Weekend waffling

We bought a waffle machine a few months ago. It seemed like yet another appliance to take up yet more space in my already overcrowded cupboards. It was the kids idea, after they fell in love with waffles when we were in Japan, so I caved. They’ve turned out to be a great  way to change up weekend breakfasts.

Annoyingly, our family is split down the middle on the savoury/sweet debate. I started with a standard waffle batter and left out the sugar. Rich (husband) and the Ollie (11 year old) topped theirs with scrambled eggs or ham and cheese, Melie (teenage girl) with maple syrup and cream, while I attempted some health benefits with yoghurt and chopped fruit.

All of which worked for a while. Then I started wondering how I could make things more interesting, what I could add to the batter prior to cooking.

At this point, two recipes have risen to the top. Bacon and cheese waffles, and apple and cinnamon. Both super easy with the same batter base. Both cooked for the same amount of time. Cleverly pleasing both sides of my irritatingly particular family’s palates.

WAFFLE BATTER (makes approximately 6 waffles)

1 cup standard flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup milk
Pinch salt
1 tbsp butter, melted

  1. Measure out flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and salt into a bowl.
  2. Beat together to combine. (I use a stick blender to do this, but be careful not to overbeat)
  3. Stir through the melted butter
  4. Heat the waffle iron and ladle in spoonfuls of the batter.
  5. Cook until golden and crisp

You can make the waffles as per the above recipe, and top with whatever you like. They’re not sweet, so you can be quite creative. I have been known to treat them like a pizza base and heat the toppings in the oven.

If you want to make the variations I’ve described in the text above, you can do what I do and halve the waffle batter, adding the savoury or sweet additions. If you want to only make one kind, just double the quantities I’ve listed below.

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Bacon and cheese waffles


 I usually top these with fried eggs.

1/2 quantity waffle batter (as per above)
4 rashers streaky bacon (free range please!)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Fry the bacon until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels
  2. Break the bacon up into small pieces
  3. Mix the bacon and cheese into the waffle batter. Grind over black pepper to taste
  4. Cook as per the above


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Apple and cinnamon waffles



I’ve topped these with either cream and maple syrup, or fresh fruit and yoghurt

1/2 quantity waffle batter (as per above)
1 small apple grated, including peel
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Cook as per the above

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