Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waffle Iron Waffles

It is finally starting to cool down around here and this weekend we spent a lot of time around our backyard fire pit.  Sunday morning the children got excited about the idea of making waffles on our Rome Waffle Iron and Melissa made up a batch of homemade waffle mix while I prepped the fire.

A few people on Instagram and Facebook asked for our waffle batter recipe, and even though it's a little different each time depending on what's on hand, here's the basic list of ingredients and recipe to try. 

Mix the following dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

1 3/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Sprinkle To Taste Apple or Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix the following ingredients into a second bowl.
2 Eggs
2 Cups Buttermilk
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Butter Nut Flavor

After the ingredients of both bowls have been mixed, add the wet ingredients to the large mixing bowl.  Stir and mix together until moist or until all lumps are gone.  Now the batter is ready for the Waffle Iron.

A few notes on using the Rome Waffle Iron...
  • If this is the first time you're using the Waffle Iron then be sure to prep the cast iron as directed in the instructions.  Even then expect to lose the first couple waffle to imperfections or sticking a bit on both sides.  The cast iron is still in the seasoning phase and getting right.  Be patient.
  • I used a couple shots of spray oil on both sides before pouring the batter into the Waffle Iron and by the third waffle made, they were coming out of the Waffle Iron pretty easily.
  • Cast iron works best if it's hot but not to hot that it will just burn whatever you are trying to cook.  A grate over the fire is a good way to control how much heat your Waffle Iron gets and you can move it over or away from the coals as needed.
  • It's a good idea to have an old pair of leather work gloves around for handling the Waffle Iron and keeping yourself from getting burnt while you're making waffles.
  • Realize that by the time you get the fire right and then start making waffles that this is easily going to turn into a couple hour process to make a stack of waffles for breakfast.  This is slow cooking at some of it's finest.  Enjoy it but know you're making brunch and not breakfast unless you get started really early.
What are some of your favorite campfire foods?


DJ said...

'Hobo pies' in the pie irons by the same company. It's basically whatever hot sandwich you can dream up baked in a fire, then some pie filling between two pieces of bread for desert. Been eating them as long as I can remember and every generation in my family has their own cherished set of perfectly seasoned irons.

Cameron Mortenson said...

DJ...I'm a big fan of the "Hobo Pies" too. Grew up having them on camping trips and doing the same with our children on our camping trips. A great and tasty tradition.

Gabe Langley said...

Dutch oven blackberry cobbler mmmm