When you browse through the menu of any cafes or restaurants that serve brunch, you will certainly find a grid-patterned pancake-like item being included; it could be sweet or savoury. You’re correct! That’s WAFFLE!
Although waffle is normally regarded as an American breakfast or brunch, the history of waffle could actually be traced back to the medieval Europe. Story has it that a medieval knight, dressed in his armour, returned home after a hard day. He accidentally sat on a flatbread, and resulted in a grid pattern on the bread. The grid pattern we see on waffles today is believed to be associated with a medieval blacksmith who designed and forged cooking irons in the 1200s. Food, as always, has interesting stories and history, hasn’t it?
In the ancient days of Europe, you can tell whether a person is rich or poor just by looking at the waffles he/she makes. The poor made waffles using pretty much flour and water. Sounds pretty tasteless, right? On the other hand, the affluent would enrich the batter with eggs, milk and honey, to make a scrumptious treat.
Today, we have countless varieties and flavours of waffles. If I were to compare to those days, waffles I am having now would probably be regarded as a royal privilege. Instead of a plain waffle, I made a “double” chocolate waffle. “Double” because of the addition of cocoa powder, as well as dark chocolate chips to the waffle batter. On top of that, I served with fresh fruits and my homemade matcha ice cream.
Yum yum 😋 ~~
If you have never made a waffle before at home, may I encourage you to try this recipe and make yourself a beautiful waffle breakfast? Enjoy!
Watch this video on how to make chocolate waffle at home:
Ingredients: (yield: 2 – 3 servings)
- Egg 1 no. (55g)
- Milk 150g
- Cream 30g
- Brown sugar 40g
- Plain flour 130g
- Cocoa powder 20g
- Baking powder 3/4 tsp
- Baking soda 1/4 tsp
- Cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp
- Melted butter 30g
- Dark chocolate chip 80g
- In a mixing bowl, mix together egg, milk, cream and sugar.
- Sift all dry ingredients: plain flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder together.
- Add the dry ingredients to egg mixture, and whisk to combine.
- Mix in melted butter, followed by dark chocolate chip.
- Turn on the waffle iron and preheat for about 5 minutes, depending on the manufacturer instruction of waffle iron you use.
- Ladle waffle batter into waffle iron.
- Put the iron lid on, and let it cook for about 3 – 4 minutes until golden and crisp.
- Serve immediately, with matcha ice cream.