A hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and a tender, yet crispy waffle loaded with butter and syrup. Doesn’t that make your tummy rumble? But waffles aren’t just for breakfast. In fact, some of the most well-known establishments in the US have used waffles as a meal for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Which just goes to show, a waffle is good anytime, not just in the morning.
And because waffles are so versatile, butter and maple syrup are only one possibility for these deliciously crisp meals. The toppings for waffles extend as far as your imagination can take you. But before we start thinking about toppings, the actual method for making the most tender, yet crisp waffles needs some attention.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind for making the ultimate gluten free waffle each and every time.
First things first – you need a good waffle maker.
Making waffles is different from making pancakes, the most obvious being the design. Waffles require a special waffle iron to get that crisp, yet tender taste characteristic of a waffle. Waffle irons are sold at major retailers and online at Amazon. You can find basic waffle irons and even Belgian waffle makers. Note: with a Belgian waffle maker, you’ll need a Belgian waffle recipe. Either way, make sure you have a good waffle iron.
Find a good waffle recipe.
Your waffle recipe should be appropriate for your waffle iron. If you have a Belgian waffle maker, make sure you have a Belgian waffle recipe. AND, before adding fruits or chocolate chips to your recipe, make sure your waffle iron will accommodate those ingredients.
Note: Here is a delicious gluten free waffle recipe that is great as a basic waffle, toppings are unlimited.
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix – 1 cup almond flour and ½ cup tapioca flour works beautifully
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsps. Xanthan Gum
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbls. butter, softened
2 Tbls. shortening
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Preheat your waffle iron.
In a medium bowl, mix the gluten free flour mix, salt, baking soda, and xanthan gum together.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on low speed, the softened butter, shortening and sugar. Add the half and half cream.
Add the egg and mix.
Add the milk, buttermilk and vanilla to the slowly to the sugar mixture. When completely mixed, slowly add dry ingredients.
When the batter is mixed, you may either store it in the refrigerator at this point or use it immediately, If you store it in the refrigerator, make sure to bring the mixture to room temperature before using.
For an added taste, pecans may be added to the recipe, if your waffle iron allows for it.
YIELD 8 waffles
Make sure you have your ingredients ready and at room temperature.
Waffle batter benefits from being at room temperature before baking. This ensures the lightest rise for delicious waffles. Eggs can be warmed quickly in a bowl of warm water, water or milk can be heated in the microwave for a short time. And having all your ingredients out ensure that you can quickly mix everything together and pour the batter on the waffle iron.
Get all your tools ready.
Making waffles is a fairly quick process. It is a tremendous help if you have your waffle iron preheating, cooking spray ready to go, small spatula ready, plates out, butter and syrup or other toppings on the table. Really, once you pour your batter on the iron, the first waffle will be ready in a matter of minutes.
Enjoy those waffles soon after making them.
Gluten free waffles, like a lot of gluten free baked goods, have the tendency to get soggy very quickly after making them. Avoid this problem by eating them right after you make them. Alternatively, you can also freeze them and reheat them for later. Either way, plan accordingly.
Cook waffles for the full amount of time specified.
For the crispiest and tastiness waffles, make sure you cook your waffles for the whole time. Seeing all that steam escape from your waffle iron can lead you to believe that your waffles are done quicker than the instructions indicate. But don’t be too quick to open that lid. Even if they appear done, they may be very soggy if you remove them too soon.
Top your waffles with anything you like.
Gluten free waffles don’t need to conform to just butter and syrup. They can be topped with just about anything – fresh fruit, chocolate and whipped cream, fruit fillings, even peanut butter or Nutella can make a great waffle topping.
Making delicious, gluten free waffles is just a few steps away when you start with the right ingredients and the right tools. If you have some flour blend on hand, they can be ready in under 30 minutes.
One last note worth repeating: For the best results, enjoy your waffles as soon as they come off the griddle or wrap them and freeze them to enjoy them anytime.