Are you aware of what happens when in your kitchen appears a waffle maker? No? I am here to tell you it is not good. Really. The first thing you will do, you take any old google recipe and immediately try it out. You will be disappointed, because the waffles turn out disgusting, they taste like a piece of rubber. Then you try again, and again, and again. Now you are devastated and you want to throw that stupid waffle maker out of your sight. Then approximately in a month, when you have calmed down, you become obsessed with an idea of finding a perfect recipe. This is war.
A little bit dramatic and exaggerated? Yes. But it is a true story. And I just had to vent my feelings.
Five waffle recipes in a week. Six waffle breakfasts in a week. And I don't wanna have another piece of waffle on my plate for the next month, again! But my efforts are rewarded. I won the war. I found that very one recipe! And I'm happy about it even though I can not look at waffles any more. Joking.
Truth to be told, I had all that troubles, since I wanted to make whole grain waffles and in most cases the first google recipe that requires all purpose flour will work just fine (
but not perfect!) However, the more healthy variations didn't work at all. Every time the batter was too thick, or waffles came out too hard, or too moist, or they were just burned. Funny not so funny. I tried different kinds of flour in different ratios, I experimented with different amount of liquid, I tried to separate whites and yolks, to use only whites, to use mashed bananas. And to be honest I can't remember everything I've been doing to poor waffles. But this one I find to be the best recipe. The waffles are fluffy and airy inside and a little bit crunchy on the outside, just as I wanted them to be!
And about that ganache. Oh, I am sorry, not like that. This ganache deserves a little bit more attention. 'Cause it is mind-blowing, heavenly tasting chocolate ganache flavoured with coffee and cardamom! It's genius.
I am genius!? And it just meant to be on that damn waffle!
WHOLE GRAIN WAFFLES
with Coffee & Cardamom Ganache
makes 6 square waffles (3 servings)
Note. You can substitute whole wheat and/or oat flour for all purpose flour in any ratio. Or just use 160 g all purpose flour instead.
80 g whole wheat flour
80 g oat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
200 ml milk of your choice
10 g fructose or sugar or sweetener of your choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp vegetable oil
coffee & cardamom ganache
60 g dark chocolate
30 ml espresso or freshly brewed coffee
30 ml milk
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
To make the waffles
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk the rest ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix until completely smooth. Preheat your waffle maker and cook according to the instructions until golden brown.
To make ganache
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl. Heat the milk together with cardamom, but do not bring to a boil. Pour hot espresso and heated milk over the chocolate and leave for a few minutes to melt. Then stir with a spoon until completely smooth. Serve immediately. If ganache have thickened, microwave it for 30 seconds or reheat over the double boiler.