Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cornstarch Waffles

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (or a bit less)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add the oil, vanilla, egg and milk. Mix well. Let it rest for a half hour. Make the waffles according to your iron's directions.

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Ah, waffles. Similar to, but not the same as pancakes. When you want waffles, pancakes will not ease the pain you feel. Likewise, waffles will not fill the emptiness inside you when pancakes are what you crave. The golden, crispy ridges, full to overflowing with butter and maple syrup are a delight to all the senses, but not the same as tender, fluffy rounds of deliciousness soaking up the... well, the butter and syrup. I'm not a jam on my waffles/pancakes fan. I just think that maple syrup is the pinnacle of toppings for breakfast cakes. Call me nuts, you won't be the first. But all of this is neither here nor there. Well, I guess waffles are "here", since that's what I'm talking about and also "there" since that's what the rest of the post is about too... Hm. Well. Let's just move along.

Sorry, no step by step for this one. In fact other than the one up top, this is the only other picture that came out well. I got the recipe from here. What caught my eye was all the cornstarch in it. I'd never seen waffles that used that before. Apparently it's supposed to help make the outside crispy and the inside soft. A noble goal. But, I've been having trouble with waffles lately. The outside gets lovely and brown, but the inside never cooks quite right. Has anyone else had this happen? They look done, they've been in the iron plenty of time, but they are still almost wet in the middle. I know I cooked them long enough, but they don't seem finished. Maybe I'm leaving them in too long and that makes them collapse? Can that happen?

The flavor is great, the outside has a nice crispness to it, but the middle is... flawed. This happened when I made the sour cream waffles last year too. Although I didn't mention it then because I thought it was that I had forgotten to put in the baking powder. Heh. But this time I know I put in everything and it still happened. Why is this, does anyone know?


26 comments:

Kate said...

Bob, these look wonderful. I too am of the maple syrup persuasion when it comes to pancakes and waffles. However, since I live in Belgium, I sometimes have to compromise for the sake of cultural expediency and eat them plain.

But don't pity me. The ones we eat plain here (I mean Liege waffles, not Brussels waffles!) are a totally different animal--heavier and full of cinnamon and little pearls of sugar. They're delicious on their own. Besides, the maple syrup dripping down your arm is sometimes less than fetching.

I'm glad I found your waffle adventures. I'll be back to see what else you're up to.

Jenn said...

I have to slather my waffles and pancakes with a poolful of maple syrup. and some butter. LOL. I wish I had a waffles maker!!!!!!!

girlichef said...

You're so right...when u need a waffle, a pancake just won't do! I just woke up and this is lookin' like bre-fast to me! And no...not sure. :?

Petite Nyonya said...

I just bought myself a small waffle maker 2 weeks back but don't have a recipe for it yet. I'm encouraged to try yours.

Donna-FFW said...

NO fair me looking at this delicious waffle while Im having coffee with my granola fiber bar. I want that instead.

I dont have a waffle maker so I cant offer advice, but they sure do look darned delicious!

5 Star Foodie said...

Waffles are always tricky to make just right to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I find that my waffle maker is getting a bit old and now it takes a lot longer to cook the waffles properly. I will definitely try the cornstarch addition, excellent tip!

Elra said...

I haven't made waffles for such a long time after my son grow up. I even almost forget about this breakfast goodie. Yours look delicious!

noble pig said...

They came out nice! Good for you and a very interesting recipe I'd say...never heard of a cornstarch waffle.

Dawn said...

Isn't that the best part of waffles the crispy outside? I love it. I actually was looking for a good waffle recipe some 3 weeks ago. Thanks for this, I will give this one a whirl.

Bob said...

Kate: Wow, those sound awesome. Do you have a recipe?

Jenn: Yeah, that's the stuff. Heh.

girlichef: :)

Petite Nyonya: If you do try it, you should let me know how it turns out!

Donna: I'm a cruel man. ;)

5 Star Foodie: Hm, my iron is a bit old. That would be awesome if it wasn't me screwing up. Heh.

Elra: Thanks! Don't forget about waffles, that would make them sad.

noble pig: Thanks! I hadn't either before this.

Dawn: It totally is. Let me know how they turn out for you!

Danielle said...

You know...i have never in my life made a single waffle. I think I had a really old waffle iron that use to my my mother inlaws...but i have no idea where it is now. But I do prefer waffles over pancakes. Its that crispy outside yumminess

Wandering Coyote said...

Yeah, I was thinking that it might be the waffle maker, too.

The high cornstarch content also equals less gluten, which is desirable in a pancake/waffle mix.

Kate said...

Bob, I've never made Liege waffles--they're street food, eaten in the hand. You have to know who makes the good ones, though. I googled and found a recipe that sounds genuine:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/285478

(Sorry, I don't know how to make it a link here.)

They're reputed to be a lot of work, but when they're good they're veryvery good! Let us know if you make them, ok?

Enjoy!

The Duo Dishes said...

Interesting. We assumed the cornstarch would make them melty and fluffy inside since that's what happens when you use more cornstarch than flour in a buttery cookkie. It's worth it to give it another go.

Michelle said...

Sorry I can't help you figure it out, but these waffles sure look great anyway!

Vicki said...

Mmm...love waffles. Check out your waffle maker - let it heat up, then touch it quickly in a bunch of places to gauge the temp - you might have a cold spot in the middle.

DynamiteDebbie said...

I think it's the waffle maker, too, but I think it's the type you have. I hate the belgian waffle makers--waffles are supposed to have *little* squares, four squares equalling one perfect bite. You know, like the one Mom had! I've never had waffles come out right for the Belgian type; I have a waffle maker that makes four square (bread size--perfect for reheating in the toaster) waffles and they are always perfect. I use the recipe Mom used, too--you know, BH&G, 1/2 a cup of oil, beaten egg whites--that's the one. :-)

Reeni♥ said...

I made waffles for dinner tonight - savory style. If I had maple syrup in the house I'd be eating the leftovers right now - because of this post. I'm not sure what could be wrong - probably your waffle maker since you've made different batters and it keeps happening. This looks yummy anyways!

Palidor said...

The waffles look perfect. I don't know why they would still be raw in the center. Maybe it's time for a new waffle iron?

Aww, how you've got me craving waffles. I love to put a little bit of butter in each waffle hole and smother the whole thing in syrup.

pigpigscorner said...

I've never made waffles before so can't help you on that. Cornstarch caught my eye too, nice to know what it does!

nora@ffr said...

waffles are my kids favorite breakfast!! these waffle looks wonderful!! sometimes they are very tricky.. hehe.. love ye blog very much..
cheers and have a great weekend!!

Fuji Mama said...

You've got the dreaded Waffle Curse, that's the problem! You had better go see the village witch doctor for an amulet or your waffles will NEVER turn out. Hmmmm, could it be your waffle iron?

Maris said...

These look great! Even if they're less than perfect I hope you still enjoyed them with lots of syrup and butter (I'm not a jam person either!)

Tangled Noodle said...

You mentioned the magic waffle combo - crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Curses that I don't have a waffle maker!

Culinary Alchemist said...

All I can say is mmmmmmmmmm Waffles!

noobcook said...

They look yummy! Wished I had a waffle machine :D

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