There was some gift giving holiday that occurred at some point in the past where Lauren decided to buy me a present. I think it was my birthday. Was it my birthday? Yeah…I think it was my birthday. Whatever. You don’t care. The point, is that Lauren got me a present. And this present was a cookbook. Not just your run of the mill cookbook. It was a cookbook all about waffles. The book is called “Will It Waffle?” by Daniel Shumski. This book is front to back recipes all utilizing the waffle maker. However, it’s not just waffle recipes. It’s all about using the waffle maker for things you wouldn’t think of using it for. There’s a chapter for breakfast and brunch with recipes for things like waffled bacon and eggs, waffled chocolate French toast, and even waffled sausage. The book then goes on to main courses (Waffled grilled cheese!! Waffled grilled cheese!), snacks (waffled chicken tenders, and waffled kale) and finally dessert. The dessert section is where I spent the day dabbling. I want to try just about everything in this book, but I decided to start with something I thought would be simple. “Thought” being the most important word in that sentence. So, today we are talking about s’moreffles. Or waffled s’mores if you don’t like fun word combinations. This recipe starts with a graham cracker waffle base. Then you just add typical s’more ingredients.
So, apparently there are different types of waffle makers. Standard, Belgian and whatever other kind is out there. Who knew. Not me. I think the only difference is the shape. So, for the sake of this post I am just going to talk in shapes. Because I know shapes. The book used a square waffle iron for this recipe. So the waffles came out in an actual square s’more shape. I, however, own a circle waffle maker. So each waffle section was a triangle. This bothered me a lot at first. I wanted perfect little squares so they looked like s’mores. But, I worked with what I had and guess what, they taste the same no matter what shape they are. You could have a poo shaped waffle iron and they would still taste the same as square waffles.
First things first, you’re going to want to heat up your iron. The next step is very important. So don’t forget it. YOU NEED TO SPRAY THE IRON WITH COOKING SPRAY. For real. Lesson learned when I was younger staying at a hotel while on vacation. I skipped down to the hotel breakfast area to make some delicious waffles. I poured the batter. I waited for it to cook. I opened the iron. But, I forgot to spray the iron before I poured the batter. Long story short, the waffle iron was ruined for the day. It was covered in burnt waffle skin. There was no saving it. I tried to scrape it off. I tried so hard. Alas, it wasn’t working. So, I shut the iron, took my waffle, and walked back to my room. Ashamed of what I had just done. If looks could kill, I would have been dead at the hands of the hotel kitchen staff. No waffles for Gretchen Wieners. No waffles for anyone. Except me. Moral of the story, spray the iron. Always spray the iron.
In a mixing bowl, combine ½ cup of white whole wheat flour and ½ a cup of all-purpose flour. I just used all all purpose flour. I didn’t have whole wheat flour. Most people probably don’t have whole wheat flour. All-purpose flour worked just fine. To the flour add ¼ cup of firmly packed brown sugar. Light or dark. Doesn’t matter. Then add a pinch of cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and ¼ cup of honey. LIFE SAVING TIP- before you measure out the honey, spray your measuring cup with cooking spray. It will make it sooooooo much easier because the honey will slide right out and won’t leave a sticky mess. Whisk all that good stuff together and then add it to the dry ingredients. Stir it all until a dough forms. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes. The dough is going to be very thick and more like a cookie dough rather than a typical waffle batter. After 5 minutes, measure about ¼ cup of the dough and place it on a quarter of the waffle iron. Easiest way is to just use your hands to press it into the iron. You’re going to want to spread it out so it covers the whole section of the iron. Close the lid and let the waffle cook for about 3 minutes.
Once they’re done take them out and let them cool. They are going to be very delicate and soft at first. So be gentle. The recipe in the book says it makes 4 s’mores. So 8 waffles. However, I only got 6 waffles. Or 3 sandwiches. So keep that in mind if you want more than 3. Once all your waffles are made it is time to assemble! The book makes this step a little complicated. It says to put marshmallows on one waffle and chocolate chips on another and let them melt slightly. However, the waffles were cooled off by the time I got to this point, so there was no melting happening. Then, it said to put the waffles back on the iron and shut the lid to let the marshmallows and chocolate melt. This also did not work. That would make a mess. Marshmallows and chocolate everywhere. So this is where I improvised. I just used the toaster oven. I put the marshmallows and chocolate on and put them in the toaster for about a minute. Once the marshmallows were a little melty I took them out and squished the 2 waffles together. Ta-da! S’more. Worked like a charm.
Then I decided to improvise some more. Instead of using just marshmallows I used marshmallow fluff. I spread some marshmallow fluff on the waffle first, and then put marshmallows on top. It worked better this way because the fluff gave the marshmallows something to stick to so they didn’t go everywhere. On the chocolate side I used Nutella and peanut butter! On one s’more I spread Nutella under the chocolate chips, and on another I used peanut butter.
I lost one s’more sandwich tragically to the toaster oven. I put it in and then got distracted to my cat being a cute little stinker. Story of my life. Next thing I knew there was smoke coming out of the toaster. Burnt. It was completely burnt. But, I got some quality time with my cat. So some might say it was worth it. Oh well, I threw it out and paid more close attention to the toaster from then on. One eye on the cat, one eye on the toaster. Multi-tasking.
All in all I would say these s’moreffles were a success! They tasted really good and were just the right amount of gooey and extremely messy. They really are quite messy. There’s gonna be sticky marshmallow everywhere. But that’s half the fun! You could customize these in so many different ways which is something I really enjoy. They would probably be really good with some fruit in them. Like strawberries. OOOOOH, strawberry and Nutella s’moreffles. Alright. Make those. Those sound good.
*These are best if eaten immediately after making. If left out they get very hard. However, if you put them in the microwave for a few seconds, they will get soft and gooey again.
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