I bet you didn’t know that you can use a pancake mix to make easy waffles. Or maybe you did but I bet you didn’t know that you can cook waffles even without the waffle maker. Yup, you can, (and you don’t even need an oven to make one (even if this is an oven waffles version, read on below to use your stovetop. )
Waffles are one thing I didn’t even have a memory of as a kid. I vaguely remember hotcakes -in the 80s you call them hotcakes and not Pancakes because that’s the label of the Maya Hotcake which was the definitive hotcake makers then. A Maya Hotcake is always hidden deep within the recesses of our collective memory. But waffles, no. I think I got my first taste of one because my kids are always pestering me to buy one for them whenever we pass by the Belgian Waffles store. You can’t imagine how their eyes lights up whenever they have one.
So dahil madiskarteng nanay ito, I figured out a way to make them without buying the waffle maker. I actually want one and they’re quite cheap at Lazada too. I’m eyeing the Tough Mama 3 in 1 sandwich maker but I’m avoiding buying too many kitchen appliances. I have a very small kitchen and I don’t know where I will be able to chuck this waffle maker if I ever buy one.
Moving forward with the story, I got a silicone waffle molder that you can put in the oven or stovetop. Aren’t I smart? 😉
Fluffy Waffle versus Crispy Waffle
So when I first cooked the waffles using a pancake mix, my daughter said “But mom, these are fluffy like pancakes. I want a crispy waffle.” And I was back to the drawing board. I asked Chef Heart from The Maya Kitchen and she said that the secret to crispy pancakes is to add 2 TBSP to 1/4 cup of cornstarch to the mix. According to more research, adding more oil also helps the waffles to become more chewy and soft inside.
Pancake Mix versus Waffle Mix
If you have a chance, which one do you use? According to the foodsguy,com, “Unlike their waffle counterpart, pancakes are lighter and fluffier. Waffles tend to be heavier overall because they are made to be thicker while pancakes are made to be light and fluffy.” So there you go. I think for now I’ll stick to the pancake mix because they’re easier to access. You know me. I’m all about easy.
This one hit the spot and is now a permanent rotation for the kids breakfast. These oven waffles specially great for weekends! As you might know, I’m a big fan of Maya so I used the Maya Pancake Mix but please feel free to use others. I can’t promise they’ll taste as awesome though.