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Wafflized Oatcakes

Yes, it is possible to use a waffle iron to bake your oatcakes! Why would you want to do that?

Here is a photo of a completed waffle, along with the plastic ring (described below) and two disks of unbaked dough.

 Photo of waffle
Photo of waffle

Here is how we did it:

Prepare the dough

Make a batch of your favorite oatcakes dough, we used the Date Cranberry oatcakes for this example. We have also used Peanut Butter oatcakes, and of course we had to try it with Staffordshire oatcakes -- they all worked well as waffles. You may want to cut the size of your batch by one-half for your first attempt.

We have in our bucket full of cookie cutters a plastic ring about 3 inches in diameter and about 1-3/16 inches high (76x30 mm). Placing that ring on top of a dough scraper allowed us to weigh out 133 grams of dough and form it into a disk that fit nicely into our miniature waffle maker. If you don't have a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter of a similar size you may simply weigh out the 133 grams of dough and then shape it by hand to a disk sized appropriately for your waffle maker.

 Photo of ring on scale
Photo of ring on scale

These disks of unbaked dough were then set aside to rise for a couple of hours, since the Date Cranberry version we're using is a yeast enhanced dough.

Baking the dough

When the dough is ready to bake, preheat the waffle maker and place one of the disks of prepared dough into it, placing the dough at the back of the baking grid adjacent to the hinge because when the cover is closed the dough will be squeezed and displaced toward the front of the machine. Press the cover down firmly and hold for about 5 seconds to be sure the dough fills into the whole baking grid. Allow to bake for 5 minutes.

The waffle maker

Nearly any waffle maker would do, but this one was the perfect size for our needs. We're using this waffle maker, which appears to be currently sold out. We were able to find one in stock at our local Walmart at a substantial discount.

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