So I finally cracked and bought a waffle iron in January. I’ve wanted one since I was born (well, the last couple of years anyway) and there are a couple of fancy ones I’d had an eye on. As someone that can’t justify spending £100 on a waffle iron though I finally had to bite the bullet and get one down the bottom end of the range. I now don’t know why I waited so long. Yeah it only cost £27 and it doesn’t latch close but now I get waffles whenever the hell I want them, and I warn you, that means there’s going to be an inordinate amount of waffles pictures of instagram for the next few months (and years).
We now make waffles on Saturday mornings every week, and we generally try and make a different type of waffle or flavour combo every time. This means that I am going to have to stop myself just turning into a blog which talks about waffles and nothing else. Waffles are so versatile, they can be sweet, savoury, cheesy, sugary, breakfast, dinner, brownies, cookie dough, potato and basically anything you’ve ever made in your life can be put into a waffle maker. Leftover pizza (if you’re one of those weird people that has leftover pizza), yup, stick that in there. Cake mix? Yup. Mashed potato? Yup. Hash browns? Halloumi? You get the picture.
One of the first ones we made, what with it being January and really f*cking cold, was a rye waffles, with goats cheese, honey and a sprinkle of thyme. Rye flour is a big favourite of mine, I love its dark and nutty notes. It works so well in waffles. I only wish we could have got hold of some figs to add on top.
- 130g Rye Flour
- 130g Plain White Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 470ml Whole Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 60ml Oil (I used vegetable)
- Sprig Thyme
- **For serving**
- Goats Cheese (the crumbly time)
- Sprig Thyme
- Figs, sliced
- Stir together the flours, salt, thyme and baking powder.
- In a large bowl combine the brown sugar, milk, eggs and oil.
- Combine the two mixtures and mix until there are no lumps left.
- Heat up your waffle iron per the instructions for your machine. I have mine on a relatively high setting as I like them as crispy as possible.
- Again, cook to the manufacturer's instructions, mine takes about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve warm with crumbled goats cheese, a dribble of honey, sliced fig and some thyme. I also like to add mixed seeds to the top.