Waffle iron cooking and baking fascinates me. I have watched countless videos where people use their waffle iron to bake & cook. I could watch 500 more: it is so fun to see food in waffle form! I have a very happy association with waffles: my Mom made the best square waffles and my Dad had a Belgian waffle maker for lazy weekends. Now I love the idea of cooking in a waffle maker because it cooks foods quicker than the oven. Of all the crazy “can you waffle it” experiments I watched, I decided to try out three that I could potentially see myself making regularly and I was hoping the mess would be minimal. I had tremendous success with waffle iron cheese quesadillas, chocolate cake, and Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. The only big warning I have is for the quesadillas: only add about 1 oz. of shredded cheese inside your tortillas. Any more cheese and any liquid sauce will just spill out the sides of your waffle iron.
Once my food is waffled, I use a pizza cutter to separate the four sections. The cheese quesadillas get crisp on them that I have never been able to achieve in a frying pan or in the oven. The cinnamon rolls are dense and thick–I love the texture difference. A little crunch on a cinnamon roll is fantastic and I imagine it would be easier to share Pillsbury cinnamon rolls with your young children in waffle form. There are no pulling them apart or awkward shapes. The flatter, denser cinnamon rolls would be perfect for toddlers! Surprisingly the chocolate cake turned out light and fluffy. It is easy to eat and has a delicate result that I don’t usually associate with cake. Most recipes on the web use the whole box of cake mix. I could not do that because there are only two of us here and I did not want to waste the cake–so I divided up my ingredients to make 3 portions of 4 waffles/servings from one box of cake mix. Waffle iron cooking is easy and quick but please be mindful of how hot the waffle maker gets! Even on the lowest setting, it can burn badly.
For all of the recipes you need to let your waffle iron heat up per your instructions and you need to either brush some vegetable oil on the top & bottom of the waffle iron or spray with a non-stick spray for each waffle. My waffle iron is a Cuisinart and it has 5 heat settings (#1-#5.) It gets pretty hot even on the lowest setting.
Waffle Iron Cooking
Waffle Iron Cheese Quesadillas (leave any sauces for dipping, not inside:) #3 Setting
- 2 tortillas
- 1 oz shredded cheese (I used pepper jack and smoked mozzarella)
Set down one tortilla on the bottom of the waffle iron, add your shredded cheese–focusing on the center because anything too close to the edges will spill out as it cooks, and then set your other tortilla on top of the cheese. Close the lid and cook for 4 minutes. Remove with a spatula (be careful not to bump the top of your hand on the top of the waffle iron) and cut with a pizza cutter into 4 sections. Serve with salsa, ranch, or tomato sauce.
I mix together tomato sauce, garlic powder, chili garlic sauce, and a little black pepper for my dipping sauce.
Waffle Iron Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (add the icing after the rolls are done baking:) #3 Setting
- 1 roll of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (regular sized) with icing
Place four rolls in the center of the waffle iron. Close the lid and bake for 3-4 minutes. Each tube will have 8 cinnamon rolls or 2 giant cinnamon roll waffles. Even though these appear smaller than a cinnamon roll that has risen in the oven, they fill you up! Use the icing provided in the tube and spread evenly.
Chocolate Cake Waffles: #2 Setting
I bought one box of cake mix (Duncan Hines Classic Devil’s Food) and divided it into 3 portions. One portion of cake mix will make 4 cake waffles.
- 1/3 of the dry cake mix (for me this was around 145 g)
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup water
Mix the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until the cake mix is fully incorporated. I divided my prepared cake mix into four equal servings which came out to 65 g/serving for me. Pour one serving onto the center of the waffle iron and slightly spread it out. Close the iron and bake for 2 minutes. I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of my cake waffles. They are very light and delicate and frosting seemed too heavy but I’m sure some ice cream on top would be wonderful!
Using the waffle iron to bake/cook is fun for everyone! We really enjoyed all of these recipes!! Clean up is super quick, there is a minimal mess and you have a finished, delicious product in minutes! You can experiment with different flavors of cheese or cake mix–I have been loving using the waffle iron so much and it has not left my counter in weeks. I make a cheese quesadilla for lunch regularly. Have you tried cooking in your waffle iron? I am apt to try an omelet next!