. You can replace the melted butter with an equal amount of vegetable oil. Another trick is to replace 1/3 of the all-purpose flour with cornstarch.

 

Breakfast Cereal Waffles

 

Don’t have time to make waffles from scratch during the morning rush? Cook them in the waffle maker in advance. Wrap them in airtight plastic bags and place in the freezer. To serve, just thaw the waffles then heat briefly in the toaster or toaster oven. 

Serves 6 to 8

  • 1/2 cup colorful cereal like Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, or any cereal of your choice
  • 1 basic waffle recipe
  • fresh milk

1. Fold cereal into the basic waffle batter. Cook in the waffle maker.

2. Serve cooked waffles with milk on the side to be poured on top. You can also serve with more cereal on the side. 

3. Or else, break the waffles into smaller pieces, place in a cereal bowl and enjoy with milk and fresh fruits.

 

Protein Overload Waffles

 

Instead of bacon, use corned beef, flaked leftover adobo, cooked ham, or chorizo bits. If you don’t have arugula, use regular lettuce leaves and add slices of tomato and cucumber if desired. Or else, do an “eggs Benedict”-style waffle with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Serves 6 to 8

  • 1 basic waffle recipe
  • 8 lettuce or arugula leaves
  • 6 to 8 large burger patties, grilled or pan-fried
  • 8 strips bacon 
  • 8 fried eggs, sunny side up
  • ketchup, for drizzling
  • pinch of bottled garlic flakes

1. Prepare the basic waffle recipe. Cook in the waffle maker. 

2. Transfer a waffle to a plate. Place arugula on top. Add a burger patty, followed by bacon strips and fried egg. 

3. Drizzle ketchup on top and sprinkle garlic flakes.

 

This article first appeared in FOOD Magazine, Issue 3, 2015

Food styling by Pixie Rodrigo Sevilla

Photography by Paulo Valenzuela