This week, we are making wood fired waffles, perfect fodder for any mealtime. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, every meal time possibility is covered.
Today we are using a round waffle iron, in theory these make pre portioned waffles which you can tear or cut into quarters. However, being round they could and should be used like a soft taco shell, stuffed with all manner of things straight from the fire. Today we are making breakfast waffles and will be pairing them up with crispy back bacon, along with a touch of chilli jam for us bigger kids (or any sauce of your choice).
The waffle recipe uses a touch of honey from the beehives here on the Priory Farm estate, just a stone’s throw from the barn. Adding a little sweetness and that all important caramelised crust. Baking powder adds the perfect fluffiness and rise from the batter as soon as it hits the hot iron.
It’s important to have a sturdy pair of fire gloves to hand as the waffle iron gets really hot and is a little tricky to turn without them. If your heat source is only on one side of your fire pit you will need to rotate the iron half way through cooking to make sure the waffle iron gets an even amount of heat.
Don’t just limit your waffle to the usual suspects: how about fried chicken and winter veggie slaw, roast squash and chorizo, ham and soft boiled eggs or smoked salmon, watercress and cream cheese for savoury waffles. Why not get creative with dessert waffles, wait until the waffles have cooled and stuff them with ice cream and a fistful of sprinkles? Or, straight from the fire with roast bananas and a little dark chocolate, fresh fruit and toffee sauce or roast chunks of apple with an oat crumble top?
150g self raising flour
Large pinch baking powder
1 tbsp honey
1 large egg
Knob of butter, melted
Before we start making our feast, we need to light a fire and let it burn down to a good bed of embers. Rake the embers out, leaving a little fire burning in the back third of your fire pit, so that we can generate more embers to cook over throughout the cooking process.
Next we need to grab a bowl and whisk together the honey, egg and milk. Whisk until everything is incorporated.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour and stir well to make a batter. Pour the batter into a large jug to make life a little easier when you cook the waffles.
Place the waffle iron over the embers and allow to heat up slowly.
Once hot, brush the inside of the waffle iron with butter, pour the batter into one half of the iron until it’s almost full to the edge. Close the waffle iron and flip.
Cook for a few minutes and flip again. Rotate the pan whilst the waffles cook so that they absorb an even amount of heat from the fire.
Check the waffles, once golden on both sides, remove from the waffle iron and repeat until the batter is all used up.
Once cooked place onto a plate and wrap in foil to keep warm by the fire.
Take each waffle and gently fold in half like a taco shell, stuff with rashers of bacon straight from the skillet and your favourite sauce.
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It’s important to have a sturdy pair of fire gloves to hand, as the waffle iron gets really hot and is a little tricky to turn without them.
If your heat source is only on one side of your fire pit, you will need to rotate the iron half way through cooking to make sure the waffle iron gets an even amount of heat.
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