Kéfir Frozen Waffles

When my wife and I get up in the morning, we love a quick breakfast. Toasted bagels are a favourite. On weekends, I sometimes make waffles or pancakes. I saw a frozen waffle ad and thought that would be so convenient, but I am a waffle snob. Why not make and freeze my own waffles.

Kéfir (pronounced kə-FEER) is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kéfir grains and milk. Kéfir is found in grocery stores near the yogurt. Kéfir adds an interesting flavour to the pancakes. My wife even likes them without syrup, just some butter. Kéfir does make a thicker batter, so you adjust with milk. I find adding 25% milk results in the batter stiffness I like. How much milk you use depends on how thick you like your waffles. Kéfir comes in a one litre bottle, so a quad recipe would use it all. I could then freeze them for a quick toasting later.

I always comment that my wife’s homemake stew and soup is better the next day. The flavours have time to develop. In the case of toasted waffles the outside gets crispy while the inside stays soft and yummy.

Tip: When making a large batch, place a waffle on a rack to cool then place in the freezer. Later collect up the frozen waffles and bag. As they are frozen already they will not stick together.

Update: I show the waffles being heated up in a toaster, BUT! I find toaster ovens and counter top ovens make lousy toast. The problem is the heating element is too far from the bread. With frozen waffles, a toaster crisps up the outside but so quickly that the inside is not hot. A toaster oven does a better job. Set the oven to 350°F/180°C, put the frozen waffles in, then turn the oven on. About 5ish minutes and they are crisp outside while the inside is hot.

I find a Belgian waffle maker is better if your goal is to freeze them. The waffles are studier.


Kéfir Waffles
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Use Kéfir rather than milk. Adds a wonderful flavour to the waffles.
Recipe type: Waffle
Serves: Two or Four 8" Waffles
2 Cups Batter
  • 1 cup (125 g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TBSP (15 g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 g) Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp (4 g) Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) Sea Salt
  • 1 cup (240 g) Kéfir
  • 0 to ¼ cup (60 g) Milk (optional)
  • 1 (50 g) Egg
  • 3 TBSP (45 g) Unsalted Butter, melted OR Sunflower Oil
  • ½ tsp (3 g) Vanilla extract (optional)
  • For waffle maker surface Non-stick Spray or vegetable oil
4 Cups Batter
  • 2 cups (250 g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 TBSP (25 g) Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 g) Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp (7 g) Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp (3 g) Sea Salt
  • 2 cups (480 g) Kéfir
  • 0 to ½ cup (120 g) Milk (optional)
  • 2 (100 g) Eggs
  • 6 TBSP (85 g) Unsalted Butter, melted OR Sunflower Oil
  • 1 tsp (5 g) Vanilla extract (optional)
  • For waffle maker surface Non-stick Spray or vegetable oil
  1. Heat waffle iron
  2. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients
  3. In a medium sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Milk can be added to thin the batter.
Using a separate bowl for wet mixture then adding to the dry mixture results in less clumps
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and whisk. Do NOT whisk again later. You will flatten the batter.
Bake a waffle
  1. Use non-stick spray or brush some oil on waffle iron plates
  2. For an 8” round iron, pour 1 cup of batter in centre. The amount depends on your waffle maker size. The instructions will usually say how much to use.
  3. Bake for about 5 min. Time and temp effect how a waffle bakes. Higher temp uses lower time. The shorter the time the bigger the difference between crust and inside softness. Do not open early to check as this will tear the waffle. If waffle too dark, lower temperature setting. Auto waffle makers will beep when waffle is done.
  4. Remove the waffle by gently loosening the edges with a heat-proof plastic spatula, wooden spatula or non-stick coated tongs.
  5. Serve immediately or place in a 200F (90C) oven to keep them warm.
Freezing Waffles
  1. Place them on a rack until cool then place in the freezer.
  2. Once frozen, arrange then in a freezer bag or plastic container.
  3. Toast frozen waffle to serve. Place frozen waffles in a 350°F/180°C oven for 5 minutes. If you are going to heat with a toaster, let the waffles thaw first.


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