Sunday, September 6, 2009

GLUTEN FREE WAFFLES, BUT NOT FOR BREAKFAST!



Well, OK, maybe for breakfast, too. But waffles are perfect in so many other situations that it's a crime to confine them to morning meals. They saved my life when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease. I hated (or hated spending money on) storebought breads and my initial efforts at breadmaking resulted in excellent building materials. But I COULD make waffles successfully, so I did. And that led to my using them for more than what I'd grown up on. I'm happy to share these my new ways with waffles.


First, a basic recipe:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2c nonfat milk
2 eggs, separated
2T oil
Mix yolks, oil and milk.
In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar.
Add yolk mix to flour mix.
Beat egg whites till soft peaks form.
Very gently fold egg whites into other ingredients.
Follow waffle maker instructions for amount to use for waffles.

Freeze unused waffles for future use.

Now, exactly why have you been buying waffles when they're so easy to make?


Second, minor adjustments to the basic, sweet:

Add chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, walnuts, currants.

Add blueberries , chopped pecans.

Third, minor adjustments to the basic, savory:

Add grated cheddar and cayenne, great with bean salad.
Add grated parmesan, oregano, basil, garlic, with mozzarella tomato salad.
Add crushed cumin, powdered coriander, ginger, with curried tempeh salad.

Fourth, further beyond maple syrup and butter:

WBLT: BLT on waffles
WTLT: waffle tomato lettuce and tempeh (barbecued, faux bacon style) sandwich
Grilled cheese on waffles.
Fried egg and cheese on waffles.
Cube savory waffles for salad croutons.
Slice into sticks, toast in oven, use for dips.
Shortcake: stacked waffles with whipped cream or sweetened yogurt, berries.
Caramel crunch: plain or nut waffles with caramel sauce, whipped cream, nuts.


And this is just the beginning of all the waffling you can do!

6 comments:

Shelley said...

this recipe sounds wonderful. I have been meaning to make waffles since I became Gf, but have yet to buy a waffle maker. This just makes my reason to buy one more important.

G.F.Veg said...

i think i have the cheapest waffle maker around. it's got a nonstick coating and i spray it anyway and it works fine. i might have paid 20 dollars for it a few years ago--i wouldn't invest in anything fancy!

Karen said...

I haven't had waffles in such a long time and they're one of my favorite foods! I need to figure out how to make a yummy GF version so I can finally have them again. What about crepes, how do I make those GF?

G.F.Veg said...

i haven't made any myself, but apart from looking for an existing gluten-free version, i would start with your favorite crepe recipe and first just substitute an all-purpose gluten free flour like bob's red mill. if the crepe is heavier than usual, i would reduce the amt of all-purpose flour and substitute with a lighter one, like white rice flour.

Flitryss said...

About an hour ago as we were making the grocery list, I said to my honey "Why don't you get a waffle maker instead of the GF waffles we keep buying. I saw a cheap one at Target." He agreed (my waffle habit was getting out of hand). We have yet to make any GF breads so waffles will get us through until we do! Thanks so much for posting this!

G.F.Veg said...

flitrss--
it hit me once when i was leaving trader joe's (whose waffles i love)---this just doesn't make sense...i know what you mean!

thanks for writing!