The last weekend there was a fair in my village. It's an annual ramble event, to discover my village and spend a great moment in our campaign.
My work in this fair consists of making waffles. But real (big) ones ! Follow this Instructable for the recipe and tips for making them.
Step 1: The Dough Recipe
I make the dough continuously during the day. As the recipe doesn't contains baking powder, I don't have to let the dough rest. For one batch of dough, you will need :
- 1 kg of flour
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 liter of half-skilled milk
- 1/2 liter of water
And that's all.
About the hardware, I use a mixer robot for the dough, and an industrial waffle baking device. I can bake four waffles together, in two molds. This apparel works with a gas tank, and can work for hours without problems.
Step 2: Dough Preparation (I)
The recipe is great, because I don't have to weight and measure things (only the water and the milk...) It's a great thing, I don't waste time !
- In the robot bowl, put about 500 gr of flour. (you don't have to be accurate)
- Add 3 eggs. Break them in a small bowl before adding them in the robot, to make sure they are OK.
- Meanwhile, put 1/2 liter of half-skimmed milk into a second bowl
- Add 1/2 liter of water to get one liter of liquid
- Start the robot for about 10 seconds, just to quickly mix the flour and the eggs.
- Add about half of the liquid
- Turn the robot on and let him alone for a couple of minutes.
Step 3: Dough Preparation (II)
- Add three more eggs, some oil (about 5 tablespoons) and a pinch of salt
- Cut the robot and add the remaining flour (empty the bag)
- Add gradually the remaining liquid.
- Keep the robot on until you get a smooth result.
The dough is liquid. If you think that the dough is too slurry, add some milk. Here we are for the recipe, the dough is ready ! This is ONE recipe of course... Some people doesn't use water (I prefer, because the waffles are "lighter"). Some people use baking powder also... and they can add sugar. My tip is : never use sugar !! My waffle molds are in raw cast iron, without any non-stick coating. Adding sugar will be a nightmare because the sugar will melt into caramel and the waffle will stick into the mold !!!
Step 4: The Cooking Machine
Ok, here is the machine. Gas powered (bottle under it).
I have two mold that can rotate freely and translate in a drawer. When the "drawer" is on the back, the mold is heating (just above the gas flame). When pushed in front of the machine, you can rotate and open it.
Step 5: Baking
Ok, time to work !!
- With a silicone brush, add some oil inside the mold, on every sides, to prevent the waffles from sticking. (I usually do this every time). If your machine is different (electrical one...) maybe you don't have to do this, and the mold may have a non-stick coating. Mine don't have...!
- Get a dipper, and fill completely the inferior mold.
- Close the mold, flip-it down, wait a couple of seconds, and push it back on the gas flames.
- Flip sometimes the mold. Try to bake the two sides the same amount of time. (But as the mold is made of heavy cast iron, he will keep the heat so it's not very important to have the same amount of time for each sides.).
Don't open the mold at mid-baking ! You will break the waffle in two !
The mold will lightly open. Check the edge color of the waffle. White : not ready. Once it starts becoming brown, lightly open the mold to check the color of the waffle. the waffle should unstick correctly from one side of the mold. Use a fork to remove the waffle. If the color is too white, keep it in the mold again.
Step 6: Eating !!
Ok, to eat them, I recommend:
- home made jam,
- chocolate spread ("Nutella"),
- icing sugar,
I really love these waffles... They are big, tasty, crunchy, and you can put anything you want on it. (Even salt things). For the fair, my "record" is 14 kg of flour used for the dough in one day.
Maybe you will not have the machine at home (I don't have it...). But it will work the same way with classical electrical machines !
Thanks for reading !