These cheddar waffles are perfectly crisp, meltingly tender, and just the right balance of sweet and savory. They are great for any time of day.
Crispy Cheddar Waffles
What is the mysterious element of flavor that makes food taste savory? It’s umami. Umami is the Japanese word for the fifth taste (after sweet, salty, sour, and bitter). Foods with umami pack a deep and satisfying taste sensation.
How can you add umami flavor to your cooking? Use umami-rich ingredients like aged cheese, soy sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, and caramelized onions to make food taste better than ever. New cookbook Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor shows you how to do it with a collection of 75 recipes filled with secret savory power.
Try these sweet and savory cheddar cheese waffles for a sample of the magic of umami. They’re both crispy and tender, thanks to a couple of secret ingredients. If you enjoy these waffles, pick up Umami Bomb by Raquel Pelzel at your favorite bookseller to enjoy more umami-themed recipes.
Crispy Cheddar Waffles
These cheddar waffles are perfectly crisp, meltingly tender, and just the right balance of sweet and savory. They are great for any time of day!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sweet rice flour see Note
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 large eggs separated
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, plus cold butter for serving (optional)
- 3 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese grated on the medium-hole side of a box grater (about 1 cup)
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Warm maple syrup for serving
Whisk the flour, rice flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Set a sheet pan in the oven and preheat it to 250°F.
Whisk the buttermilk, egg yolks, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. In a separate medium bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment), beat the egg whites with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar until the whites hold stiff peaks.
Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, pour in the melted butter, add the cheese, and stir to combine. Use a whisk or rubber spatula to fold in the egg whites.
Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then add enough batter to fill the waffle mold about two-thirds of the way to the edge. Close the waffle maker and cook until the waffle is browned and crisp. Transfer the waffle to the sheet pan, cover with a kitchen towel, and keep warm in the oven while you make the rest of the waffles. Serve immediately with more butter (if you likand warm maple syrup.
Sweet rice flour is ground short-grain sweet rice. It’s available in most health food stores and online. Bob’s Red Mill brand was used for this recipe.
Recipe and photos excerpted from Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode With Flavor by Raquel Pelzel (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2019. Photographs by Kate Sears.
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