Marmite Waffles

We recently spent a lovely few days visiting our friends in their gorgeous rural home in Monmouthshire. While they were at work, Pete and I took over their large kitchen (with beautiful views of the countryside) and cooked up a storm. Having packed our new Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Smart Waffle maker, on our first full day in the kitchen we went waffling mad, making rich, decadent double chocolate waffles for breakfast followed by smoky paprika and cheesy potato ones for lunch, both big successes and utterly delicious.

We thought (briefly) about having a non-waffle breakfast the next morning and got as far as discussing toast, bacon and eggs. But the thought of hot buttered toast with Marmite, a breakfast staple in both houses, lead me to suggest Marmite Waffles instead and the very enthusiastic response to the idea meant there was no going back!

We adapted the Classic Waffle recipe from the Smart Waffle maker guide book, reducing the sugar and adding Marmite, and to our delight, the waffles came out beautifully. Just the right amount of Marmite flavour, not so subtle that you struggle to taste it but not overwhelmingly strong either.

These are light waffles perfect to serve straight out of the waffle maker with soft boiled eggs and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

As Pete discovered, on nibbling a leftover waffle that afternoon, these are also great cold as a savoury snack.

Marmite Waffles on Kavey Eats - © Kavita Favelle (2)

Marmite Waffles Recipe

Makes 5 waffles in the Smart Waffle maker

Ingredients
80 g butter, melted
300 ml milk, warmed to tepid
2 level tablespoons (or 2 very heaped teaspoons) Marmite, or your preferred brand of yeast extract
2 large eggs
200 grams plain flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 generously heaped teaspoon baking powder

Method

  • Preheat your waffle maker. We used the Smart Waffle’s Classic setting, and set the Lightness-Darkness dial to two lighter than the middle notch.

Marmite Waffles on Kavey Eats - © Kavita Favelle (4) Marmite Waffles on Kavey Eats - © Kavita Favelle (5)

  • Whisk butter, milk, marmite and eggs together.
  • Place dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ones and whisk to form a runny batter.
  • Pour batter into waffle maker; don’t overfill.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, or until nicely browned and crisp on the surface.

Marmite Waffles on Kavey Eats - © Kavita Favelle (3)

  • Remove and serve hot.

To read more about the Smart Waffle from Sage by Heston Blumenthal, check out this post where I share a recipe for very indulgent and delicious Double Chocolate Brownie-Style Belgian Waffles.

Marmite Waffles on Kavey Eats - © Kavita Favelle (1)

Here are a few more waffle ideas featuring well-known food brands:

 

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53 Comments to "Marmite Waffles"

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I’ve started liking Marmite more and more as I’ve got older – I like it best in very small doses I think! These look yummy, especially with that egg on top (do you use an egg poacher?)

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    kaveyeats

    My friend did these eggs in her pressure cooker while Pete and I did the waffles, cooked with the shell on but result after peeling is much like poached eggs. I need to learn the technique.

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  2. Dom

    I hate marmite but I need these in my life… they look sensational… If you come to Belleau Cottage will you cook for us too?

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    kaveyeats

    If you put me up, I’ll bring my waffle maker and make you these for sure!!

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  3. Jacqueline Meldrum

    What a great idea Kavey and they look gorgeous. I’m not a big fan of Marmite, but it’s a good flavouring in recipes. My mother in law adds it to her bolognaise.

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    kaveyeats

    Yes it’s a naturally umami ingredient, great to add saltiness and savouriness to all kinds of recipes!

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  4. Helen at Casa Costello

    Love how Marmite seems to be having a resurgence – Must dig my much ignored waffle maker out of the cupboard. Am staring at that runny yolk with a rumbling tummy!

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    kaveyeats

    Is it? I mostly just have it on toast or use it when I need to add umami to spagbol or such! This was just one of those Eureka moments!

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  5. kaveyeats

    Can you get any brand of yeast extract? If not, what about Bovril (concentrated beef extract)?

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  6. kaveyeats

    Hi Christine, Marmite is a sticky, dark brown, savoury spread made from yeast extract, originally a by-product of beer brewing, though I’m not sure whether that’s how they obtain all their yeast nowadays. The name (and the picture shown on the front of jars) is from the French word marmite, an earthenware cooking dish – the spread was originally sold in such containers. It’s been sold in glass jars for nearly 100 years though.

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  7. Diana

    These waffles look wonderful Kavey! You won’t believe it but I have never tried marmite before haha no idea why! Sage waffle makers are the best!

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    kaveyeats

    Hey Diane, it’s a unique taste! If you get hold of some, try it scraped VERY thinly indeed on buttered toast, that’s how we usually eat it. And it’s great to add salt and savouriness to recipes like this!

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  8. kaveyeats

    Heh, yes everything (savoury) is better with a perfectly cooked egg breaking over the top!!!

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  9. kaveyeats

    Thank you, yes the golden brown S inviting! Hope you make (and like) these soon!

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  10. kaveyeats

    Can’t claim credit for the egg, our friend Martine cooked it, and yes, perfectly cooked!!

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  11. Shinee

    What a uniquely interesting recipe. I love waffles, but never cooked with marmite. So would have loved to have this for breakfast though!

    PS: You have an amazing friends to have you stay with them!

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    kaveyeats

    Shinee, we’ve known these friends for well over two decades, having met at university (where I also met my husband) and we visit each other when we can. They’re all the way over in Wales, and we’re in London, so it’s not as often as we’d like. For various reasons, we realised a weekday visit was the best option so being able to make my friend (who was working from home) breakfast and lunch, whilst also working on some great blog content was a win win win!

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  12. kaveyeats

    Not hugely. I find vegemite a little blander, and slightly greasier (more like butter than the stickiness that is Marmite) but broadly, the tastes are not dissimilar. You may need more vegemite to get the flavour to shine through.

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  13. Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C

    I love that you stayed with friends and took over their kitchen. I need to invite some friends over to cook for me…Anyway, homemade waffles are the best! I’ve never tried marmite, but it sounds intriguing.

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    kaveyeats

    Heheh, it was lots of fun, they did dinner, then we did dinner, it was very lovely!

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  14. kaveyeats

    Yes and the oozy yolk is so good against the crisp exterior of the waffle! Thank you Ilona!

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  15. Margot

    My little one would love this Kavey… she is big Marmite, waffles and egg fan! That would be dream breakfast for her. Looks like I need to get waffle maker now 😉

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  16. Michelle M.

    Hi! Thanks for sharing the method of making light Marmite Waffles that can be eaten with freshly ground black pepper and soft boiled eggs. It is also great that you have also shared links for getting more waffles ideas. It is really a very informative post about the Marmite Waffles.

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  17. Anne Murphy

    I’m looking for savory waffle ideas, and this looks fascinating!

    I know of marmite, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten it… but since I am leaning more and more to savory, umami flavors I need to look into that!

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    kaveyeats

    Yes although we Brits primarily use it as a spread less also a super ingredient for adding saltiness and umami!

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  18. Evi

    Never had marmite..but it reminds me of veggiemite. We have this coffee shop here in LA that makes veggiemite waffles and I love them!

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    kaveyeats

    Oh how cool, now you can make your own too, if you like. I’m sure Veggiemite would substitute reasonably well for Marmite.

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  19. Katie Bryson

    Crikey, what’s not to love about this breakfast idea?? I adore marmite, waffles and eggs so can only imagine how heavenly this tastes. I need a waffle machine in my life and SOON!

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