Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Easy Crispy Fluffy Pandan Waffles

I grew up eating pandan waffles...

Whether you live in Hougang, Clementi, Yishun, Joo Chiat, Tampines or any heartland neighbourhoods in Singapore, there are always humble down to earth bakery shops somewhere near your home that sell freshly made pandan waffles. These waffles are usually prominently made at the front entrance of the shops... so that smell of cooking pandan will lure to buy at least a waffle or two!

Living in Australia means I have been saying sayonara (meaning Goodbye in Japanese) to pandan waffles for ages!!! Why? ... because every time when I come back to Singapore for holidays, I'm constantly overwhelmed with too many good food and always fail to find enough stomach space to enjoy these energy loaded pandan waffles.

I'm not going to say sayonara pandan waffles forever...

Here, making my own waffles at my Melbourne home means that I can say... Hello, you yummy pandan waffles!


pandan coconut milk waffles
Pandan Crispy Waffles

Prior making these waffles, I have done some research and compared many waffles recipes. And I saw an important similarity in most waffle recipes...

It is kind of obvious that any batter that is made with high water content can't make crispy waffles! Yup... water is crispy waffle's enemy and fat is crispy waffle's friend!

As you know that fat can be our friend and also enemy and so depending on your perspective, you might want to make your waffle differently.

If you are a person who is after convenience like me who like to mix and cook your pandan waffles very quickly, this is the recipe that uses minimal water and will never fail your expectation!


For this recipe, the use of minimal water means that we have to use regular coconut milk with minimal water content and so do not use reduced fat coconut milk or substitute the coconut milk with water, milk or even pandan juice!

Regular vs light coconut milk
For an ultimate taste and crispness, I would strongly recommend the use of the regular coconut milk.
Why? I can't deny the fact that the lesser water make more flavoursome waffles!

Another thing I want to raise about coconut milk... Remember I said at my Kueh Bangkit post before that the water and fat content of coconut milk from different coconut can often vary dramatically. For this reason, I was "attacked" pretty badly for using canned coconut cream for my baking... All because it can produce consistent result?

Yes that I have to agree that the canned coconut milk is not as fresh, fragrant and natural as the freshly squeezed ones but I like to strongly stand by my point here that it is the ultimate consistency that I'm after. So please pardon me being extremely blunt here... If you wish to cook or bake something that produce inconsistent results because the ingredient that you used can be always different, by all means please go ahead!

Instead of coconut oil, I have used melted butter and it is fantastic too!

Sorry that there is NO fresh pandan juice today!
To minimise the amount of water in these waffles, I have to use pandan paste.
This recipe is very easy... as all I have to do is mix.
Nice pandan smell!
I was enjoying the smell while watching the batter is bubbling in the hot waffle iron.
Can't wait to chomp these waffles... LOL!
Crispy on its outside.
Soft, moist and fluffy at its inside.

This recipe that I used originates from Noob Cook which suggests the use of coconut oil for an ultimate coconut flavours but I reckon the use of regular coconut milk with minimal water content and butter can produce very yummy coconut-y waffles too.

If you are health conscious and like to use less coconut milk and less butter to make your pandan waffles, there are two recipes at Food.com (originated from House of Annie) and Cuisine Paradise that you can try. However, both of these recipes need whipping of egg whites to stiff peaks as it is an essential step to make waffles with slightly lower fat content a little more fluffier. Hence, this recipe will cause a little extra inconvenience.

Another advantage is you can use fresh pandan juice if you are using the recipe from Cuisine Paradise. Having said that, I can't really say which recipe makes the best pandan waffles as this is the only pandan waffle recipe that I have tried so far. And you know... so far so good, no complains at this moment as we are loving these waffles.

Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from Noob Cook

Makes five 9 x 9 cm square waffles
(A) Dry ingredients
125g unbleached all-purpose flour
50g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

(B) Wet ingredients
1 large egg (50g without the shell)
1/4 tsp pandan paste
200ml coconut milk, preferably the regular canned ones with minimal water content
60g unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly to room temperature

cooking oil spray to grease

Combine all the ingredients in A in a bowl.

Using a whisk, combine all the ingredients in B in another large mixing bowl. Sift ingredients A into ingredients B and whisk until the batter is just smooth. Do not over mix.

Preheat waffle iron to its lowest heat setting.

Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Caution: If you are cooking waffles on your stove, please do not spray cooking oil into direct fire!

Pour adequate waffle batter (about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup) onto hot waffle iron. Cook until both sides are lightly golden brown.

Enjoy!

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27 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! They sound really good and look so nice! :)

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  2. Zoe, pandan waffles are my favourite too, and I like crispy waffles, whenever buy at the stores, I will get them to "bake" longer lol.

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  3. Zoe, I have not ever had pandan waffles. I am very sure that they are GOOD! How could pandan and coconut not be good, right? hee..hee...

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  4. The pandan waffles look so good!

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  5. I've never tasted pandan waffles...they look yummy!!!
    xox

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  6. Never had pandan waffles. I don't get out much, I know. ;-) This looks terrific -- thanks so much.

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  7. Eh, kam ngam, I also had waffles this week, but not home-made.. It's from the packet, Gardenia.. They are selling waffles at RM1.50 or RM2.50 per pack.. 2 pieces inside, original taste.. I eat with honey and butter.. My kids love it plain.. I don't have a waffle maker, else, I will make my own too :)

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  8. Hi Zoe, I love and miss the pandan waffles from prima deli! But I'm still not convinced on getting a waffle griddle... I don't think I'll use them very often, so I guess I'll make pandan pancakes instead xD I'm also using the same pandan extract as you, it's impossible to grab hold of pandan leaves here! And just to let you know, your kueh bangkit recipe link isn't working ;)

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    1. Thanks Jasline! I have fixed the link now :)

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  9. I love waffles, Zoe and yours look amazing! :D

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  10. Thank you for the info on Coconut Milk. Is there such thing as Organic Coconut Cream/Milk? It grows with such a 'thick' coverings, so I am not so concerned with being Organic or not, but it's during the Canning what been added is a concern. Thanks, again.

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    1. Hi Bee,

      Yes that there is organic coconut milk / cream / oil selling in the market. In order to make sure that the organic food that you purchase is truly grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals, I would strongly suggest you to check the authenticity of its organic certification.

      Nevertheless, I don't think you should be concern about the canning process of all food. Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food contents are sterilized with high temperature and sealed in an airtight container. Although the smell, taste and nutritional content might deteriorated after a long period of storage, the food is perfectly safe to consumed. In the case of canned coconut milk, I have noticed there is even no artificial chemical added (including that I have used to cook the food in my blog). To ensure that, I would strongly suggest you to check the contents of the canned coconut milk before you made any purchases.

      Cheers!

      Zoe

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  11. Best evarr recipe, i tried to make it now cos i have all the ingredients at home. Crispy outside,soft inside the pandan waffles is so fluffy which i love it to the max!! I wish that i could show you the picture of my waffle and I'm enjoying every bite of it! Thanks for sharing ur recipe ����.

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    1. Thanks Wanronlyd! Happy to hear that you like this recipe!

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  12. Sounds great! I hope I can find pandan paste soon. I have never been to Singapore and I heard great things about it form friends whom lived there for three years.

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  13. Cant wait to try out!Can i replace coconut cream with dairy full cream milk? If yes, do i use equal amount?tq

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    1. Hi,

      The amount of fat in regular coconut milk and full cream milk is NOT the same which means that if you use milk to replace coconut milk, you will get different type of result.

      Cheers!

      Zoe

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  14. Hi!
    I'm allergic to eggs but I would love to eat these waffles. What can I substitute for eggs in this recipe?

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I'm sorry that I don't have any eggless waffles recipes to recommend. Cheer!

      Zoe

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  15. Panda is my favorite flavour 😉😉 this recipe seems yummy i'd to try after my waffle pan come. Terima kasih untuk resepnya 😆

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  16. Made these this morning. But I used Ayam brand coconut cream instead of milk coz I didn't check my pantry and that's all i had on had. They turned out brilliantly!
    My Singaporean friends here think it's pretty close to the void deck waffles we are used to, but I'd reduce my waffle maker heat to the LOWEST setting because they turned out a bit too crispy. I'd add a bit more pandan paste for my next batch. I'm very happy with the results. Thank you! 3>

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    1. Hi Gail,

      Thank you so much for your supportive comment. I'm happy that you like this recipe :)

      Zoe

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  17. How many servings is in this recipe?

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    1. Hi, this recipe makes five 9 x 9 cm square waffles... maybe 2 1/2 serves if each person is eating 2 waffles???

      Zoe

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  18. Hi Zoe,
    Love your sour cream waffle recipe. Thanks for that. Now what I'd like to know is what brand waffle iron do you use?

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    1. Hi Cathy,

      My stove-top waffle iron has no brand and I bought it from kitchenware shop at Korea :)

      Zoe

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