The lovely people at SAGE ( the same people as my slow cooker which I am constantly raving about) asked me to have some fun with their latest waffle grill and sent one through for us to have a go on making some fabulous waffles.
If you’ve ever been afraid of waffles, maybe you thought they’d be really difficult to prepare, well let me tell you they are not. In fact they are incredibly easy to prepare and the SAGE Waffle maker does the rest.
We started with good old plain waffles served with ice cream and they went down a treat with the whole family.
Then we got a bit adventurous and I decided I wanted to try an Italo American fusion dish. I came up with Strudel waffles, that is plain waffles with a strudel topping served with custard or fresh cream, mmm. They were good!
Apple Strudel waffle recipe
6 apples peeled and cored cut into tiny pieces
a generous handful of raisins and sultanas (I used some dried cranberries I had in the cupboard with raisins)
a handful of pine nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
4 biscuits crushed
1 knob of butter
Combine all of the ingredients and cook over a low heat until the apples are soft. Or place in the microwave and cover with clingfilm, piercing the top with a couple of air holes and microwave for a couple of minutes until the apples are soft.
Cook the waffles in your SAGE waffle maker and break along the lines into quarters. Place one quarter on the plate, add some strudel topping and cover with a second quarter. Serve with custard or fresh cream.
Feeling victorious with my Strudel Waffles I wondered if it would be possible to flavour the waffle mixture? And then I thought of Tiramisu, my favourite Italian dessert (well apart from Panna Cotta).
So I flavoured my waffle mixture with Camp coffee essence and served it with a mascarpone topping and some fresh fruit. A sprinkling of cocoa powder and there you have it a Tirami Waffle, the coffee flavoured waffle.
Of course this opens up endless waffling avenues of which I am becoming quite fond of. Bailey’s Waffles, Orange and cranberry waffles and of course savoury waffles like Colcannon waffles and Rosti waffles but that’s another post. In the meantime have a go at Tirami Waffles and let me know what you think.
TiramiWAFFLE – coffee flavoured waffle
- 300g self raising flour
- 55g sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 400 ml milk
- 30 ml Camp coffee essence
- 3 eggs
- 125g butter melted and cooled slightly
- Mascarpone topping
- 250g mascarpone
- 50g sugar
- Fresh fruit
- Cocoa powder
- Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Whisk the milk, eggs, coffee essence in a second bowl.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in the milk mixture and the melted butter and whisk until combined well. Don't over mix the batter and for best results leave to rest before cooking.
- Make your waffles as per instructions of your waffle maker.
- Cut the waffles along the lines into quarters, place one quarter on the plate and top with a generous portion of mascarpone. Add a second quarter on top and cover with some fresh fruit. Sprinkle with cacao and serve
Disclosure: I was sent the Smart Grill Pro for the purpose of this post
Watch the No-Mess Waffle Maker™ in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xw-JdG5N3M
The Smart Grill Pro™ RRPs at £99.95 and is available from John Lewis, Amazon and Sage Appliances online.