I was in the mood to experiment with a relatively neutral gluten-free waffle that wasn’t quite as dense as one using only buckwheat flour. These are pretty light and fluffy, bind quite well without using egg replacer, and are a great basic waffle for any type of topping.
As with some other yeast-raised waffles I’ve tried, the exterior is relatively soft and breadlike, not that crispy–they’re great syrup sponges! They were inspired by a pancake recipe from what some call the mother of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks,
The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook. (A little secret: the “Old-Time Buckwheat Cakes” recipe there makes pretty decent waffles in its original form if you decrease the water by 1 or 2 tablespoons.)
Buckwheat-Rice Yeast-Raised Vegan Waffles
- 1 C buckwheat flour
- 1 C white rice flour
- 3/4 t salt
- 3/4 C + 1 T warm water (see note)
- 2 t dry yeast (I've used quick-rise dried yeast a few times with good results; note that some yeasts contain gluten.)
- 1 C unsweetened soymilk
- 2 t raw sugar (or blackstrap molasses or other sweetener)
- 3/4 t baking soda
- 1/3 C hot water
- 3 T vegan margarine (If you substitute oil, add another 1/8 to 1/4 t of salt.)
- The night before you plan to bake and eat the waffles, whisk together the flours and salt in large bowl.
- In separate bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix in soymilk, then blend yeast-water-soymilk mixture into flour mixture. Stir until very well blended (this is a case where the batter doesn't have to be lumpy).
- Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise slightly at room temperature overnight.
- The next morning, dissolve the baking soda in the 1/3 C hot water, and add the sweetener and margarine. If necessary, place the mixture in the microwave just long enough to soften the margarine (for our microwave it's 30 seconds). Whisk to break up any lumps of margarine.
- Pour the margarine mixture into the flour-soymilk-yeast mixture. Stir until well blended, and allow to sit another half hour
- Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.
- Spray both grids of the waffle iron with oil. Pour or ladle the batter into the center of the iron, covering no more than two-thirds of the iron’s surface for the first waffle. Adjust the amount as needed for subsequent waffles.
- Bake each waffle for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it can be removed easily, spraying the waffle iron grids with oil prior to each waffle.