One of the treats that I really missed on my gluten free diet was Belgian waffles. We hunted high and low but they were sadly absent from the supermarket shelves. One year, on my birthday, my husband had ordered some from a well known GF supplier on line. But when we opened the box, to my great disappointment, the waffles were all broken and in crumbs. GF baked goods do break easily and I avoid having to buy goods on-line for this reason. We began a search for the perfect waffle maker.
One day, I was browsing in a local store when I came across a silicone mould for baking waffles. I can tell you I was oddly excited and immediately bought two. I thought this might be a good stop gap while looking for a waffle maker that fit my requirements ie. removable plates.
I couldn’t find a recipe, so I did what I normally do and hit Google! But to no avail – perhaps I am alone in my desire for the perfect GF waffle?
So I set about creating a recipe of my own. The first mix I made was a plain waffle mix, slightly sweet, which was surprisingly good, and I have used it so many times I have lost count!
It’s one of our favourite breakfast treats. So here is my recipe for oven-baked waffles; the mix makes 6 waffles and freezes perfectly.
Low Fat Waffles
20g rapeseed oil
70g Doves SR flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 – 2 tsp unrefined sugar (or honey, date syrup, maple syrup etc)
Beat eggs, milk and oil
Add flour, baking powder & sugar
Mix with whisk or fork until smooth
Pour into silicone moulds and bake approx 12 mins @ 210°C fan oven
Remove from oven
Turn onto a baking sheet and flip waffles from mould (it’s very hot so be careful! But they flip out really easily from the mould)
Your 6 waffles should be upside down on a baking tray now
Return to oven for 4 – 5 minutes to finish cooking
Remove from oven & place on cooling rack
LoCol cheesy waffles:
Add 40g grated cheese (I use low fat)
½ tsp ground mustard powder
½ tsp sesame seeds
Date & walnut waffles:
Add 40g chopped dates
Add 20g chopped walnuts
Replace 28g of the SR flour with good quality cocoa.
Sprinkle top with sugar before baking.
These waffles are so delicious and if you like baking you should definitely try them. I make them in batches for the whole family and they just love them. The best thing is, nobody realises they are gluten free – they’re just regular delicious little treats! Serve hot from the oven or pop into the toaster to reheat.
My favourite treat is to serve cheesy waffles with smoked salmon – oh yum! But my husband likes to make a pudding of the date and walnut waffles, with some ice cream and chocolate sauce!
Enjoy your baking my friends
Floury hugs – Sandie xx