You can now prepare your favorite waffles using a sandwich maker. Yes, it is possible. No, it will not exactly look like a waffle because a sandwich maker does not have the iron plates identical to a waffle maker. Yes, the waffles will be crispy and fluffy.
Making waffles in a sandwich maker is easy. You don’t need any particular ingredients, and you have to cook it the same way. The only difference is that you don’t have a waffle maker at your disposal, so you’re improvising. You won’t run into any problems, but there are certain things you should know before proceeding.
Making Waffle Batter
To make waffles in a sandwich maker, you need waffle batter. You can purchase a ready-to-mix batter from the store or prepare your waffle batter from scratch.
You can follow plenty of recipes available online, but if this is your first time making waffles in a sandwich maker, stick to the basic recipe. Keep the waffle batter simple, nothing too fancy. The preparation time will be roughly 15 minutes.
Here is the list of the required ingredients.
1.) All-purpose flour
3.) Granulated sugar
4.) Baking powder
5.) Vanilla essence
7.) Vegetable oil
If you have made waffles before, you have already guessed that this is or is similar to the Classic American Waffle recipe.
3 Steps To Make A Waffle Batter
With all the ingredients at your disposal, it is time to prepare the waffle batter. Oh, two more things, you also need a mixing bowl and an electric mixer to swiftly and effortlessly mix the ingredients. You can also whisk by hand; the electric mixer is optional.
1.) Break an egg and drop it into a large bowl. Make sure that there are no eggshells.
2.) Add a quarter cup of granulated sugar and whisk it till the texture looks fluffy.
3.) Pour in a cup of milk, 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, a teaspoon of baking powder, and vanilla essence. Add 1 and a quarter cups of all-purpose flour and mix till all the ingredients are well combined. When including the flour, add it gradually and mix it. Inspect the batter; it should not be too thick or too runny. If it is a bit on the watery side, add the remaining flour gradually.
See how easy it is to make a waffle batter in 3 simple steps.
How To Make Waffles In A Sandwich Maker
Your batter is ready, and you now need to make waffles. If you haven’t done this already, grab your sandwich maker out of the cabinet and follow the steps.
1.) Plug it in, heat the sandwich maker to the maximum level, and spread vegetable oil on the plates so that the batter does not stick to the sandwich maker. Use a pastry brush to circulate the oil. You can also run a slab of butter which performs the same way. The recommended temperature should be 375°F. If your sandwich maker is hotter than this, your waffle will cook more quickly, but you could also burn them. If it doesn’t reach the suggested temperature, you need more time to cook the waffles, and chances are they may not turn out to be as crispy as a waffle should be.
2.) Once the sandwich maker is heated, pour the batter into the sandwich maker. Pour the batter in the center, and it will flow to the sides, covering the entire area. Close the lid and keep an eye on the steam.
3.) It will take approximately 10 minutes for the waffles to cook. Once the steam stops, open the lid, check your waffles which should be golden and crispy in color. Carefully lift them out of the sandwich maker and place them on a plate.
4.) Grab your favorite toppings. It can be anything you prefer, from a delicious syrup to a big scoop of ice cream. You can also throw in a few fruits and nuts.
How To Make Sure Your Waffles Come Out Crispy
A waffle should be crispy, fluffy, and golden in color. If you end up getting soggy waffles, then that is no fun. As explained above, the ingredients and preparation are the same. But when you cook waffles in a sandwich maker, you need the correct temperature.
The heat of a sandwich maker will vary depending on the brand and type you have. The required temperature is 375°F. If your sandwich maker cannot preheat at the recommended temperature, this will affect how your waffles come out. So, find out the highest temperature of your sandwich maker so you can cook your waffles accordingly.
Sandwich Maker or Griller?
Are you using a sandwich maker or a sandwich griller? You can prepare waffles in both, but you should be aware of the distinction.
A sandwich maker will have a moat-like shape in which your batter will stay. So, there is a better chance of getting fluffy waffles compared to a griller.
A sandwich griller is for grilling sandwiches. You get the lines on the top of the bread. There won’t be any deep pockets in a sandwich griller, so the waffles will have lines on them, and they might not be very fluffy. If you want a waffle sandwich, making it using a griller is a better choice. You can also have a waffle roll for breakfast. Add your favorite toppings and roll your waffle.
Common Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them
You can make waffles in a sandwich maker, they will come out satisfactory but not perfect. A sandwich maker is not a dedicated kitchen appliance for making waffles. Keep that in mind. If you are making waffles in a sandwich maker, it’s because you don’t have a waffle maker, so you’re learning how to improvise.
There are a few problems you might run into, such as:
1.) The waffles may not be very crispy or crunchy because it may be challenging to get the exact preheated temperature. You would have to experiment with the temperature and increase or decrease the cooking time accordingly.
2.) The insides may not be properly cooked or may turn out soggy if you have added a lot of waffle batter to fill in the sandwich maker holes. If this happens, turn down the temperature so that the waffles can cook a bit more without the risk of burning them. However, there is a high probability that the outside may turn out to be crispy because of the extra cooking time.
3.) If the waffles don’t turn out to be crispy, you can fry them but only for a few seconds to a minute.
If you don’t have the budget to purchase a waffle maker, you need to learn how to make waffles in a sandwich maker. It is doable, you can have tasty waffles for breakfast, but you need to be patient and understand what needs to be done.