Friday, 13 January 2012

Jamie's griddle waffles

I'm rather sad to report on the first Jamie recipe I've encountered that has fallen short of expectations. I tried out his new genius-looking idea for making waffles in a griddle plan this afternoon and everything went fine until I had to flip the waffle to cook the underside and:


it was more or less impossible. The recipe also calls for 2.5 tablespoons of baking powder, which is all very well but it doesn't half make your waffle taste like baking powder (not good).

By all means give them a crack if you fancy it, though. You may be more dextrous than me at the old flipping - it wouldn't take much.

Jamie's Griddle Waffles

2 eggs
300ml milk
100g butter, melted
2.5 tablespoons baking powder
225g self-raising flour
1/4 tsp salt

1 Whisk the eggs and the milk together, then add the salt and the baking powder. Sieve in the flour (this is important because otherwise you will get lumps) and whisk to combine. Then dribble in the butter in stages and stir in. Rest for 30 mins (yes you must do this).

2 Get your griddle pan very hot and melt over a large knob of butter. Pour in the batter - you might have to spread it around a bit because the batter is quite thick - then turn the heat down to medium and cook for 8-10 minutes. Flip it over (yeah, right) and then cook the other side for another 8 mins.

Full details are here

37 comments:

  1. Those are some very sad looking waffles. Perhaps needs to be a spot where we can post photos of sad food. I've got a stash of photos of sunken souffles and dropped ice cream cones (also very sad).

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  2. 2 1/2tbs? That can't be right!

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    1. Yeah, odd but true.......... and absolutely disgusting!!

      I tried this all excited because this was right up my street.
      I was soooo disappointed beacuase I really wanted it to work but it was vile............. the hot chocolate sauce works well though. Great for other things or even two heaped dessert spoons in a mug with milk then microwaved makes a cracking hot chocolate. Just add more mixture to make it thicker for use as a sauce

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    2. tsp... teaspoon

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    3. I did it today, I taped the show and there must have been a typo in the recipe you have, it's 2 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Anyway we loved it and it worked perfectly.

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  3. those tablespoon measurements must be a print error!... why would you need to much baking powder... does not make sense... although I would still eat them from the pan like that if I could... Happy New Year x

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    1. Nope, he even said to add this much on the programme.
      Dont do it though, it was disgusting.

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  4. 2.5tbs but that goes against everything Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood say!

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  5. I think it must be teaspoons...and even then it is excessive, especially as you have eggs in there too.

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  6. I agree with gz...probably a typo and should be teaspoons. Send Jamie and e-mail and tell him to come and explain the flipping issue!

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  7. This person had similar(ish) issues.

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  8. Agree on the typo front. Have a suggestion for the sticking issue, Wilton do a cake release liquid/creamy thing which is amazing. I brush on a thin layer (you only need a wee bit) on everything that I think will stick. Perhaps try again with teaspoons of baking powder and try a cake release product on the pan before you add the butter?

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  9. On the show, he used a non stick griddle pan BUT he never mentioned this, it was one of the Jamie Oliver for Tefal ones...obvious because of the Tefal Hot Spot.

    I'm glad you've tried it because I was going to and have a cast iron pan which I suspsected would stick.

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  10. May I just clarify? The problem is not that the waffle sticks to the pan. The problem is that you cannot flip it without it snapping under its own weight.

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  11. My other half managed to flip it but he needn't have bothered - it was very disappointing

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  12. Just a thought, if you are instructed to use self raising flour, why add any baking powder at all? Seems insane to me. So sorry that you had that disaster, don't let it get you down though.

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  13. Well it works with tea rather than tablespoons, but it's nothing special. rather like a very thick, ribby pancake. I haven't the heart to make it with tbsp's to compare: apart from anything else, unless you were to add about 4 tsps of acid (e.g. lemon juice) I don't believe there would be anything in the mixture to activate the additional baking powder.
    The problem with attempting to toss something in a griddle (apart from needing arms like a scaffolder's knee-wrencher) is the fact that on a griddle the ridges normally run from side-to-side when you're holding the handle, and tossing the contents requires you to move it away from you, so obviously the contents tend to be held in place by the ridges. I have an aluminium/teflon griddle so it was *just* possible to get it to move, but far easier with a fish slice, and ultimately not worth the effort.
    One thumb down to Jamie, however his Christmas Cookies were just FABULOUS. The hit of the season round here; 4 batches vanished without trace!

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  14. Thanks for the warning, this recipe is exactly the sort of thing I would try and then fall into a funk over because it failed.

    PS, love the blog.

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  15. Hi Esther, just going back to your Jamie Oliver waffles and the probs with turning them over...was talking about it to my dental hygenist in a sort of muffled way and she has cracked it! She dug out her George Foreman grill from the back of a cupboard, dusted it off and pre-heated it....propped the front up onto a chopping board to level the grill, spead the paste onto the grill thickly with a pallet knife, gently lowered the lid and 10 mins later hey presto! Fab waffles! Her little son deleriously happy! Next time she is going to make half a pint of choc though...right, off to look for my grill! x

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  16. I've made this recipe and I actually really liked it! I'm sorry you had a bit of a disaster. I added chocolate chips to the batter and it was great!

    As for the flipping, I used a non-stick pan too and two flippers to do the almighty flip!

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  17. Works great in a waffle maker - I used teaspoons. Thanks for putting recipe up, as its gone from the Channel 4 site.

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  18. On the programme where he made it, he said 2 1/2 table spoons too, so not a typo. I watched it yesterday on 4od and was writing down some recipes from it.

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  19. Its definitely table spoons as I watched the programme. For flipping, I slide it out onto a board, put the griddle pan over it and then flip between the board and the pan.

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  20. If I make this, I'm leaving the baking powder out altogether.

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  21. On the show he did mention that it would be easier to make them individuality to start off with

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  22. Saw the show the other day on AussieTV Jamie did say tablespoons of baking powder. Perhaps he's trying to do away with the Aussie market? He did say it was delicious though. Perhaps he doesn't have any tastebuds left or has built up a resistance to baking powder?

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  23. Just tried the recipe as per the show. Too much soda made the waffles taste horrible. Ended up having to use croissants instead. The chocolate sauce did not thicken but great taste. Croissants plus maple syrup plus choc sauce were excellent

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  24. I hunted down this recipe after watching it on OZ TV too and came across this site thanks for the heads up you've saved me some pain there, will try it with small batches and GForeman grill a brilliant idea..!!

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  25. Just seen this on 4od. He's says tablespoons whilst using a teaspoon to put the baking powder in.

    To clarify recipe:

    2 free range eggs
    300ml milk
    100g butter, melted
    2.5 teaspoons baking powder
    225g self-raising flour
    pinch salt
    maple syrup to drizzle

    Easy, tastes yum! Just make smaller blobs instead of one big one if you're worried about not being able to slip the whole thing.

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  26. It's the butter for us that makes it very salty!

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  27. Yep, that's the recipe we used and we made them smaller as cooking on an open fire and hob are two different issues. The baking powder adds an extra lift making the waffles really fluffy. They turned out yummy. Thumbs down to the script editor. Thumbs up to Jamie.

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  28. I did this and they were great. Put in only a pinch of baking powder and when it came to turning I was a little worried as it didn't look solid in the middle. As I was indoors I popped them under the grill and cooked the middle a bit. Then they flipped perfectly. I love them and will def do them again.

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  29. I slid it out onto a plate, then put the pan on top of the waffles and flipped it over. No need to bash it about trying to flip it in the pan!

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  30. i cut the baking powder down to 2.5 tsp. i didnt use a waffle pan. i used a deep non-stick pan and sprayed it with cooking oil. when i had to flip i put another deep pan on top and flipped into the new pan. worked perfectly! kids love this recipe!

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    1. We use a toasted sandwich maker..........works well, no flipping needed and a favourite with our family!

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  31. I have just spent so frickin long grating sodding dark chocolate and waiting for my butter to cool only to be left with a salty brick and some phlegm-textured mousse. I thought two tablespoons sounded a lot. I don't know who's the bigger muppet, me or Oliver.

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  32. Tried baking mine, so didn't need to flip it. Tasted fine, but couldn't get over how much butter it contained, especially after buttering the pan.

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