In 2019, I will eat 100 discrete waffles. Made myself or purchased. Leftovers don’t count. Click images for recipe links where available. Follow my progress here or on instagram @zoeywrites. #ZoeyWaffles
Recipe Mods: This time, I waffled a large portion of dough (enough for one small pizza) on the iron with some extra spray oil for added crispness. Waffled it ‘til crisp, and then topped it up like a pizza and broiled for a couple minutes. I burnt it a bit, but it was still great.
Sauce, Drizzle or Topping: Pizza sauce, black olives, banana pepper, shredded mozzarella.
Tasting Notes: Highly recommended! Most home ovens don’t get hot enough to get that crunchy crust that is so good in a pizza. This waffling technique comes close. Really good. Would be fairly easy to do a few crusts ahead of time to feed a small crowd, as they could be topped and cooked in the oven en masse.
What I learned about myself (or waffles) thanks to this waffle: This pizza waffle is even better than a calzone waffle.
Leftovers?: Not even close.
Would I Waffle This Waffle Again? Already planning the pizza waffle party in my head.
Recipe Mods: I tried two calzone methods. The first, from Will It Waffle: laid the dough over part of iron, added fillings, pulled the rest of dough over, shut the iron. It worked OK, but it was quite doughy.
Second, the Pillsbury method. I pre-made a package of dough wrapped around fillings, then placed it on the iron such that pizza innards would leak inside the iron, not over the edges. Do it this way!
Ingredients: fresh pizza dough from Lina’s Italian Market (it’s EXCELLENT and made this a fairly quick meal); homemade pizza sauce (crushed tomatoes simmered with dried basil and crushed red pepper); mozzarella; black olives and banana peppers
Sauce, Drizzle or Topping: All inside, baby! But did dip in some extra sauce.
Tasting Notes: This is a good one. It’s not quite pizza or a typical waffle and the chew of waffled dough isn’t quite perfectly what you’d want for pizza, but it is fun and tasty and worth doing if you have some time to play with your dinner.
What I learned about myself (or waffles) thanks to this waffle: Everyone likes a pizza waffle!
Recipe Mods: I substituted buttermilk for the regular milk. I’ve made this previously with milk and I much preferred it with regular.
Sauce, Drizzle or Topping: Whipped cream, raspberries and dark chocolate shavings.
Tasting Notes: A nice texture thanks to the slow long yeasted rise with a tart bite from the buttermilk. The texture is lighter and loftier with regular milk, so I’d definitely recommend going regular for this one.
What I learned about myself (or waffles) thanks to this waffle: Buttermilk is not a miracle waffle ingredient.
Leftovers?: These mellowed out a little and crisped up nicely in a toaster. They were a killer base layer for mini waffle pizzas. Leftover waffles are almost always better than fresh… maybe I’m doing the fresh wrong?
Would I Waffle This Waffle Again? Yes, but with regular milk.
Recipe Mods: Used light, canned coconut milk and reduced butter somewhat as these are pretty high fat.
Sauce, Drizzle or Topping: Coconut and blueberries
Tasting Notes: Nice texture, subtle coconut flavour. Not sure the coconut flavour was worth the amount of coconut milk (a high-fat ingredient) used as I would prefer to butter it up more for the flavour points.
What I learned about myself (or waffles) thanks to this waffle: Not all coconut confections are created equally.
Would I Waffle This Waffle Again? Probably not. I’d rather experiment to find something with bolder coconut flavour.
Recipe Mods: Used vegetable oil (recipe directions say melted butter but ingredient list says oil)
Sauce, Drizzle or Topping: Butter & maple syrup; also plain
Tasting Notes: Wasn’t crazy about it at first, but really enjoyed them reheated. Lightly sweet so would lend itself well to berries and whipping cream.
What I learned about myself (or waffles) thanks to this waffle: Leftovers are a great idea.
Leftovers?: Don’t overtoast them. Do serve with ice cream.
Would I Waffle This Waffle Again? Yes, but may add chunks of chocolate and would have whipping cream on hand.
Waffle No. 1: Cheesy Cornbread Waffle
Date: Jan. 2
Recipe or Waffle Inspiration: Half-Baked Harvest Cheddar Cornbread Waffle BLT with Chipotle Butter
Recipe Mods: No corn. Used Beemster cheese. Didn’t make an enormous sandwich out of it.
Sauce, Drizzle or Topping: Butter & spicy red pepper jelly
Tasting Notes: Great density. Also good without toppings, but the spicy jelly was an inspired move.
What I learned about myself (or waffles) thanks to this waffle: I sprinkled extra cheese on top after plopping in the batter, but the cheese became a bit burnt. Next time, I’d let them cook longer before adding the cheese.