Forget pancakes, we are ALL about the waffles in this house. Yes, the American-style pancake has always been a staple but since we got our whizzy waffle machine no one asks for them anymore. Instead, the following recipe can be made in minutes and the gadget does all the work, cooking batches of four in minutes, perfect for Pancake Day.
And I'm happy to report that this vegan recipe is a winner, producing delicious dairy-free, egg-free waffles that are fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside.
Need a waffle maker? After a bit of searching and review-reading, we spent twenty quid on this one (Amazon's highest rated/cheapest/quickest delivery) and have no complaints at all. It's lasted a month of almost daily use so far...
And here's what we're making.
Vegan waffles with warm blueberry and maple syrup compote
For the waffles (makes 12):
3 cups plain flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups non-dairy milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the blueberry and maple syrup compote:
2 tbsp maple syrup
Cooking spray (we use coconut oil)
1. Plug in your waffle maker and preheat. If you have the one mentioned above, turn the dial to three o'clock.
2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
3. Squeeze the orange into a jug and add the milk, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk together well. You're looking for a single cream consistency.
5. When the preheat light goes off, spray your waffle iron with oil, and then pour over a third of the waffle mixture.
6. Close the lid and clamp down. I sometimes weigh ours down with a couple of heavy jars just to be sure.
7. While the waffles are cooking, put a small saucepan over a medium heat on the hob. Tip in the blueberries and maple syrup. You don't need any more liquid as the berries will burst and make a sauce of their own. Cook until bubbling and jammy.
8. Carefully check how the waffles are doing. Ours usually take about five minutes to cook although this will depend on your appliance. Don't make the mistake of yanking open the lid as this can split waffles if they aren't yet cooked or if the iron wasn't adequately oiled.
9. When the waffles are golden brown, carefully remove and divide between plates. Repeat two more times for the remaining 2/3 mixture.
10. Pour over the blueberry and maple syrup compote.
These really are the best! But like I said, if you prefer pancakes you can get my tried and tested recipe for American-style pancakes here (which can be easily veganised using Orgran No-egg replacer).
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