Monday, November 8, 2010
I found a wafer iron in the basement.
Already week two! For the first time in my life I'm now living in a house, not an apartment. The organisation I'm volunteering for rents a big house for us here, since there's no apartments in this village. With the house comes a huge ice cold basement that is used as a storage for the house owner. There are also a big amount with old boxes with stuff from the 70's and 80's that no one uses. I use to go down there on treasure hunts, and I'm always able to find something useful. Today, I found an electrical wafer iron. Wafers is something I've wanted to do for quite some time now, so I got really excited and started searching for recipes and methods online. It took me about five minutes to get an idea and then I got going.
I found some different recipes and then mixed them a bit and came up with this:
100 g melted margarine
150 ml granulated sugar
300 ml all-purpose flour
180 ml water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
When the melted margarine is at room temperature, mix in all the other ingredients. Brush some margarine on the wafer iron and put some batter (how much really depends on how big your iron is) on there. Close and let bake for 1-2 minutes, until golden and slightly brown in the edges. Take out and shape immediately if you want to.
This was my first time ever making this, and I had to regulate the thickness of the batter a bit to get it right. You might have to make it slightly thicker or thinner to make it spread perfect without leaving any holes. It was also a bit hard to shape them since once they cooled down enough to handle, they were stiff already. I will definitely do this again in order to get it perfect! If someone has any advice to give me, it would be very welcome!
The wafer in itself is tasty, but nothing spectacular. It would be awesome to shape it into a cone and fill with ice cream, but there's no ice cream here so that was not an option for me. Instead, I decided to fill my bowls with the chocolate pudding from Vegan With a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moscowitz. I added some grated orange peel for an extra kick and filled the bowls with it and topped with some sprinkles. A perfect dessert for a stormy Sunday afternoon!