Waffles or pancakes. The big debate. Which is best? Thick fluffy pancakes, thin buttery crepes or sweet and sugary belgian style waffles. Honestly we’re torn. But some of you might have seen over on social that Alex bought me a waffle maker for Christmas this year and so 2018 brunches so far have been waffle-y good (I just can’t help myself!).
Making waffles actually takes more skill than I thought..just a bit. There are quite a few recipes out there already, but it’s hard to find a really good, pretty simple one which actually tastes more than just a bland waffle shaped carb.
I mean, I know it’s all about the toppings too. But you need to start with a good base to get an all-round delicious dish.
Then there’s the whole under-filling and over-filling business. In other words, getting full waffles without the mixture going under the machine and over the side. This honestly just takes practise. I’ll give a rough guide, but after a few goes you do get used to this.
I’ve tried several waffle recipes since receiving my waffle maker, combining methods, testing more/less of each ingredient and I’m finally happy with my plain sweet waffle recipe. So here it is.
We’ve had ours with banana and cream, but the best so far have been piled with fresh strawberries, banana, summer fruit compote and topped with a drizzle of honey. They didn’t look as neat and tidy but they sure tasted amazing. I’ve included the summer fruit compote in the recipe below so you can give this a whirl too! It adds some extra sauciness.
The recipe is below – would love to hear your thoughts.
Are waffles or pancakes top of your brunch fave list?
Sweet Waffles with Summer Fruit Compote
A simple, delicious waffle recipe with a berry saucy topping 😉
- 200 g plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla flavouring/essence
- 2 eggs
- 300 ml milk semi-skimmed
- 250 g summer fruits, frozen
- 1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
- knob butter, for greasing waffle pan
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and sugar. Slowly whisk in the vanilla flavouring, eggs and milk. Continue to whisk until well combined and the mixture forms a smooth batter.
Heat the waffle pan. Once heated, grease the moulds with butter (a pastry brush is great for this). Fill each mould with roughly 2 heaped tbsp of batter and use a spatula to spread the mixture to all four corners of each mould. The batter will start to cook quickly on the hot pan so be as quick as possible. Put the lid down and leave for 6-8 minutes until the first batch is cooked.
Repeat step two until all batter is used - this recipe should make 8 waffles, therefore meaning two batches of cooking.
Whilst the waffles are cooking, add the summer fruits and soft dark brown sugar to a small saucepan. Heat over a medium heat until thawed.
Transfer the summer fruits to a blender and blend for a few seconds until partly smooth. Return to the pan and bring to boil. The compote should start to thicken slightly. After a few minutes, return to a simmer and leave to stay warm whilst you finish the pancakes,
Serve each person two waffles, topped with a drizzle of compote and any other toppings - fresh fruit and flaked coconut or nuts work well! Enjoy!