RECIPE: Farmhouse Waffles
Tried and tested seasonal recipes from our country cookery school kitchen. As well as hacks and get ahead tips for EVERY cook.
Breakfast or Brunch
Prepare 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins
- 125 g self raising flour
- 25 g golden caster sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt – finely ground
- 50 g unsalted butter – melted
- 250 ml buttermilk or your favourite plant based alternative
- 2 medium free range eggs or 2 heaped tablespoons of apple puree
- sunflower oil to cook
Our favourite topping is melted Solkiki chocolate with fresh orange and pistachio. Or, opt for traditional maple syrup or honey.
Measure self raising flour, sugar, vanilla powder and salt. Sift together into a medium mixing bowl. Make a slight well in the centre.
Melt butter in a small oven proof bowl in the microwave or AGA simmering oven. Leave to cool slightly.
Measure buttermilk. Beat eggs together and then whisk in buttermilk and combine.
Preheat waffle iron, ridged griddle or heavy based frying pan, so that it is really hot.
Combine buttermilk mixture with sifted dry ingredients. Gently pour liquid into the centre and whisk gently. Avoid over mixing.
Gently whisk in melted butter.
How to cook
Using a wad of kitchen towel rub a little flavourless oil on to the surface of your preheated griddle. Use a standard ice-cream scoop to measure equal amounts of batter and cook in small batches.
Once the batter had set and small bubbles appeared on the surface, we flipped the waffle after a minute or so to cook on the underside.
If you are using a purpose made waffle iron, follow the makers instructions. Simply pour the batter into the centre and spread no more that 2 cm to the edge.
Close the iron together and cook for 2-3 minutes. Keep warm and repeat until all of the batter is cooked.
As an alternative to buttermilk, use a combination of milk and plain yoghurt
To cook on a traditional AGA preheat your griddle or waffle iron on the floor of the roasting oven.
Make sure that your griddle is very hot before cooking the waffles. Remember to oil the surface between batches.
Do not fill the ice-cream scoop more than 3/4 full otherwise the waffles will spread.
To melt chocolate in the AGA simply break into small pieces and leave in a heatproof bowl at the back of the stove or on the warming plate.