I wanted for a long time to make waffles, now it is now done thanks to my wonderful purchase … a (very useful) waffle maker (multifunctions for hours of creation lol). So I put my apron to carry out some experiments following my inspiration … and the delicious ingredients I had in my kitchen.
Here is the result … crunchy and melting, light but tasty, waffles. A treat from my childhood, revisited, but it should convinced everyone (whatever your diet 😉 ).
With the arrival of fall season, come Sweet Potatoes, called in Japan Satsuma-imo (to know more about this delicious vegetable read my article here). I decided to combine it with some wellness ingredients that I like as rice flour, (widely used in Japan for making Wagashis, traditional Japanese sweets), coconut milk and palm sugar, plus herbs and spices (never forget them !!). This recipe is gluten-free, but also free of lactose and butter … that does not mean fat free 😉
Get your apron,
Ingredients (6 waffles)
– 400g Sweet Potato (baked and mashed)
– 50g Rice flour
– 100 ml Coconut milk
– 1 whole Egg
– 1 Egg white
– 1 tsp Baking powder
– 1 tsp Baking soda
– 1 pinch of Salt
– 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
– 1 pinch of Nutmeg (to learn more about its properties, here)
– 4 sprigs of thyme (leaves)
– 10-15 pecans, roughly chopped
– Waffle Maker
– Coconut oil
– Plam sugar in fine powder (or coconut sugar)
– Some Nuts (pecans, cashews or almonds)
I propose a ‘caramelized’ waffle recipe so I advise you to prepare the waffles the evening before to enjoy at breakfast, or the morning to the afternoon or evening. Then caramelize them few minutes before serving. Guaranteed crispy effect !!
1) The day or hours before
– Pour all ingredients (except pecans) in processor and blend until a smooth dough with light texture (it should be a little frothy but thick).
– Put the dough in a bowl, add the chopped pecans and mix gently.
– Spread a little coconut oil with a pastry brush on the plates of the waffle maker when it is hot,
– Then pour the dough into the center of each plate, close the waffle maker.
– Remove the waffles when cooked.
– Keep them covered in a dry place.
2) Before serving
– Heat the waffle machine,
– Spread a very few coconut oil with a pastry brush over waffles, only the top side.
– Sprinkle this face of the waffle with palm sugar (or coconut sugar). Because of the oil, sugar should adhere well.
– Place the waffles in the device and cooked for few minutes until they are crispy and caramelized.
– Your waffles are ready! Just sprinkle some chopped nuts and pour some honey on it.
Note: You should have enough preparation for 6 waffles with a standard rectangular waffle maker.
(Do not forget to clean the plates of the machine after use)
I chose to eat my waffle in a simple way, just topped with chestnut honey, but some Foodies may serve them with hot chocolate sauce, whipped vanilla cream or even a scoop of sweet potato ice cream!
Because of the starting season, I accompanied my waffles with a ‘Pumpkin Pie Smoothie’ … so yummy :p I will post the recipe soon!
In this sweet version, thyme brings a gentle floral touch. You can very well use this base for savory waffles. In this case, no need to prepare the night before because you do not have to caramelize. Just add salt and pepper to the dough and spices and herbs of your choice (turmeric, ginger, curry … use your imagination). When cooking, choose olive oil instead of coconut oil for the plates. Make smaller waffles for tasty and original appetizers.
Bon Appétit !