Saturday, January 9, 2010

Gluten Free Pretzel Waffles

This morning Doodle and I decided to combine several recipes and make pretzel waffles. Really, it was something different to do after being cooped up in the house for 3 days, waiting for the blizzard and sub-zero temperatures to pass. I have to say, these waffles turned out quite yummy. The pretzel's add a nice flavor and extra crunch to the waffles and are a break from the usual waffle recipe.

I find that Sweet Rice Flour is the best option for making waffles (I use Mochiko brand). It doesn't have a distinct Gluten Free flavor (like so many other GF flours) and it makes the waffles light, airy, and nice and crispy. In fact, it tastes better than waffles made with traditional flour.

Pretzel Waffles

3/4 Cup Sweet Rice Flour
1/2 Cup GF Pretzels - crushed
1 T Baking Powder
1 T Agave Nectar
Pinch Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
3 Eggs, separated
1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk substitute)
1/4 Cup Canola Oil
1 T Vanilla

1. Pre-heat a waffle maker and spray with non-stick spray.
2. Combine Sweet Rice Flour, 1/4 Cup GF Pretzels, Baking Powder, Salt and Xanthan Gum. Whisk together.
2. Separate eggs and add yolks, Agave Nectar to flour mixture. Stir together.
3. Add Almond Milk, Canola Oil, and Vanilla to flour mixture and whisk together.
4. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into flour mixture, just until combined.
5. Measure the waffle batter and cook waffles according to your waffle maker's instructions. Before placing the lid on the waffles, sprinkle some of the remaining pretzel mixture on top of the batter. Close lid and cook.

Serve with maple syrup, dairy free whipping cream, or a dairy free caramel sauce, if desired. I topped the waffles off with a few extra pretzels for Doodle and she really enjoyed that.

You can also use this recipe to make regular waffles - just eliminate the pretzels and use 1 Cup Sweet Rice Flour. These waffles will come out just as crispy and your non-gluten free friends will never guess that these waffles are made with GF flour.

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