PackThePJs love waffles! The potato ones make a great alternative to chips, but fresh homemade sweet waffles are a real treat. So when CoolStuff offered to send us a KitchPro Waffle Bowl Maker to try out, we jumped at the chance.
What Is It?
Reading the blurb on the box, the product makes waffle bowls – rather than the flat waffles you load ice cream etc onto, these ones are bowl shaped so you fill them with goodies.
The idea sounded brilliant – but I’m always cautious with gadgets like this, for promising more than they deliver. I remember buying a sandwich toaster, with promises of perfect hot triangles of cheese-filled gorgeousness … only for the bread to stick to the plates and hours of cleaning afterwards! So yes, the image on the box looked fantastic, but I wasn’t convinced our efforts would match it.
You unpack the waffle maker carefully. The instructions tell you to give the plates a wipe with a soapy cloth before first use. It’s an electrical item, so obviously you can’t submerge it in water.
Once dry, you plug it in and leave it to warm up. It mentions oiling the cooking surfaces for the first few uses – I have a baking spray I use when making cakes, so I sprayed a thin coat of this.
For ease of preparation we followed the recipe provided in the handbook, which was:
- 1 cup of flour (we used self raising)
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (we added 2 as the first batch tasted quite bland)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Mix all together, and whisk until smooth.
Using a ladle, carefully pour some waffle batter into the base of the maker … fill to the line marked inside (don’t go over or there will be spillage).
Clasp down the lid, and then wait approximately 4 minutes. You’ll soon see steam coming out from between the plates – when this steam stops, the waffle is cooked.
You lift the lid, and being careful not to touch the hot plates, you lift out a perfect waffle bowl! Put it on a plate, and it’s ready to fill.
We filled ours with ice cream, strawberries, orange segments, sprinkles, chocolate/raspberry sauce … whatever you want, and whatever you have available.
Every single waffle bowl effort was a success. This is the honest truth. If you fill to just under the fill line we realised you end up with a waffle bowl with ‘turrets’ – perfect for a child into knights and castles!
If, however, you slightly overfill, your bowl ends up with a flat lip all around the top (makes it look more artisan/homemade!)
We sprayed the plates with cooking spray at the start of the cooking session and made 5 waffle bowls with no sticking issues whatsoever. When you have finished making them, turn off the machine at the plug and leave to cool down. Then wipe clean with a cloth and put away for another day (or the next day in our case, when we made more!)
This gadget is foolproof! If you follow the instructions it makes perfect waffle bowls every time. My 11-year-old daughter made the second batch, all on her own. She prepared the batter and made the bowls – all perfect. With an extra tablespoon of sugar in the batter, they tasted really nice too.
We will definitely use our new waffle bowl maker again and again and again. It’ll be fantastic when we have friends around – you can make some fabulously fancy desserts to impress them! Or when the children have friends over for tea, you can prepare a ‘toppings station’ where they can build their own waffle bowl dessert.
So many uses! I’m thinking you could even try a Yorkshire pudding batter and make savoury bowls … then your recipe ideas are endless! My son just said that we could fill them with mashed potato, a sausage and gravy … watch this space, and I’ll let you know if it works! If you’d like one of these cool gadgets for yourself (because you’re not having mine), then they are £29.99 from CoolStuff