So I thought I would stick with a “breakfast theme” for the remainder of my posts this week. I love breakfast food…I could eat it in the morning, for lunch, or for dinner. I especially love the Belgian-style waffles you get at diners and buffets. As a matter of fact, last Spring, Hubby and I took a ride to Atlantic City and ended up staying over at a hotel. We hit up their breakfast buffet and they had the waffle maker and waffle mix to make your own Belgian waffles….holy moly…these were THE best waffles ever!! I loved them so much that when we got home I did a little research to find out what kind of mix the hotel chain used and found out it was Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour. I then immediately ordered three huge cans of it from Amazon and Hubby bought us a nice big waffle maker.
When I whipped up these waffles…I was happy to find out they tasted the same as I remembered. Although I’ve read numerous reviews talking about adding other ingredients to make it better…in my opinion, the best way to make them is to follow the recipe on the can. They come out light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. They have such a great flavor…mmmmmm….sorry I was daydreaming about biting into them.
So anyway, if you are looking for a great restaurant-style waffle then I would highly recommend splurging on Carbon’s. It is a bit pricier than the $2 waffle mix you can find in the grocery store but it is well worth the extra few dollars. I’ve never seen it sold in stores, but if you do an internet search you can definitely find a bunch of sites that sell it. I went with Amazon because they had a pretty good deal and I liked the fact that you could get it in bulk (3 large cans) so you don’t have to order it every other week. Carbon’s offers a large variety of its pancake and waffle flour including gluten-free, natural, and organic varieties, as well as a “just add water” version.
As for our waffle maker…this has been a good purchase as well. It makes great waffles and although it is a little bit on the bigger side it is not as large and bulky as some of the other waffle irons out there. I love that it flips over for even cooking and has a temperature control with a good range (0-10).
One last thought…like I said, the best way to use the Carbon’s flour is to make it following the recipe on the back of the can, but you can definitely get creative by adding all kinds of different things to the waffles, such as fruits (blueberries, apples, bananas, raspberries, etc.) or chocolate chips or nuts. I’ve tried pretty much all of these and they all tasted great.
Oh and don’t worry…..I have a “Slimmed Down” version of these waffles, which I’ll be sharing soon! So even if you are watching what you eat you don’t have to give up this awesome waffle mix! Be sure to check back for this lower fat option.
Carbon’s Golden Malted Waffles (Makes 3 small-medium waffles or 2 ½ large Belgian size waffles)
(Source: Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour Canister)
1 cup Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour
5 oz. water
2 tbsp. melted butter (or 2 tbsp. vegetable oil)
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Pour mixture into waffle maker and cook per manufacturer’s instructions.