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Healthier options for (HK) Waffles/Pancakes

  • Thu, January 19, 2023 10:48 PM
    Message # 13064933
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HK Egg Waffles (w/ optional Starter/Sourdough Discard)

    If you've been to Hong Kong, NYC's Chinatown, or Flushing, NY, you'll see carts selling little bags of 15 egg cakes. It's super nostalgic for my kids & I! This year for Christmas, I treated myself to a HK Waffle Iron with removable plates.

    The other thing you mighty know is that I brought back lievito madre (sourdough starter) from @Imperoverona when I went to Rome this past April. I get starter dough discard whenever I feed my dough. It's optional but it helps break down the gluten in the flour and is easier for your body to digest and crates less bloat.

    Here's a tasty recipe I created with some options to make it even healthier!


    • 1/2 c./2.5 oz all purpose flour (healthier: vegan protein powder-depending on the ingredients this may or may not work)
    • 2 tablespoons tapioca or corn starch to make it crispy
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder to make it fluffy
    • Optional: 1-2 tablespoon instant van pudding mix 

    Beat separate bowl:

    • 1 large eggs (healthier: 2 egg whites)

    Add to eggs:

    • 0-3 Tbsp sugar or alt. (not needed if all protein powder)
    • 1/2 c./4 oz starter dough (or additional flour/protein powder mix)
    • 1/3 cup water (alt: milk, nut milk, or flavored liquid), may need more
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond, orange, etc.)
    • Optional: 1 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted (vegan) butter 

    Optional: mix all ingredients and leave in the fridge (preferably not a super cold area) overnight. 

    **My best SECRET tip!** Put a spoonful on a ceramic plate and microwave 20-30 secs. Use this to test the taste (waffle machine will have a less rubbery consistency). Adjust ingredients as needed. 

    Heat egg waffle (pan or regular waffle) machine. Grease lightly with oil & silicone brush (or cooking spray). Spread about 1/2 cup of batter around the molds and cook for 1 minute (or until it starts to look a little solid, close the top, flip cook another 2-3 mins, until crispy and slightly brown, I personally like it a golden brown. You can smell it when it's almost done.

    Using a rubber spatula or chopsticks, carefully touching the non-puffy parts, transfer the waffle to a plate or wire rack to cool slightly. 

    To achieve a curved shape, lay the waffle over a rounded surface, e.g. rolling pin, to cool. 

    Repeat with the remaining batter.

    Serve when the it has cooled and thin bits become crisp, but is still slightly warm. 

    You can use chocolate protein powder or add cocoa to it. You can use cold coffee instead of the water. Options abound! You can double it to make 4 waffles. You can try with gluten free flour mix.

    Let me know how yours turned out! 

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    Last modified: Thu, January 19, 2023 11:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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