Thursday, July 12, 2018

Crispy Butter Nestum Cereal Waffles - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Those yummy crispy Nestum cereal cookies that I have baked at here, here and here?
Those very soft copycat BreadTalk Nestum cereal floss breads that I have baked at here?
Those cottony soft Nestum cereal floss mayonnaise chiffon Swiss roll that I have baked at here and here?

So what's next?

I have created these Crispy Butter Nestum Waffles!!!

Another MUST-TRY recipe if you like Nestum cereal and crispy waffles!

crispy butter nestum cereal waffles
Love love love these Crispy Butter Nestum Cereal Waffles!!!

Isn't it kind of obvious that I like to incorporate Nestum cereal into some of our food?

What is Nestum cereal???

As mentioned at here (Crispy Nestum Cookies), here (Extra Crispy Nestum-loaded Cookies) and here (Crispy Buttery Egg-less Nestum Cookies) and here (Cereal Floss Bread Buns) before, Nestum is a product of Nestle in Singapore and Malaysia. It was first introduced in Singapore in the 1960s as an instant nutritious breakfast cereal drink. It is a processed cereal product that is made with NO wholegrain but mostly wholemeal flour plus other flour such rice, corn and barley. And, the product is typically fortified with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron and calcium.

Although Nestum is commonly available in Singapore and Malaysia, it is not easily available in many non-Asian countries such as US, Europe and Australia. 
I have discovered that we can buy Nestum via online and Amazon. If you are living in Melbourne because you can buy Nestum at some Asian grocery shops in Melbourne city, Richmond, Preston and also Boxhill.

I'm amazed that the addition of Nestum cereal can make these nutrition-enriched semi-wholemeal waffles so crispy and delicious. Somehow, I reckon that the addition of Nestum cereal kind of works better than adding wholemeal flour into waffles. What do you think?

Here's a video showing how I made my cereal waffles plus my cooking tips if you want to make Nestum waffles that are crispy and delicious like mine.

1) Please do not skip the cereal-cooking step before adding the cereal to make the waffles. I wonder if you can detect or taste the difference but I do. I really like the lightly toasted taste and fragrance of the cereal especially inside the non-crispy spongy area of the waffles. Do you?

2) Unlike some waffle batter, this batter is NOT runny at all. It is a THICK batter with firm and big-bubbly sponge-like texture. This texture formation is caused by the composite of the recipe and the chemical reaction between buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda. Ideally, I would suggest NOT to modify this recipe or substitute buttermilk with ingredients such as yogurt or milk. However, if you really really really can't find or buy buttermilk, you can replace it with 100ml milk and 1/2 tsp vinegar. Let the milk mixture rest and curdle for about 5 mins before adding it into the other ingredients.

3) Do you know that Nestum cereal contains 13% sugar?!!! This is why I don't add sugar into these waffles especially when I'm enjoying mine with maple syrup later. With the hidden sugar from the cereal, the waffles will be crispy anyway... So why do I have to eat unnecessary excessive sugar? However, if you think that these waffles are not sweet enough for you, you can always add 1-3 tbsp (10-30g) sugar into the dry ingredients.

crispy butter nestum cereal waffles
There is no added sugar in these semi-wholemeal waffles.
Yet, they are so crispy and delicious!
crispy butter nestum cereal waffles
Crispy, spongy and not too sweet...
Just right with a moderate drizzle of maple syrup.

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Here's the recipe.

Makes 4-5 thick 9 x 9 cm thick waffles

45g Nestum cereal, about slightly less than 1 cup but please use the exact weight

The other dry ingredients:
50g (1/3 cup) all purpose / plain flour
45g (1/3 cup) cornflour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

The wet ingredients:
100ml (7 tbsp) milk, cold
100ml (7 tbsp) buttermilk, cold
60g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg, cold

vegetable oil spray, to grease the waffle iron

Place cereal in a saucepan. Cook with medium heat and frequent stirring for about 7-8 mins or until golden, lightly toasted and fragrant. Set aside to allow cereal to cool completely.

Combine other dry ingredients in a plastic bag.

In a extra large measuring cup or large mixture bowl, pour milk and buttermilk with the correct volume in it. Then, add melted butter and egg. Use a little hand whisk or a fork to mix until combined and it is ok if the mixture has clumps of butter.

Sift dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Add toasted cereal and use the same little hand whisk or a fork to mix until just combined. Do not over-mix! In just one minute or two, the mixture will transform into a THICK voluminous spongy batter. 

Allow mixture to rest at room temperature for about 5 mins.

While the batter is resting, preheat waffle iron to its medium low heat setting - not the lowest!

Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick oil spray. Caution: If you are cooking waffles on the your stove, please do not spray cooking oil into direct fire! Using the same measuring cup, pour adequate waffle batter (about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup) onto hot waffle iron. Cook until both sides are crispy and golden. Repeat this step until all the batter has been used.

Serve immediately or keep warm in a 100°C or 200°F oven until ready to serve. Serve with any syrup or toppings that you like.

Enjoy your waffles!
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