Waffles can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or as a delicious dessert, but they can seem difficult to create without a waffle maker as the pattern is a key component of the treat. However, there’s not much difference whether you make them with a machine or without. There are many variations based on the type of waffle iron and recipe used, and if making without a waffle maker the recipe may be a bit different to what you’re used to. While waffles are eaten throughout the world, Belgium is arguably the most popular destination for them, with more than 12 regional varieties.
How to make waffles without a waffle iron
Making waffles without a waffle maker isn’t just possible, but they come out just as good as if you had one all along.
These waffles are baked instead of cooked the traditional way but use all the usual ingredients you’d expect in a cake.
The waffles come out with a griddled texture instead of the traditional squares, but that’s a consequence of not having an iron.
You can whip up this easy waffle better in no time at all, and then top it with savoury or sweet ingredients – whatever you fancy.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter in a large jug, then make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the egg mixture until combined.
Grease a griddle pan (about 20cm square) with butter and place over a medium heat.
When the butter starts foaming up, pour in half the batter to cover the base of the pan.
Cook for about five minutes or until the batter turns light and golden in colour – you should be able to lift the waffle gently with a spatula and see clear griddle lines showing underneath.
Carefully flip the waffle over (the easiest way to do this is to slide the waffle out onto a large, flat tray or plate, place the pan over the top and invert it to flip the waffle back in with the cooked side on top).
Cook for another five minutes on the other side, before transferring to a warmed plate while repeating with the remaining batter.
Cut each waffle into four and serve two per person, with your choice of toppings.
For sweet waffles: Try drizzling with honey; maple syrup; jam or nut butter; sprinkling with cinnamon sugar, or serving with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit.
To add a little crunch, you could opt to include some chopped nuts, toasted seeds or some of your favourite granola.
For savoury pancakes: Try topping with avocado slices, fried or poached eggs, crispy bacon or smoked salmon and cream cheese.
You can even try and turn these waffles into a full-blown US-style meal by serving alongside fried chicken and maple syrup.