Waffles from Mixes

Waffles from Mixes

by Lora Brody
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Homemade waffles are a delicious, satisfying way to start the school day. They can be simple to make, too, using store-bought cake or muffin mix.

Corn, bran and blueberry muffin mixes are not as sweet as cake mixes. Waffles made from muffin mixes will be a cross between coffee cake and the cap of a muffin--the crusty lid that's so desirable, cookware stores now sell shallow muffin tins for tops-only muffins.

To turn the muffin mix into a waffle mix, follow the package directions but add an extra 1/3 to 1/2 cup of milk or water. The batter should flow slowly, like a thick pancake batter.

For a 16-ounce box of muffin mix, add an extra 1/2 cup of liquid; for a 12- to 14-ounce box, add an extra 1/3 cup; and for a 20-ounce box, add just under 3/4 cup.

You may have to add more liquid if there are nuts, blueberries or diced apples in the mix. Add an egg and oil if the package instructions give you theOne thing before you start: Are you sure you remember how to use your waffle iron?

Whether you are new to the appliance or are dusting off one that's been in the back of the cabinet for years, here are some reminders:

• New waffle makers should be wiped down with a damp cloth. A sealant on the grids will smoke the first time the new machine is used, so discard the first few waffles you make on it.

• If you already own a machine but haven't used it for a while, moisten three layers of paper towels, close them inside the heated waffle iron and remove them as soon as the steam stops.

• Always apply a light coat of nonstick vegetable spray to the grids before applying the batter.

• I use only a 1/4-cup measure of batter when making a waffle because it spreads once the lid is closed. You'll have to experiment with the amount of batter you use and how runny you make it.

• A waffle is done when the steam has stopped escaping from the sides of the machine. Use a fork to lift a corner. If the bottom is not yet crisp and golden brown, close the cover.

• Remember that waffles made with fats such as butter, oil and eggs will be crisper and will brown more than waffles without these ingredients.

• Waffles containing chocolate or cocoa also tend to burn faster, so take care not to overcook them.

• When the waffle is done, slide a metal spatula under the waffle and remove it from the appliance.

• If you plan to eat them right away, preheat the oven to 225 degrees and place waffles in an ovenproof serving dish on the center rack until you are ready to eat them.option for waffles that are crisp, golden and easy to remove from the iron.

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