With soft apple pieces in every bite, it is hard to stop at just one of these Apple Waffles. Sweetened only with fruit they are perfect for serving as a snack, at breakfast or popping in the lunchbox.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time spent on this post from Aussie Apples, but as always my thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.
There are some kitchen gadgets that I go through spells of using regularly but then they get put into a cupboard and forgotten about for months.
My waffle maker is one of those gadgets. Every time I take it out I wonder why I don’t use it more, after all, it does all the hard work for you. Just pour in the batter, close the machine and let it do the rest. So much easier than making pancakes, which I tend to make more often.
Recently I published a recipe for Apple Pancakes and it got me thinking that making a waffle version would be delicious and I wasn’t wrong! They taste amazing fresh out of the waffle maker but also taste great cold. My kids love seeing them in their lunchbox!
What Apples Work Best and How to Prepare Them
This recipe starts with preparing the apples for the waffles. At the recipe development stage, I tried adding
- grated apple,
- raw apple chunks
- sautéed apple pieces.
The sautéed apple, by far, produced the best result. Delicious soft apple pieces in every bite.
You can use your favourite apple variety in this recipe. I personally like to use a combination of sweet and tart apples. Pink Lady and Granny Smith work perfectly.
To prepare the apples, core and then cube roughly into 0.5cm pieces. There is no need to peel them, the peel softens nicely and adds a nutritional boost. A lot of the antioxidants and other good stuff is in the skin, so don’t let them go to waste.
To ensure delicious and fluffy apple waffles,
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another bowl. Pour the wet into the dry and..
- Just Barely Mix. You should still see some small and medium-sized lumps in the batter. Add the apples and raisins and stir until just combined.
As you can see from the picture above, the waffle batter is pretty thick and is packed with apple pieces.
There is a good bit of butter in this recipe, fat in waffle batters result in a softer texture. I have used butter as I like the flavour profile with the apples but you can easily substitute the butter with oil if you prefer.
The raisins are included for sweetness, leave them out if you prefer.
I used a combination of 50% plain and 50% wholemeal flour. You can alter the ratios to suit your family’s taste.
Storing Apple Waffles
One of the great things about waffles is that they store very well in the freezer —great for busy mornings, snacking or for popping into the lunchbox.
Allow the waffles to come to room temperature before placing on a baking tray, so they are close together but not touching. Pop in the freezer until frozen, around 30 mins, then transfer to a freezable container.
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- ADD INS
- 2 Large / 3 Small Apples, chopped into small chunks (roughly 0.5cm)
- 2 tbsp (28g) Butter
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 40 g Sultanas
- 60g (1/2 cup) Plain Flour
- 60g (1/2 cup) Wholemeal Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 250 ml (1 cup) Milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbsp (28g) Butter, melted
- 1 large Apple, chopped into chunks
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add 2 tbsp of butter. Allow to melt and add the chopped apple and cinnamon. Reduce the heat, and sauté until soft (around 3 mins). Remove from the heat.
- Place the sultanas in a small bowl and soak with boiling water.
- Pre-heat your waffle machine.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredient to the dry and stir. Be careful not to over mix, some lumps are fine.
- Drain the sultanas and add to the waffle batter along with the sautéed apples. Stir until just combined.
- Spray or lightly brush your waffle machine with oil on both sides. Scoop 1/3 of the mixture into the centre of your waffle machine. Close and cook until the light indicates it is ready (this may vary depending on brand of waffle machine, cook to manufacturer instructions).
- Transfer to a cooling rack and repeat until mixture is finished.
- Serve with remaining apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon