The waffle iron's always in the shop...Hello reader! We hope you’ve abandoned your New Year’s resolutions for a healthy diet by now so that you can fully enjoy our Pokémon recipes 😉 This week we’re bringing you a bit of a specialist recipe in that you’ll need a waffle iron for it; we’re making Sandshrew & Sandslash waffles! We thought the pattern of Sandshrew’s skin/hide/whateveryoucallit looks a bit like a waffle, and since Bakémon Master Siobhán recently acquired a waffle iron we decided to roll with that idea and evolve the Sandshrew waffles to Sandslash waffles by piping in chocolate ganache spikes. Yum. If you don’t have a waffle iron we suppose you could buy waffles in the shop but they definitely won’t be as nice! It doesn’t take too long anyway, and is a bit like making pancakes so it’s relatively simple. Makes both an indulgent breakfast or an ideal dessert.

Waffles away!

Yield:Poised & ready to waffle

  • 10 waffles
  • ~ 1 regularly sized jar of ganache

Equipment:

  • 1 medium, 1 large bowl
  • balloon whisk
  • ladle/jug
  • waffle iron
  • chocolate melting bowl
  • saucepan

Ingredients:

For the waffles:

  • 250 g (2 cups, 9 oz) flour (all purpose/cream flour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 170 g (3/4 cup, 6 oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 ml (1 1/2 cups) warm milk
  • 80 g (1/3 cup, 3 oz) butter (melted)

For the ganache:

  • 200g (7 oz) dark chocolate (70%)
  • 150ml (2/3 cup)  double cream

Instructions:

If you make the waffles first, they’ll be gone cold by the time the ganache is ready, so make the ganache first. Also, I (Siobhán) make ganache the wrong way, but it always turns out fine.

For the ganache:Ganache!

Easy way:

  1. Break the chocolate into medium sized chunks and put it in your chocolate melting bowl.
  2. Pour the cream in on top of the chocolate.
  3. Heat the chocolate and cream over a saucepan of simmering water, as if you were just melting chocolate.
  4. Stir until all the chocolate has melted and the cream and chocolate are fully combined.
  5. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

“Proper” way:

  1. Break the chocolate into very small pieces and put it in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Heat the cream up to boiling point.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces.
  4. Stir like crazy til all the chocolate melts and the cream and chocolate are fully combined.
  5. Leave to cool.
We forgot to take a picture of the waffle iron. Here is a picture of waffle batter instead

We forgot to take a picture of the waffle iron. Here is a picture of waffle batter instead

For the waffles:

  1. Pre-heat your waffle iron to your desired setting.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the large bowl, and mix in the salt and sugar.
  3. In the medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the balloon whisk.
  4. Whisk in the warm milk and butter.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix well.
  6. When the waffle iron is ready, pour as much batter as your waffle iron requires onto the waffle iron plates and bake your waffles.
  7. When sufficiently browned for your taste, enjoy your waffles!

To evolve your Sandshrew waffles into Sandslashes:

  1. Fill a sandwich bag/disposable icing bag with chocolate ganache and snip off the tip of the bag.
  2. Pipe chocolate spikes into each waffle hole.
  3. Devour the chocolatey-waffley goodness.

Om nom nom! Hope you enjoyed the delicious waffles, I (Nicole) am really craving waffles again now…hmm…

See you next week!

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