It all started with this pan my aunt gave me… it looked like a pan used to make japanese takoyaki balls. She said she had never used it, so I wasn’t sure what I would do with it at first. But then I remembered seeing pancake puffs (or something) at Denny’s… I think… they sounded neat.
And that’s how the waffle puff (or ball) was born. I guess this can arguably be a pancake puff too, but I used a waffle recipe… so waffle puffs they are!
A few tweaks: didn’t make the sauce in the original Chocolate Waffle Recipe, and I added chocolate chips and nutella to the puffs. Pretty tasty.
This made about 20 puffs or so.
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 eggs
- 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
- handful of chocolate chips
1) Combine all dry ingredients together, then add wet ingredients. Mix until incorporated.
2) Coat pan with non-stick spray or oil and preheat. Once heated, fill each hole with enough batter to just reach the top (not too much, you don’t want it to explode)
3) If you are gonna fill the puff with something, do it now before flipping. Wait about 30 seconds, then flip each puff about 90 degrees. Repeat until golden brown on all sides.
These instructions probably don’t make much sense, so here’s a video that demonstrates it really well.
Verdict: Waffle puffs are here to stay. I think I like these better than pancakes or waffles. They taste the same as waffles, they are easy to eat, and you can shove stuff inside.
I found that when I actually tried to fill the puff with nutella before flipping, it just ended up cooking on the outside of the puff, rather than getting shoved inside the middle. It kind of caramelized the nutella and made it crunchy like candy on the outside. Gotta figure out how to keep it inside though. The chocolate chips were easier though, just added those directly to the batter.
*Updated – My aunt actually suggested to inject the cooked puffs with filling rather than before. Sounds like a tasty idea, will try it and let ya’ll know how it goes!
These were good – you cannot go wrong with chocolate. They were almost like doughnut holes, but not deep-fried.
Thanks for the pan Auntie Liz!