Although they look different, waffles and pancakes are basically made of similar ingredients, says Chef Erica Barrett of the pancake and waffle mix brand SoCu Kitchen.
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"The cooking method is different, but the mixes are basically the same." That's why you can easily dream up Belgian waffles with a dry pancake mix from the grocery store.
All you have to do is adjust some of the amounts of the ingredients (and maybe add an extra ingredient or two). Most pancake mixes provide directions on the side of the box for using the product to make Belgian waffles, but if yours doesn't, you can follow these general guidelines.
Making waffle batter instead of pancake batter does require a different method, so you'll need to make a few alterations to the prep process, Barrett says. "For example, most people double the amount of melted butter and sugar to achieve that golden brown color," she says.
Things You'll Need
2 cups dry pancake mix
1 1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
Margarine spray or liquid butter
Step 1: Heat the Waffle Iron
Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to heat up while you prepare the batter.
Step 2: Prepare the Mix
In a large mixing bowl, prepare the batter with 2 cups of pancake mix, 1 egg and 1 ¼ cup milk. Note that this is different from the 2 eggs and 1 cup milk per 2 cups of mix you would use if you were preparing pancake batter.
The trick is to reduce the egg amount by half and increase the milk by 25 percent, Barrett says. "It sounds specific, but I promise, it works," she says.
Finish off the batter by stirring in a small amount of melted butter (about 1 to 2 tablespoons, depending on taste).
Step 3: Grease the Iron
When the waffle iron is hot, spray it with margarine spray or liquid butter, Barrett says. This will give your waffles that golden brown color and will prevent them from sticking to the iron.
Step 4: Pour Batter Into the Iron and Cook
Scoop the batter into the waffle iron with large spoonfuls and close the iron. Allow the waffles to cook for about 5 minutes or until they have a golden-brown color.
Step 5: Set Aside Unused Batter for Another Day
If you love homemade waffles but don't like the busywork of preparing the batter, you can make a big batch and set it aside. Pancake or waffle batter will hold up for a day, according to Barrett.
Although uneaten waffles can be frozen and heated up another day, they won't taste as good, so Barrett doesn't recommend doing so. But if you do decide to freeze them, she encourages putting them in quality resealable bags and removing as much air from the bag as possible before freezing. Store them for no longer than 3 months, she says.