Saturday, February 8, 2014

Flatbread Waffle Buns

When I was looking through my fridge today, I thought it would be a good idea to have some hamburgers. However, I had no hamburger buns, meaning I had to improvise. My waffle maker was on the counter, so I decided to use that to make some flatbread buns while my oven was occupied by the burgers.
Flatbread waffles plain
They look like waffles -- but it's flatbread

Flatbread Waffle Buns (makes 6-8 waffles)
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter/Vegetable Oil/Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Water
Start by heating up the waffle iron and spraying it with cooking spray. Mix the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add in shortening/oil/melted butter and the water and mix together. If the batter is sticky after mixing, add more flour.

Take pieces of dough and roll them into small balls. Flatten the balls with your hands to desired thickness and size. The dough doesn't expand once inside the waffle maker, so make sure your pieces are big enough. Thicker pieces of dough will make thicker bread, which will be harder to bite into. Place the dough in the waffle maker and close the top.
Flatbread waffle maker cooking
The dough doesn't expand too much, so shape to the desired size.
Cook for about 10-15 minutes to ensure the interior of the bread isn't doughy. The bread is ready once it begins to turn golden brown. Remove with a fork and enjoy! Here is how my burgers turned out.
Burger and ketchup
I only had shredded cheese, but that was
fine because it sticks in the pockets.
Burger ready to eat
I'm ready to eat! (the lettuce came from the garden)
If you do not own a waffle maker, you could try cooking the dough using a nonstick cooking pan on medium heat or with a panini maker. You lose out a lot of novelty fun that way, plus you don't get the pockets for cheese or other sauce to collect in. I recommend getting a waffle maker for personal use, as it has a lot of untapped versatility to make other foods besides waffles. I am currently using this waffle maker. The one thing I like about it is the ability to make up to 4 waffles simultaneously. Happy cooking!

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