Friday, November 03, 2006

Ricotta Waffles

Joining Sara, to co-host this edition of Weekend Cookbook Challenge is Mary from The Sour Dough - the theme this month is Neglected Gadgets.

I hate to say this but that title goes to a gift that I received one Christmas from my sister (sorry!). It's not that it doesn't do it's job, it's just that it's all a bit too fussy. The gadget in question is a Waffle Maker.

waffle maker© by haalo


The first problem was actually finding it! Once located the next challenge was finding a waffle recipe. I seem to recall that one of my main problems with the waffle maker was actually trying to get the waffles to come out all even and perfect, like you'd see on the cover of it's manual. I don't know, it didn't matter how I tried doing it, batter would just seem to leech out over the sides - and if it didn't do that then bits would be missing from the waffle edges making it all uneven. If you're a tiny bit of a perfectionist then this machine is your torture device.

Now with a few more years cooking knowledge under my belt I've decided to approach it via another type of waffle recipe. This is from the Family Circle book Pancakes, Pikelets, Crepes and Waffles.

It's a really simple mix of flour, sugar, eggs and ricotta - I really liked the idea of using ricotta. Unlike other recipes I didn't need to whipping butter or having it sit overnight. A simple 30 minute rest and it was ready to use. I must admit, the waffles didn't turn out half bad, if I do say so myself.

ricotta waffles© by haalo


Ricotta Waffles
[Makes 6]

185 grams self-raising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
30 grams melted butter
125 grams fresh ricotta
1 cup milk

Sift the flour and sugar into a bowl.

Break the eggs into a jug, adding the milk, ricotta and melted butter. Whisk together until combined then pour into the dry ingredients. Continue whisking until the mixture is amalgamated - it will be slightly lumpy due to the ricotta, this is fine. Resist the urge to whisk until smooth.

Let this sit a half hour before using.

Heat up the waffle maker - brush the plates with butter, then pour in 1/2 cup of waffle batter. Smooth it out so it reaches the edges and is roughly level.
Close and cook.

When done, place on wire racks (if you want to eat them later) or keep them warm in the oven while you cook the remaining mixture.

ricotta waffles© by haalo


After this experience I think I might just be using that waffle maker a little more frequently - it's very hard to resist a stack of waffles when they look like this

ricotta waffles© by haalo

18 comments:

  1. Now, who could resist a stack of waffles like this? I would love serve them hot with red bean aka azuki filling. Yummy!

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  2. I think that stack of waffles is worthy of a cookbook cover!

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  3. That looks heavenly! Beautiful photos :)

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  4. Haalo,

    I just adore your waffles!

    BTW, thanks for the Potato, Tomato & Pea Curry recipe. I tried it out and liked it a lot!

    WP

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  5. Pics are very nice...I really love your blog. Thanks.

    And I also tried your butter chicken, its very delicious...Thanks once again.

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  6. Sounds delish Jacelyn!

    Thanks Brilynn, that's very lovely of you to say.

    Thanks Robyn!

    Thanks WP - excellent, so glad you enjoyed the curry!

    Thanks Nidhi - it's great to know that the butter chicken was a success :)

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  7. Haalo, what a beautiful stack of waffles!

    It makes me wanna buy a machine... ;D

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  8. Thanks Patricia - it's given me a reason to make more waffles now!

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  9. What a beautiful golden stack of waffles...mmmm, I think I'll have to go out for breakfast tomorrow so I can have some waffles!

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  10. Thanks Ellie - waffles would be a good start for cup day!

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  13. Beautiful waffles! I have that waffle iron, too, and while it's cute, it is quite difficult to master.

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  14. that is a sexy stack of waffles! they look like the omnipresent waffles in norway.

    how does the ricotta affect the taste and texture?

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  15. Thanks Juliet - I had a lot of problems when i tried using a regular batter but these ricotta ones were perfect from the first.

    Thanks Danielle - the ricotta tends to stabilise them and gave them a bit more body. They are a bit richer in mouth feel.

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  16. yum yum yum!!!!!!lovely waffles there

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  17. Just made a double batch - delicious!!! I used light ricotta as I had a tub that needed using up before it went bad.

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