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We're a family of 3 traveling by sailboat. I like to bake, so you'll find a lot of recipes dispersed within the documentation of our travels. Enjoy!

Waffles on a Boat!

Waffles on a Boat!

I gave up our waffle maker when we moved to Twig…well it’s in storage actually. Since it’s a big power load (~1000 watts) and takes up unnecessary room, it wasn’t a high priority. At the time my reasoning was that it was partially unnecessary due to the availability of a pancake maker…my usual cast iron skillet! I think I made some form of pancakes every other day last winter in the Bahamas. Maybe it was the excess of sourdough starter that I had on hand or just a lot of tweaking of my pancake recipe, but the result was Rev became really bored with pancakes. She’s now declared that she doesn’t like pancakes.

Mind you my hand is on the larger side, but this waffle maker isn’

Mind you my hand is on the larger side, but this waffle maker isn’

Thus enter waffles. In my quest to make Twig’s galley super efficient this year (by having only the tools onboard that I use and making those tools the EXACT tools I want), I considered having a waffle maker for special occasions. But this time, I decided to try a low energy version of a waffle maker: a cast iron, stove top waffle iron! This is the one I chose!

There are a few designs out there for this type of waffle maker so I had to prioritize what I wanted. First, I wanted something that would hold heat well since it would only be heating from being on the burner, so one side at a time, and not be heated by electricity on both sides of the waffle maker simultaneously. This meant cast iron to me, but I paid for this in weight. The cast iron waffle maker I chose is quite heavy for it’s size, however it’s quite small, which was the next thing I considered. I wanted something small because our galley and stovetop space is limited. This waffle iron is slim and compact. It is also square which means that it fits well within the fiddles of our stove (fiddles are the tools that keep the pots and pans on the burner and prevent them from sliding around while sailing). I’m a fan of circular waffles, but I wanted square for this reason.

Pre-seasoned waffle maker

Pre-seasoned waffle maker

The trick to this waffle iron is to keep it really hot. This along with butter in the batter keeps the waffles from sticking. Greasing the iron with butter makes quite a mess while flipping it. I learned this the hard way and it is different from my experience with an electric waffle maker. The other trick is lots of flipping to keep the two sides of the iron hot. It takes a bit for cast iron to heat up so preheating is necessary, but it seems like this waffle iron also cools quickly if you don’t flip it multiple times during the cooking process.

I have a mixed review of this waffle iron. There are definitely some positives to having it aboard. The waffles turn out great as they should: crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The iron doesn’t make a mess like some people say on the online reviews. I think those people didn’t have the iron hot enough or aren’t familiar with cast iron cooking. Having waffles instead of pancakes are a hit at the moment!

The downsides are the weight of the iron: it’s heavy and makes for a little awkwardness when flipping it. The hinge is great in the fact that it allows the sides to be separated for fast heating and easy cleaning, but they’re sometimes hard to reconnect when it’s hot and you’re using an oven mitt made for a right-handed person (perhaps that’s just my problem in addition to the previous problem). The best part of that problem is that a left-handed person gave me that right-handed oven mitt...thanks mom!

But all in all, we’re going to keep it for now and keep trying out new uses and recipes on it. 

If you’re looking for a change of pace from regular waffles, check out my savory waffle recipe! They’re amazingly delicious and a really great addition to boat brunch with friends! 

Traditional Waffle Recipe:

Makes about 5 waffles

1 cups flour
1 cup corn flour
2 Tablespoons xylitol or sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sourdough starter (optional)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2  cup warm cream
5 Tablespoons butter, melted
dash of salt (if using unsalted butter)

Directions:

Preheat waffle iron on stove top. Put dry ingredients in bowl and then add wet ingredients. Spoon 1/2 cup batter into waffle iron, close, and flip. Flip every 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the outside. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven. Top with your favorite items!  

Savory Waffle Recipe:

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup warm cream
5 Tablespoons butter, melted
dash of salt (if using unsalted butter)
8 oz cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup asparagus, chopped, cooked, and cooled or 1 cup squash, cooked and cooled
3/4 cup wild rice, cooked and cooled

Directions:

Prepare the asparagus/squash and wild rice ahead of time. Mix dry ingredients and add wet ingredients to the mixture. Fold in cream cheese, asparagus/squash, and wild rice. Make waffles in iron per the instructions above!

Chicken Skillet Dinner

Chicken Skillet Dinner