Earl grey waffle with Vonshef waffle maker
Waffles are quite traditional, and very basic to make. Wherever you go to get a waffle, you’ll always get a plain one with a topping or more of your choice. And voila, that’s a tasty waffle apparently. Well, we say No! Let's add some flavour in the batter and make it a bit interesting for your palate.
When Domu offered us a chance to pick out some items from their online shop to test out you can imagine how exited we got.
Our first choice was the Vonshef Waffle maker.
After a baking brainstorm, we all agreed to make a waffle that would fit perfectly for breakfast, tea time or even a nice treat post work out. Don’t we all love a nice cuppa? I can't believe I’m actually saying this right now a haha. Cuppa - I’m french guys, our tea culture isn't as strong as it is in the UK. I guess after 10 years it's actually got to me.
So we came up with the Earl grey waffles!
Here’s what you need for 8 waffles:
2 cups of plain flour
1 tsp of salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 x 2/3 cup of milk
2/4 cup of melted butter
1tsp of vanilla extract
4 tablespoons of sugar
Earl grey tea bags
This recipe is super easy - really simple to follow.
First things first, empty the tea bags in a pan with the milk and bring to a light simmer. Set aside to cool down.
In the mean time, in a medium bowl, mix together the flour and the salt. (the dry ingredients)
Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
Once the milk has completely cool down, strain the tea leaves and combine the flavoured milk with the yolks, butter and vanilla. Add the wet mix to the dry ingredients and stir well until smooth.
So far it’s pretty easy right? Now you have 3 options to beat the egg white to a soft peak (soft and foamy). If you're lucky enough to have an electric mixer beat the egg whites using the whisk attachment. A hand mixer will do the job too and if you are feeling brave, feel free to do by hand. It’s doable, Kim, Rachel and I did it in turns. Great team work from the Food and Lycra kitchen squad - all our arm workouts paid off!
So you have your batter and your whipped egg whites. You know what’s coming next. You need to fold the eggs white into the batter. Make sure you fold it in order to keep as much air in the batter as possible, do not stir it. It will take a bit of time bit it will make your waffles light and fluffy.
Now that your waffle batter is ready time to cook the badboys.
All we need to do now is heat up our Vonshef waffle maker. No need to grease it as it’s non-stick.
Pour enough batter in the waffle maker and and smooth the top with a spatula.
Close the lid and bake until golden brown.
This is a basic recipe that you could flavour the way you want.
You could even make a savoury version by taking off the sugar and had spring onion, sweetcorn, chilies or cheese.
This is a basic recipe and doesn’t require any leaving agent as you can see. This is the ideal recipe if you little time in your hands. The real Belgian waffles need a good hour of preparation and rising. This recipe here can be done in less than 20mins!