48-Hour Yeasted Vegan Waffles
These yeast-raised Belgian vegan waffles are for true connoisseurs. They utilize truly whole grain wheat, are fermented for 48 hours, and incorporate rice flour alongside the wheat for a unique waffle texture.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 5 waffles
- 1 1/2 cups whole hard red winter wheat berries or enough create 1 1/2 cups of flour after blended (see note)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup rice flour either store-bought or home ground
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons soymilk or other nondairy milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup see note
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
To make the fresh whole wheat flour, place just over 1 1/4 cups of the whole wheat berries into a powerful blender. Blend for at least a minute, or until you have a fine flour. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the flour and set aside. If you don't quite have 1 1/2 cups of flour yet, blend the remaining wheat berries as needed. (See note.)
Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large non-metal bowl. Use warm water between 105 and 115 degrees F. You can judge this by splashing a bit onto the sensitive skin of your inner wrist—it should feel warmer than lukewarm but not hot or painful. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Stir in the freshly ground whole wheat flour, rice flour, and salt until well blended with the dissolved yeast.
Cover the bowl and place it in a warm location until the flour mixture has almost doubled--at least 1 1/2 hours if using quick rise yeast, or 3 hours if using regular active dry yeast, up to 8 hours. (See notes.)
Then cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap or a plastic bag, and place in the refrigerator, until roughly 48 hours past the time you initially combined the ingredients.
Take the yeast and flour mixture out of the refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes to warm up slightly.
After the yeast and flour mixture has stood for at least an hour, combine the soymilk, oil, maple syrup, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly, breaking up any clumps of baking powder or baking soda. Immediately pour into the raised flour mixture and stir until well blended. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Preheat the waffle iron for 3 to 5 minutes while the batter is standing. 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.
While I used hard red winter wheat berries and loved the results, feel free to experiment with other varieties.
Do not substitute artificial maple syrup, as it may not have the acidity needed to react with the baking soda. If you don't have real maple syrup on hand, you can use two tablespoons of molasses alongside two tablespoons of another sweetener.
As the batter is relatively thin, you'll have the best results with a waffle iron that flips and is at least 1,000 watts. I've personally had great luck with the 1,200-watt Waring Pro WMK300, but it now appears a bit harder to find. The less-expensive 1,350-watt Presto 03510 Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker has also received many great reviews. I don't have any experience with waffle irons that make two waffles at a time, as spreading the wattage across a larger grid area may reduce the temperature.
You can use your oven to create a warm spot for the flour mixture to rise. Make sure the oven rack is low enough for the bowl to fit in the oven. Turn the oven on for 1 to 2 minutes at 200 degrees F. (It shouldn’t actually reach 200 degrees, but just warm up slightly.) Turn off the oven, place the covered bowl on the rack, and close the oven door to keep in the warmth.