Thursday, 20 October 2016

#debate.. To Waffle or Not to Waffle? Let's Waffle on About Gluten Free Waffles with (Nut-Safe) Chocolate Sauce!

Good morning my crispy croissants!

I recently had a lovely conversation with the owner of Choccobar and we were discussing the best gluten free waffle recipe.

Now it's a bit of a personal thing, some people like crispy, some people like slightly chewy but Mark (Choccobar owner) is looking for something that is crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.  Using conventional flour this isn't generally too much of an issue however trying to find the perfect gluten-free mix is proving more elusive so he asked me to get on the case.

I've asked around and done a bit of research and I think (she says fingers crossed) that I might have a great recipe.

Some of the gluten free recipes advise using all rice flour but I think this lends itself to the crisp outside but not the soft cloud-like interior that you'd necessarily want so I've came up with a balancing act that I think is a winner.

The Best Gluten-Free Waffle Recipe Ever (?)

For the Waffles

110 grams of Gluten-Free Oat flour
20 grams of Rice Flour
7 grams of baking powder (gluten-free)
3 grams of bicarbonate of soda
Half a teaspoon of salt
175 ml milk (whichever variety you prefer)
130 grams of melted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Sauce (Nut-Safe / Allergy-Friendly)

100 grams of dark (70% cocoa solids minimum) Plamil or Kinnerton nut-safe chocolate
50 grams of butter
250 ml cream (or vegan cream)
55 grams of caster sugar


Get your waffle iron on and to the manufacturers recommended temperature.
In a large bowl mix all your dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, mix your eggs and wet ingredients together until eggs are well incorporated.
Gentle stir, DO NOT BEAT, the wet ingredients into the dry.
You want the mixture to be lightly combined without being overworked (this makes for tough waffles).  You will still have small lumps in the mixture and this is how it SHOULD BE.
Ladle the mixture into the hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
For the chocolate sauce, break up the chocolate into small-sh pieces and put them in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Put the bowl over a pot containing gently simmering water.  Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.  Don't over stir the mixture while it's melting.  Let the ingredients melt and combine and then take off the heat and give a good stir.
Serve the hot waffles with the hot chocolate sauce or any other accompaniment you desire!
(cream, strawberries, golden syrup or any fruit you fancy).
Gorge yourself and be happy!

Okay my lovelies, I think I'm going to run through sugar substitutes next time for all those wanting to reduce their sugar content, those with diabetes or those wanting to watch their weight.

Until the next time, hugs,



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