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I promise, it can be done! I don’t own a waffle iron, but I always want waffles! Quite the dilemma… Until now! You can get the crispy ridges of a waffle without a waffle maker, all you need is your favorite waffle batter and a griddle/grill pan. Super simple! Now, these aren’t going to taste EXACTLY like waffles from a waffle maker, obviously, but they will definitely hit the spot.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or just use all all-purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons raw sugar (or substitute granulated white sugar)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups buttermillk or plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon apple cider or white vinegar
Coconut, grapeseed, canola, or clarified butter, for cooking.
Preheat your grill pan on medium heat. Prepare a wire cooling rack on the side.
Whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, kosher salt, and sugar. In a separate container (I just do it right in my measuring cup for ease!) whisk together the eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, and vinegar. Pour the wet into the dry and stir gently until fully combined and no dry spots remain (you will have some lumps; that’s good.)
Brush your grill pan with the oil, and ladle half a cup of batter into the center. Lower heat to low. Let cook 3-4 minutes until crisp, then gently use a spatula to life and flip (see method as described in the post above). Cook an additional 3 minutes, then remove and let cool on a wire rack. Repeat with rest of batter.
Preheat your grill and brush with a flavorless oil.
Pour 1/2 cup of batter into your preheated pan, lower the heat and cook on low for 3-4 minutes. This part is key and is what helps it develop those crispy ridges.
Flip your waffle when the edges dry and the bottom is golden and crispy. The easiest way to flip them is to bring your spatula in front of the side so that its edge is parallel to the ridges in the grill pan. Bring it under the edge, lift, and slowly work the spatula under the entire waffle.
Flip your waffle and press down slightly so that the other side gets some ridge action too. Let this side cook for 2-4 minutes before moving it to a wire rack. The wire rack is the key to it staying crispy.
You work too hard for your money to throw it all away on full price when you don't have to!