PSA: You Can Make Waffles with Just One Ingredient

published Jan 16, 2020
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In the great breakfast showdown between pancakes, French toast, and waffles, a pile of buttery waffles will always be my top pick, especially when I’m making Saturday breakfast in my pajamas and slippers. I’ve cooked my way through a lot of waffle recipes over the years, searching for the perfect one. My goal: To find something that’s as impressive and delicious as it is simple, while leaving me with the smallest pile of dirty dishes — because nothing ruins a pleasant Saturday morning like Saturday afternoon chores.

It turns out there’s an easy way to make guest-worthy waffles that doesn’t involve cracking any eggs, or dirtying a single bowl or whisk. How? You use puff pastry from the freezer section.

How to Turn Puff Pastry into Waffles

There’s no recipe required, though a little bit of forethought is necessary since you’ll need to thaw the puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator before getting started. (Here’s some advice on the best way to do that). Use a knife or pizza slicer to cut the thawed dough to the approximate size and keep the cut puff pastry on a plate or cutting board in the refrigerator while your waffle iron heats up. Transfer the puff pastry to the waffle iron and cook until golden brown and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.

And voilà! In just a few minutes you’re rewarded with a truly spectacular fast-and-fancy breakfast treat. They’re crisp and buttery, like the classic waffles you know, but instead of a soft center, you’re treated irresistibly flaky layers just waiting to be drizzled with syrup and devoured.

Have you ever made puff pastry waffles? How did it go? Tell us in the comments!