When operating a waffle iron, you hold the power. And wielding such power tastes so good when it results in chocolate chip einkorn Belgian waffles!
Making waffles is a heavily nostalgic process – using a waffle iron is something I know I looked forward to as a kid when staying at a hotel that offered complimentary breakfast, as I’m sure many kids do.
While my brothers and I were always mesmerized by the rows of self-serve cereals, thrilled to see the array of mini yogurt cups, and awestruck by big baskets of mini muffins and doughnuts, the biggest source of excitement – the Holy Grail of hotel hospitality – was inarguably the waffle maker.
This appliance was a symbol of independence and maturity – totally allowable by both the cautious parent and hotel manager alike, mere children had control in those few moments of culinary dexterity while operating that piece of kitchen machinery.
Carefully following the directions, we knew that every step needed precision and confidence:
Pouring the batter into a cup with the correct measurement, transferring it from the cup to the very center of the hot iron, swiftly closing and turning the iron, and patiently waiting the appropriate amount of time to cook it until the timer went off.
The end result of a beautiful waffle was immediately followed by a strong sense of pride and accomplishment.
And after showing off our work to siblings and parents with the biggest grin imaginable, we feasted on our creation.
If you now own a cool waffle maker of your very own as an adult, you can recreate that nostalgic memory right at home with my einkorn flour chocolate chip version, without no weekend stay at a hotel required!
Making a perfect waffle that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside is easy to do with a few important ingredients and smart tricks up your sleeve.
All-purpose flour made from einkorn, an ancient species of wheat, brings a nutty aroma and taste. Compared to other types of processed all-purpose white flour, it’s also said to be easier to digest for some individuals with gluten sensitivities.
Baking powder is this recipe’s best friend, providing a burst of leavening power. For even more fluffiness and lightness, I separate the eggs and whip the whites to form soft peaks, folding the cloudlike protein gently into the batter.
And as another ode to childhood, semi-sweet chocolate chips bring fun and sweetness, caramelizing slightly where they come in contact with the iron and melting slowly on the inside as the batter cooks and sizzles!
Invite your family and friends over for breakfast, and share the joy when you serve a fluffy stack with maple syrup. They’ll make the perfect pairing with the smile on your face that’s just as big as the childhood grin in your memory, which appeared after making your very first waffle!Print
You’ll love all the easy tricks that make these homemade einkorn chocolate chip Belgian waffles so soft and fluffy. Get the delicious recipe now on Foodal.
- 2 cups all-purpose einkorn flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/8 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, plus more as needed
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 200°F and preheat the waffle maker. Place a heatproof wire cooling rack on top of each of two rimmed baking sheets and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract until completely combined.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until a thick and smooth batter forms, adding more milk in 1/8-cup increments if the batter is too thick for pouring.
- In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula until nearly incorporated, with just a few white streaks remaining. Gently fold the chocolate chips into the batter until evenly distributed without overmixing.
- Lightly grease the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour about 3/4 cup of batter into the center of the waffle iron, or the appropriate amount for your appliance. Close the lid and cook until lightly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
- Place the cooked waffle on one of the cooling racks and transfer to the oven to keep warm and crisp. Repeat with the remaining batter, lightly greasing the waffle iron between batches. Place the waffles on the wire racks side by side rather than stacking to prevent steaming.
- When ready to serve, remove the waffles from the oven and place one or two on each plate. Serve with maple syrup.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Waffles
- Method: Waffle Maker
- Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: waffle, einkorn, chocolate chip
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prep
Make sure you allow the melted butter to cool to room temperature! The butter will not combine properly with the colder liquid ingredients if it is too hot, since the butterfat will resolidify and it won’t mix homogeneously.
Melting the butter first before doing the remaining prep is the way to go here, to give it enough time to cool.
Preheat your oven to 200°F. A warm oven held at a low temperature will keep the completed waffles hot and crisp as you continue cooking the remaining batter.
Preheat your iron.
Get out two heatproof cooling racks and place each one on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
Measure the einkorn flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites into two separate medium bowls. Set aside the egg whites for now.
Measure the whole milk and vanilla extract into the bowl with the yolks.
Measure out the chocolate chips, and set aside your preferred maple syrup for serving. You can also use a sweet and tasty berry syrup instead, if you are still working through your last homemade batch of strawberry syrup!
Step 2 – Whisk Ingredients Together
Whisk together the dry ingredients in the large bowl until fully combined.
Whisk together the wet ingredients in the medium bowl until fully combined and a smooth, homogeneous mixture forms.
Pour the milk mixture into the dry mixture, and whisk just until a thick, yet runny batter forms. The mixture should be smooth, but it’s important to avoid overmixing here, to ensure tender results.
Does the batter seem very stiff? It’s it’s too thick to pour into your iron, whisk in more milk in small increments of 1/8 cup at a time to thin the batter.
Step 3 – Whip Egg Whites
Using a clean whisk, beat the egg whites vigorously by hand until soft peaks form, for about 4 to 5 minutes. You could also opt to do this in your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, if you prefer.
Don’t go too hard with the peaks! They’ll be more difficult to incorporate if you overmix and create stiff peaks instead.
Step 4 – Fold Egg Whites into Batter
Very gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula until just a few steaks remain.
Don’t completely incorporate them – you’ll continue to mix them after adding the chocolate.
Step 5 – Fold Chocolate Chips into Batter
Gently fold in the chocolate chips, continuing with slow and careful turns of the spatula to maintain the aerated structure of the batter.
Step 6 – Cook the Batter
Coat the surface of both sides of the iron with a thin film of nonstick cooking spray.
Pour about 3/4 cup of batter into the very center of the iron. This amount is best for an appliance that produces round waffles that are 7 inches in diameter and about 1 inch tall.
Use the appropriate amount of batter as recommended for your appliance. If using less batter per round, you will have a bigger yield.
Once you pour in the batter, close the = iron, rotating it if necessary, and cook until the batter is cooked and is fluffy and golden brown. This will generally take about 3 to 5 minutes.
The cooking time also depends on your appliance, which may have pre-set or timed programs.
Step 7 – Keep Warm
Open the appliance and carefully remove the waffle. Transfer to a cooling rack on one of the baking sheets.
Place the baking sheet in the oven to keep it warm and crisp, and repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter.
When you place them on the baking sheet, be sure to position them in one single layer and use both baking sheets to avoid stacking.
Step 8 – Serve
Remove the baking sheets from the oven, and place one or two waffles on each plate.
Serve with maple syrup while they’re still warm. Or try a healthy topping like aronia berries with your waffles. Enjoy!
Keep Your Guests Busy
If you don’t have one already, you’ll love using your waffle maker whenever you want to make a homemade breakfast or brunch for your family, or when you have company overnight.
But the main downfall here is the wait to eat one!
If you own a model that only makes a single round at a time, you might have a guest or two who’s looking a little bored, impatient, and hangry!
There’s no use sitting around and waiting – a watched waffle maker never cooks, as the saying goes, right? Keep them happy and entertained as you are cooking with these tips.
If you are treating your guests to a full brunch experience and want to smother them with hospitable energy and good vibes, make sure you have some upbeat music playing in the background.
You could even serve a fun cocktail for them to sip!
If putting your eaters to work is the name of the game, they can help you start to clean up any dirty dishes and utensils used for prep. Or reverse the roles! They can cook one or two batches while you start to clean.
With all of these ideas to pass the time, breakfast will be on the table sooner than your guests can say, “Chocolate chip einkorn Belgian waffle!”
What are your favorite recipes to make with a waffle iron? Do you love including chocolate chips, or do you prefer a plain base? Maybe something more savory? Leave a comment below!
If you want to incorporate more einkorn flour into your diet, take a look at a few more homemade recipes from Foodal. To start, save these favorites for your next tasty breakfast at home:
- Maple Blueberry Coconut Oil Scones Made with Einkorn Flour
- Einkorn Rye Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Homemade Einkorn Bagels
Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on August 15, 2013. Last updated on November 22, 2022.
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About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.