Make Ahead

Chocolate and Cardamom waffles

December  7, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Makes Many waffles
Author Notes

We love chocolate waffles and these reminder me of brownies - crisp top, with a moist, soft and rich chocolatey interior. The mix can be made a day or two ahead and then baked on the morning. Whatever you do, don't stack the waffles (like we do with pancakes/crepes), or they'll sweat and soften. —Kitchen Butterfly

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) wholewheat flour
  • A good pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, or seeds from 12 green pods, crushed
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (400ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt
  • 50g milk chocolate (chips/bar), melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or melted butter)
  • To serve: Icing sugar, creme fraiche, bananas and (vanilla) maple syrup
  1. Sift the flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder into a bowl. Add the ground cardamom, ground cinnamon. and the caster sugar. Combine, using a whisk.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, milk, yogurt, melted chocolate, vanilla extract, oil or melted butter and whisk until blended and the batter is smooth.
  3. Because you’re using wholegrain flour, you’ll need to let the batter ‘rest’ for about 10 minutes. This allows the grains to absorb the liquids, resulting in softer, fluffier waffles. A bit like giving steaks a rest after cooking!
  4. 7-8 minutes into the batter resting, grease the waffle iron or electric waffle maker (follow manufacturer’s instructions if using for the first time). My Belgian waffle iron is non-stick but to be on the absolute safe side, I used some oil spray to grease it before I started. You could also brush it with oil or melted butter using a brush made of scratch-safe, non-abrasive material like silicone.
  5. When the mix is well rested, stir once more to combine then using a large ladle spoon or a 1/3 cup, pour in batter, just enough to fill the hot waffle iron, then close. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the waffles are ready. They should peel away from the top/bottom of the iron if cooked. Repeat till the batter is used up.
  6. Remember not to stack if you’re making a lot, rather spread them out. You can make these ahead and then warm later in the toaster or in the centre of an oven set to 200 deg C for a few minutes till warm.
  7. Serve with icing sugar, maple syrup, definitely some creme fraiche and fruit!

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20 Reviews

the U. March 13, 2012
yum! do you think I can sub a gluten free flour for the whole wheat?
kluska March 11, 2012
My husband and I just finished eating these for brunch. They were so light, he couldn't believe they were made with whole wheat flour. Thanks for a great recipe, it's a keeper!
Sigita February 23, 2012
Yum - these look tasty!
em-i-lis February 16, 2012
these look beautiful and are right up my alley. i don't have a waffle iron- how would they do as pancakes? or, what might a waffle alternative be? thanks!
chambersalyn February 3, 2011
Ooh, I love that they use whole wheat flour. I just discovered a great gluten free whole grain flour and will have to try it out with these!
testkitchenette January 28, 2011
I am loving these and your use of whole wheat flour. Great for breakfast or dessert!
Kitchen B. January 29, 2011
Thanks testk
fiveandspice December 8, 2010
Wow! These look like something I'd like to have for dessert! I absolutely love anything with cardamom, and the fact that it's in something decadent and chocolatey? Mmmm.
Kitchen B. January 29, 2011
Thanks five&spice
Sagegreen December 7, 2010
Love your photos and recipe!
Kitchen B. December 9, 2010
mrslarkin December 7, 2010
Hooray for waffles!
Kitchen B. December 9, 2010
Thanks mrslarkin - I love do my kids!
drbabs December 7, 2010
I think I need a waffle maker.
TheWimpyVegetarian December 7, 2010
Yep. I think if I show this recipe to my husband, ia waffle maker is going to end up under the tree from Santa....
Kitchen B. December 9, 2010
Fancy getting me to send them an email from Mrs Claus on what they have to do this Christmas.........
Midge December 7, 2010
Yum! These would absolutely make my Christmas morning.
Kitchen B. December 9, 2010
Thanks Midge
TheWimpyVegetarian December 7, 2010
My husband would LOVE me to make these!! Saved them for the holidays!!
Kitchen B. December 9, 2010
Thanks ChezSuzanne, enjoy