Monday, April 14, 2014

The Fluffiest Waffles with Blueberry Sauce


When a person first goes gluten-free, she often immediately thinks of all the delicious foods she won’t be able to eat again.  Croissants?  Beer?  Baguettes?  WAFFLES?  What a catastrophe!  Well, catastrophe averted.  I haven’t figured out how to make my own beer yet, but waffles are one thing that no one should ever have to miss with easy gluten-free recipes like this one.  In fact, these waffles are even lighter, fluffier, and more delicious than the wheat version.  Why?  No pesky gluten, of course!  Gluten can toughen waffles if you aren’t extremely careful in mixing.  With this recipe, there’s no gluten worry.  The texture is extremely pillowy, the flavor is full and buttery, and they are easy on the belly. They are even soft and springy the next day.



As an added bonus, I’ll give you my recipe for a quick and easy blueberry sauce to top the waffles with.

Blueberry Sauce

Place in a small saucepan on medium heat:

1 pint (250g) fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp (28g) melted butter
2 Tbsp. (24g) sugar

Let the mixture come to a boil, then simmer while you make your waffles, stirring occasionally.  The longer and hotter you cook it, the thicker it will become.  Add more butter or water if it becomes too thick.  Let cool for a few minutes before using.

 

Light and Fluffy Waffle Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cook time: 15 minutes.
Servings: four waffles.  Double, triple, or quadruple as desired.

This recipe works better if you use the weights rather than the measures.  Measuring flour is a fickle business; it never comes out the same twice.  If you don't have a scale, try to measure so the flour isn't packed down; pour it into the measure if possible, then scrape off the excess with a knife.  The batter should pour easily - if it's too thick, add more milk.

In a large bowl, combine:

½ cup (60g) corn flour (or fine corn meal fro crunchier waffles)
½ cup (60g) white rice flour
2 Tbsp. (17g) sorghum flour
1 Tbsp. (7g) tapioca flour
1 Tbsp. (9g) potato starch
3 Tbsp. (36g) sugar
½ tsp. (3g) salt
2 tsp. (8g) baking powder (make sure it’s GF!)
½ tsp. (½g) xanthan gum

In another bowl, whisk together:

2 eggs
1 ¼ cups (300g) milk

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well-combined.  Don’t worry about over-stirring.  Remember, there’s no gluten!

Stir into the batter:

2 Tbsp (28g) melted butter

The batter will be pretty thin – this is okay.  Heat your waffle iron.  When it’s ready, pour a little batter onto it until it spreads out over the bottom of the waffle iron.  Each waffle will take a little over ½ cup of batter.  Cook each waffle until steam stops pouring out of the waffle iron.  Remove the waffles to a plate and cover, or put them in the oven at low heat until all the waffles are cooked.  Serve with butter, blueberry sauce (recipe above), syrup, or anything you want!

Substitutions:

Blueberries – almost any berry will work for this sauce.  Peaches or nectarines will work well too.  Adjust the sugar to your sweetness preference.

Butter – Coconut oil is great for the sauce or the waffles, but any margarine will work too.  Oil can toughen the texture.Butter can be omitted in the sauce.




Sugar – Honey or agave should work too, but it may have to be warmed up to blend into the waffle batter well.

Flours – any substitution will be an experiment, but this recipe is pretty forgiving.  Buckwheat works well, but makes the waffles a little denser.  Substitute any tapioca flour or potato starch with any other starches.

Eggs – for two eggs, mix 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed and 6 Tbsp. hot water, then let cool for a few minutes before adding to the recipe.

Milk – Light coconut milk.  Skim some of the fat off the coconut milk if it has thickened at the top of the can, then use the milk that’s left.

Xanthan Gum – I haven’t tried this recipe with any binder besides xanthan gum, so keep in mind that this recommendation is just my best guess.  Guar gum – ¾ to 1 tsp.

Do you have any tried and true recipe substitutions?  Leave them in the comments!

Want some more waffle inspiration?  Here's a few more recipes:

Easy Buckwheat Waffles
Easy Waffles: a Gluten-free Dairy-free Recipe

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