A waffle or popularly known as hotcake in the Philippines is a leavened batter or dough cooked in a waffle iron, usually patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression. One of the popular varieties of waffles is the Belgian waffle identified by its larger size, lighter batter and higher grid pattern which forms deep pockets and has larger squares than standard American waffles. Other varieties are American waffles, Brussels waffles, Liège waffle, Flemish waffles, or Gaufres à la Flamande, Bergische waffles, or Waffles from Berg county, Hong Kong style waffle, Pandan waffles, Potato waffles, Scandinavian style waffles, stroopwafels, Hotdog waffle, Lolly waffle.
Waffles can be eaten plain (especially the thinner kinds) or sprinkled with powdered sugar. Depending on the region they may be eaten with various toppings such as: butter, chocolate chips, apple butter, dulce de leche; fruits: bananas, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.; honey, jam or jelly, chocolate spread, peanut butter; syrup: maple syrup, chocolate syrup, caramel, flavored syrups & whipped cream.
Here’s the Waffles / Hotcake Recipe
2 1/2 cup cake flour
4 tbsp. margarine
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 cups thin milk
1 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. sugar
1. In a mixing bowl, put together the cake flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix thoroughly.
2. Then pour the margarine, milk and eggs. Put a little water. Mix thoroughly the ingredients until well blended.
3. Prepare and heat the waffle pan.
4. Pour 1/2 cup of waffle mixture into the pan and cook in a low fire.
5. Serve the waffle/ hotcake with toppings or syrup you like or just sugar and margarine.