Want to make perfect waffles using your favorite extra-virgin olive oil?
You definitely can. Let us show you how to make the perfect waffles with EVOO!
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Do you just love using olive oil to cook and bake with?
Do you like to substitute it for other fats like butter in your recipes?
Also do you like waffles?
If you are answering yes to these questions, then keep on reading and we will show you how and why you would want to use olive oil for making waffles.
❓ Why Olive Oil?
When it comes to making waffles, the fat that is normally used is a combo of milk (or buttermilk) and butter.
But certainly you can use oil. In fact there are advantages to using oil. Let me show you.
Both of these waffles have the same ingredients in them. The only difference is that the one on the left is made with olive oil while the one on the right is made with butter. The olive oil waffles came off the hot waffle iron golden brown. They are crispier than the butter ones.
Vegan waffle recipes tend to call for a milk alternative and an oil, often coconut is favored. If you need to make a vegan waffle, than olive oil would work as well. However you have to keep in mind that coconut oil is solid at room temperature while olive oil is a liquid. This will make a difference.
You could use another oil instead of olive like canola oil, vegetable oil, grape seed oil, etc. My preference is to use olive oil for what I can.
🧇 Waffle Making Tip #1 - Keep your waffle irons simple. There are a lot of cool looking ones that make fun shapes but they don't always cook the waffles well and are slow. Also if have a small space or are going camping try the Dash Mini Waffle Maker. We love it in our camper.
👅 How Does it Taste?
I was wondering how the flavor of the olive oil would effect the waffles. Could you taste the olive oil?
No, really. I was able to very faintly and probably only because I was looking for it. If you want to use olive oil for flavor, you may end up disappointed.
You can try a flavored olive oil to see if that adds more in the way of flavor. Might I suggest looking for these flavored olive oils:
- Blood Orange Olive Oil
- Dark Chocolate Olive Oil
- Vanilla Bean Olive Oil
- Lemon Olive Oil
You can find these in some stores or if you have a local olive oil shop in your community, they usually have a lot of offers and you might be able to sample them.
You can try replacing olive oil in the recipe you already have or you could give our easy recipe.
Here is what you will need from the store to make the olive oil waffle batter.
- All Purpose Flour
- Corn Starch
- Large egg
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Kosher salt
- Olive Oil
- Buttermilk (or whole milk)
- Spices (optional)
- Vanilla extract (optional)
Mixing some corn starch into the batter will help them crisp up more. The ratio is 3 flour to 1 corn starch. If you don't have it, just go with all flour. You can substitute whole wheat flour or buckwheat flour for the all-purpose if you want.
🧇 Waffle Making Tip #2 - If you want fluffy waffles, you can separate your egg(s). Beat the whites with a hand mixer and then gently stir them into the batter before you make the waffles.
📆 Make Ahead
Do you have a lot of busy mornings where making waffles is only luxury? There are some things you do can do ahead of time to make them easier. This involves getting set up before you go to bed.
Measure out all your dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, so then when breakfast time comes, you don't have spend time getting out and putting away all your ingredients.
You also could try our overnight method for waffle making. It involves using yeast and allow the dough to slowly rise in the fridge overnight. Then all you need to do in the morning is cook your waffles.
🧇 Waffle Making Tip #3 - If you are cooking a double or triple batch and want to keep them warm, the best thing to do is put a baking sheet in the oven and turn it onto it's lowest setting. Place the waffles in there in a single layer until you are done cooking. Or you could even put them directly on the rack, if you don't think they will fall through.
🕊️ More Olive Oil Posts
Here is more info on olive oil:
- Cooking - Olive Oil vs. Vegetable Oil
- Using Olive Oil Instead of Butter for a Roux
- Spray Olive Oil on Popcorn
- Does the U.S. Make Olive Oil
Olive Oil Waffles
- In a large bow mix together flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a 2 cup measuring cup, add 1 cup of buttermilk. Then stir in the egg, sugar, and oil. Mix well to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the large bowl of dry ingredients. Mix together just until the batter comes together. Allow 5-10 minutes for the batter to sit before making your waffles.
- Set your waffle iron to it's high setting. Grease the waffle iron with some oil before adding your waffles. You may need to add more if your waffles start sticking.
- Scoop ½ cup of the batter onto the iron if you are using a regular sized iron. If you are using a mini waffle maker, then do ¼ cup at a time.
- Once the waffles are brown, remove them. Keep going until batter is all used up.
- You can keep your waffles in a warm oven set to it's lowest setting so that the waffles don't get cold while you finish the batch.
- We like to add spices to our waffles. I would recommend ½ tsp of cinnamon and then use ¼ tsp of freshly grated nutmeg. Ground ginger would be good as well.
- The corn starch will make for a crispier waffle, but if you are out of it, you can use all flour.
- If you have a mini waffle maker you should be able to get between 6-8 waffles.