Southern Sunday Special……

It always amazes me how certain things can trigger a long forgotten memory…..a smell, a taste, a word, a photo, browsing on eBay. Browsing on eBay? I’m sure myself and my husband are not the only Gen X’ers reliving their childhood by eBay discoveries!

When I was a little girl, my Mom had a waffle maker. It was her grandmothers and was the coolest thing ever.     My mom made breakfast on Sunday mornings and the waffle maker was certainly well loved. I can remember when it stopped working and going with my Mom to some cluttered, dark repair shop to have it repaired. Sadly, it was not repairable and I can still remember my Mom’s disappointment for the demise of this family heirloom.

Well, I just LOVE breakfast. Seriously, folks, it is my favourite meal of the day to either eat at home or dine out. Sunday’s at our house have become the breakfast testing day and, who doesn’t love a waffle? But my waffle iron, a Kmart special I think, while serving a purpose for many years, just wasn’t what I wanted. I really wanted a round, Belgian waffle iron like my Great Grandmothers. I have stalked kitchen websites, all manor of retail outlets, and eBay iin Australia to find one, but to no avail.

However, not long ago, one popped up on eBay that was Australian voltage and I was smitten. It was brand new and, while not anywhere near the quality of the old one I remember and only one sided, it was the closest thing I had seen to what I wanted so I started bidding and won! It’s a Lumina brand from Aldi so I’m sure I paid way over the odds for it but I really wanted this waffle maker.  

It arrived and I was so excited. The quality is ok and should last until I can find exactly what I want and the waffles are not nearly as deep as what I would like, but overall I’m pleased to add this to my growing kitchen arsenal to test a myriad of yummy breakfast foods! Combining my new waffle maker with a taste for cornbread right now and I bring you a breakfast that’s better than any dining out experience, lower fat, and you can turn up at the table in with your bed-head and pj’s, enjoy the sunshine of spring, and wonder what other treasure trove of memories your next eBay wander will find. I just hope my husband stays away from that “motor bike” category!

Gluten Free and Low Fat Cornmeal Waffles – mine made 3 large round waffles.
Note: I source A LOT of gluten free items from Sunnybrook Gluten Free Shop.  They carry the largest range of Bob’s Red Mill products in Australia, are super friendly to deal with, and delivery is very quick. It saves me searching 15 different places for my favourite items and I don’t have to carry anything home. If you are looking for anything in particular, give them a call as they have more items that are not listed on their website. Check it out here!

1 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I actually used Bob’s Red Mill biscuit & baking mix but you can also use any gluten free pancake mix)
¾ cup medium ground cornmeal
1 & ½ tsp baking powder
1 & 1/3 cup skim milk
2 Tbls apple sauce
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Roasted apples to top (click here at bottom of the page)
Sugar free maple syrup

Preheat your waffle maker and lightly spray with low fat cooking spray.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overwork the batter and it should be reasonably thick. 

My new waffle maker was perfect for about 1/3 cup of the mixture to cook. You may need to spread it a little bit depending on your waffle maker but mine was all fine because I flipped it ;) 

When the waffles are golden and cooked through, you can keep them warm in the oven on a baking tray at very low temperature if you want to serve everyone at once. They were also good reheated in the toaster.

Serve with roasted apple on the side and sugar free maple syrup.  

These are so delicious and will really give you a great start to the day. Oh, and although I seem to have short term memory loss, the memory of my Great Grandmother’s waffle maker is very strong. And I do seem to remember that my very sweet Uncle found a suitable replacement for my Mom many many years later!

Comments

  1. GK says:

    Well…. call me naive, call me deprived, or just plain ignorant, but as a child brought up in rural Australia, I have had virtually nil exposure to waffles!!??
    I have had waffle cones on my rum and raisin ice creams and enjoyed them very much. But … are they the same? The maple syrup and roasted apple sounds nice on something soft like a crumpet or in a muffin, but with a crunchy wafer?
    Wow!! Can’t wait to try this little number??
    GK

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