Pancake vs. Waffle vs. Belgian Waffle

Two of the most popular questions often asked of the Waffleman:

  1. What is the difference between a waffle and a pancake?
  2. What is the difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle?

1. A pancake is made from a simple batter consisting of flour, water or milk, sugar, and baking powder. Egg and butter are optional. Waffle batter contains nearly the same ingredients in different amounts, but it also includes a forced leavening agent such as baking soda.

2. While waffles use baking soda as the leavening agent, Belgian waffles use yeast. As you can imagine, this is a longer process which requires time for the batter to rise. If you are looking for the same result, light and fluffy inside with a crisp crust, you can use malted flour as a shortcut.

Malted flour is made from barley that is allowed to germinate, or malt, which causes it to have increased enzyme activity. More precisely, it contains alpha amylase, which helps to break down complex sugars and starch in the batter to simple sugars such as maltose. That’s what makes the waffle taste so sweet!

The Waffleman only serves Carbon’s Golden Malted Waffles, which are golden-brown with a crisp crust and sweet taste. DELICIOUS!

You can buy his waffle mix directly from Waffleman Bill at his events too!

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Posted on October 26, 2015, in Waffles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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