A very, very good friend of mine bought Jeff and I a waffle maker for our engagement some time ago. This waffle maker instantly became MY waffle maker and mine only.
I love pancakes and I love waffles equally. But the hassle of getting out a fry-pan and having to flip pancakes always seemed to complicated for someone like me so well suited to instant gratification. Welcome to my life waffle maker.
Within 24 hours of owning this beautiful contraption, I had “cooked” three batches of different flavoured waffles – cinnamon and vanilla, blueberry and the ever popular – plain.
It didn’t take long before I was experimenting with all things you could put in the waffle maker – omelette, bacon, french toast, tomatoes, potato hashbrowns, coconut pancakes and more recently – banana pancakes.
There are some things that you sensibly know you can’t put in a waffle maker but that doesn’t stop you.
Omelette is a great example. If you have any common sense at all, you’ll know that this is never going to work. So what does that say about me then?
The “omelette incident” – as it is now referred to in our house – was the first time I panicked a bit while using the waffle maker. I don’t think it was supposed to let off quite that much steam…. Or spit. It definitely wasn’t meant to spit. After the “omlette incident” I spent about 45 minutes scrubbing egg particles off the waffle maker. Never again.
I lost my nerve a wee bit after that. No delicious food mush was worth the exhaustive cleaning.
The problem with normal pancakes is that they have a lot of flour in them. Actually, it tends to be the main ingredient. So after a decent amount of time had past since my last waffle maker experiment, I started to investigate what delicious, healthy and flour-free waffles I could make.
One of the most delicious and perfect pancake/waffle hybrid recipes I found was with coconut flour. These coconut flour pancakes have become my go-to food if I’m too lazy too cook anything else. They’re absolutely delicious and I highly recommend trying them out. A word of warning though… I would suggest a fry-pan rather than a waffle maker. Despite their nomnomishness they turned out more like crepes than waffles or pancakes and there was a lot of frantic scraping before left an indelible mark on the waffle maker.
The other healthy pancake I’ve was curious about was the two ingredient pancake (note: mine did NOT look like the picture). This recipe has banana and egg in it. That is all. What could possibly go wrong?!
Well just about everything.
The first indication that banana and egg wasn’t going to work in a waffle maker should’ve been when I was mixing up the batter.
With no flour to bind to the egg and banana, and no rising agent to make it, well, rise, it should’ve been pretty obvious that an instant heat waffle maker was the wrong way to go.
The moment the mixture hit the hot waffle iron it spread like molten banana goo. Every inch of the surface was covered, and then over the side. And then in every crevice possible – including all the ones that you can never reach with normal cleaning items. And then all over the bench.
I didn’t think there could be much left to cook.
I was actually too scared to open the lid at first. What exactly was I going to find under there? A giant mess that’s what.
There was this lumpy, half cooked, slightly crepe/pancake looking, definitely not waffle looking, brown substance staring back at me.
All I could do was momentarily freeze on the spot with spatula in hand while it continued to oooze over the sides. Eventually I got up the courage to jab at it with the spatula.
What I ended up with was a plate of half cooked banana slop. Which I ate. And it was delicious.
Would I make it again in a waffle maker. No. Not immediately anyway. I can’t say that I definitely wouldn’t try it again in a waffle maker because eventually I will forget what a disaster it was.
So, my top three things that you shouldn’t put in a waffle maker are:
- Pancakes/waffles that only have two ingredients and neither are flour.
- Recipes that specifically say ‘Do not cook in waffle maker’.
- Omelettes. Any of them. It’s a terrible idea.
On the other hand, these are three of my favourite waffle/pancake recipes:
- Coconut Flour Pancakes (disclaimer – cook them in a frypan)
- Maple Peanut Banana Bread Waffles
- Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles
May you and your waffle maker have a long, happy life together. Enjoy the ride!