Sandwich makers are unarguably one of the most versatile kitchen accessories these days. You can use them to make a lot of delicious goodies other than sandwiches, like toast and pancakes.
Due to such reasons, they have gradually become a necessity in many households. This is why many people wonder whether a sandwich maker can make waffles too.
Yes, making waffles in a sandwich maker is possible. You won’t get the same shape, but everything else will pretty much be the same!
Keep on reading the article to learn how to make waffles using a sandwich maker.
How to make waffles in a sandwich maker
Making waffles in a sandwich maker is easy. Firstly, you need to combine all the ingredients to make the usual waffle batter. Next, follow all these steps:
- Take a large-sized bowl and mix the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt) in it. Make sure to sift all of them before adding.
- Form a small hole in the center of the dry ingredients.
- Take your eggs, and separate the yolks and the whites.
- Beat together the egg yolks with the milk and the melted butter.
- Then, take the yolk mixture and add it to the dry ingredients. Fold them together carefully using a spatula.
Tip: Be sure not to overmix the mixture, or else the waffles will become chewy and hard. This is because gluten forms when you overmix, so it is okay if your mixture has a few lumps.
- Now take your beater and beat the egg whites. Beat them until stiff peaks form. If you do not have access to an electric beater, just use a normal whisk. Though this will take around 5 to 6 minutes of continuous beating.
Tip: To be sure that the result is the right consistency, just flip your bowl. Check whether the mixture falls or not, if not then you are good to go! This ensures that your waffles are light and soft from the inside.
- Meanwhile, turn on your sandwich maker so it can preheat. A red light will turn on when it starts to preheat.
- Now gently fold your egg whites into the rest of the mixture. Remember to do this calmly else you will kill all of the air bubbles in the mixture. This will make the waffles hard.
- When the red light turns off and the green light turns on, it means that the sandwich maker is ready. Now, spread some oil or butter on the sandwich maker to prevent sticking and to make the waffles even crispier!
- Add your mixture to the sandwich maker and close the lid.
- After 9 to 10 minutes, open up the sandwich maker to check up on the waffles. If they are golden brown on the outside, take them out. Else, just wait an extra minute until they are done.
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Tips for making waffles in a sandwich maker
Here are some useful tips for making the perfect waffles in a sandwich maker.
The right temperature
It is suggested that you use the same temperature for your sandwich maker as you do for your waffle iron. Many people suggest 375°F, so give it a shot. If you set the temperature too high though, (above 400°F), it will cook faster but will burn on the outside. You wouldn’t want to eat burnt food, here’s why.
Amount of time taken
Usually, a waffle iron takes about 5 minutes to cook a waffle. On the other hand, a sandwich maker takes 10 minutes to cook one waffle. This is because sandwich-maker waffles are usually thicker, so it takes longer for them to cook.
Obviously, these waffles won’t have the traditional waffle shape with holes on their surface. Instead, they will look like toasted bread. Other than this, the taste and texture turn out exactly the same.
Problems you can face while making waffles in a sandwich maker
The process of making waffles in a sandwich maker is not as hassle-free as making them in a waffle iron.
As sandwich makers are not specifically made for waffles, you may not get them right the first time. They may become too soggy from the outside, or even uncooked. Learn what can happen if you eat raw dough!
Moreover, If your sandwich maker isn’t preheated properly, your waffles will not get crispy from the outside. This means that on your first try, the temperature and the timing may need to be adjusted.
However, if your waffles do come out soggy, or not crispy from the outside, there is a solution for you. Just heat a skillet pan, and cook your waffles on them for 30 seconds on each side. This will cook any uncooked batter inside, and make it crispy.
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Many companies nowadays offer sandwich makers that can easily make waffles in their original shape. These products come with two interchangeable plates, one for sandwiches and one for waffles.
However, if you don’t own one of these two-in-one appliances then you can also make waffles in your handy sandwich maker. You might run into a few problems when first making them, but you will get the hang of it in a few tries!