Pete and I have been waffling-mad the last few weeks! We’ve made regular waffles, Belgian waffles, mashed potato waffles and more, and the list of ideas still to try is at least ten times that long.
It’s all down to our new waffle maker, Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Smart Waffle. We’ve already test driven the Smart Scoop ice cream machine, the Quick Touch microwave and the Tea Maker kettle, all part of the same range, and all with similarly clever ideas that make using each one a pleasure.
The Smart Waffle has a number of clever features that set it above other waffle makers on the market. There’s a wide wraparound moat to catch and cook overflow batter, so you can safely add enough batter to properly fill the space without worrying that the excess will surge out and make a mess on your worktop. The waffle plates are made of cast aluminium which ensures that heat is distributed evenly, and they are also are good and deep, creating lovely thick, square waffles. The housing is stainless steel and easy to keep clean.
There are different settings for different types of waffles – Belgian, Classic, Chocolate or Buttermilk – and you can also adjust colour from Light to Dark with 12 levels to choose from. These combine to set temperature and cooking time automatically. Like the microwave, there’s the A Bit More button to give a short burst of extra cooking time if you open the machine when it beeps that it’s done but you reckon it needs just a little longer.
So far, we’ve found it a pleasure to use, and all our different waffle recipes have all come out very well.
Next on the list was a decadent chocolate waffle that would be perfect for breakfast or dessert. There are hundreds of recipes all around the web to choose from but the one that stood out was this brownie belgium waffle by American blogger Sommer. This produces a super rich chocolate waffle that’s not as sweet as you’d assume given the 100 grams of sugar. The ‘double chocolate’ comes from cocoa powder and chocolate chips and the soft interior and crisp exterior are exactly what’s promised by ‘brownie-style’. I’ve rewritten the recipe in metric measurements and provided new instructions to suit our waffle maker, though of course you can adjust to use whatever waffle maker you have.
Double Chocolate Brownie-Style Belgian Waffles
Makes 4 waffles in the Smart Waffle maker
For the waffle batter:
- 200 g granulated sugar
- 80 g plain flour
- 80 g cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 60 ml water
- 90 g unsalted butter , melted
- 120 g mini dark chocolate chips
- vegetable oil , to spray
For the topping:
- 100 ml double cream
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 small pack blueberries
If you cannot find mini dark chocolate chips, finely chop a bar of dark chocolate instead. The small size allows little bits of chocolate to distribute evenly within the batter.
Preheat your waffle maker. Ours has a Belgian waffle setting, which we selected for this recipe, with the darkness level set to 2 up from Lightest.
In a large bowl mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
In a small bowl beat the eggs, vanilla extract and water, before adding to the dry ingredients and mixing together.
Add in the melted butter and beat vigorously to mix well and create a thick, gloopy batter.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Oil the waffle maker with vegetable oil using a spray or wipe on with kitchen towel.
Spoon a quarter of the batter into each half of the waffle machine, close and cook until the machine beeps (about 3 minutes), or until fully shaped but soft to the touch.
Open the machine and leave to cool for 30 seconds. As these waffles are super soft and very fragile when hot, we found it easiest to place a small baking tray over the cooked waffles and flip the entire machine upside down; this is a two person job but the easiest way to get them out without breaking. After a few seconds of cooling outside the waffle machine, the surfaces start to crisp up beautifully. The inside stays soft, like a brownie or chocolate cake.
If flipping the waffle machine over is not a good option for you, cook the waffles on the Lightest setting, open the waffle maker when it beeps done and leave in the machine to cool down for at least 5 minutes before carefully removing the waffles with a pair flexible spatulas.
Repeat cooking steps for second half of the mixture.
We served with lightly-sweetened whipped double cream, sliced bananas and blueberries.
You may also enjoy these sweet waffle recipes from fellow food bloggers:
- Cakeyboi’s Lemon Drizzle Waffles
- Celery and Cupcakes’ Cinnamon, Maple & Sweet Potato Waffles
- Foodie Quine’s Apple, Cinnamon & Maple Waffles
- Joy Filled Eats’ Coconut Waffle with Strawberry Sauce
- Strength and Sunshine’s Carrot Cake Waffles
- A Virtual Vegan’s Gingerbread Waffles
Kavey Eats received a Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Smart Waffle for review. As always, I was not expected to write a positive review; all opinions are my own and I recommend only products I truly believe in. This post contains affiliate links; please see my sidebar for further information.
Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!30 Comments to "Double Chocolate Brownie-Style Belgian Waffles"
That looks so good! I love waffles, but they don’t love me any more :(!
Is there any savoury recipes in the book, I wonder if you can make savoury waffles in it, with Bengal Gram (besan) flour?
You can make any kind of waffle in it, for sure. We’ll try some gram flour ones if you like! This recipe isn’t from a book, it’s adapted from an American one I found on the web.
Oh my word Kavey, these look too good to be true. I’ve recently got my hands on a waffle maker too, and think I know what we’re going to be having for breakfast on Easter morning now….. YUM!
These would be perfect for Easter treat! Hope you enjoy them!
Oh wow. Double chocolate waffles for breakfast, yes please!
Yeah, very decadent! Brunch works too!
Wow these double chocolate waffles look seriously good and seriously fat! My son would love them.
Thank you for linking to my Gingerbread waffles. :O)
Hey Mel, I hope you enjoy making them, it’s worth it even with the slightly tricky extraction! My pleasure!
Wow! These look amazing! I want them for Easter morning breakfast. Yummy!
I think they’d be perfect for that!
These look so delicious! I love waffles + chocolate and and think this could definitely be eaten for dessert OR breakfast… ; )
Thanks Madeline. I reckon fruit for breakfast and maybe a salted caramel sauce and whipped cream for dessert!
All I can say is WOW!! And please send some my way… 😉
Ha ha, thanks Stuart! All gone but easy to make!
Any way to have chocolate for breakfast is a super idea.
Oh wow these sound GOOD. I love it when things like this use real chocolate as well as just cocoa powder. Will definitely try these!
They are so good Becca, hope you love them too!
I have the same machine and love it. Always meant to try out the chocolate version!
This isn’t the chocolate recipe that comes with the machine, but I definitely recommend trying it!
What an amazing idea for waffles… I think these would make a fab dessert that’s just that little bit different! I really want to get waffling and get my hands on a waffle machine as i’m seeing SO many fantastic recipes around the blogosphere at the moment.
Yes it’s the era of the waffle at the moment, eh?!
I’m quite jealous of your fancy waffle maker, Kavey. I had an “emergency buy” of a Cuisinart one when the sad one that I previously literally fell apart in my hands, but it has no settings and the flimsiest on-off switch imaginable. I expect it will last, oh five more sessions. Anyway, this is a gorgeous looking dessert recipe, beautifully photographed. So glad I stopped by to investigate what you were up to my dear. I have just posted falafel waffles with chickpea flour on my site in case your Mum is interested. Gluten-free 🙂
Oh I’ll pass those on to mum, though i don’t think she has a waffle machine yet. She likes falafels!
I need a new waffle maker and so glad to have this excellent recommendation. These chocolate waffles look incredible!
It’s pricy but a really good model. In the first few years we were in our house, I tended to buy cheaper appliances, partly because that’s what we could afford. But now I would rather save for models with better performance and more functionality. On this occasion, I was fortunate to receive a review item, but having now played with this waffle a fair bit, I can wholeheartedly recommend it!
These look delicious, do you think they would work as well with white chocolate? I am very keen on making them for my family who love white chocolate!
Hi Lisa, honestly I’m not sure because white chocolate is really all cocoa butter / oils and no cocoa solids, so I don’t know what you’d replace the unsweetened cocoa powder with. However you could definitely replace the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips if that appeals.
Oh my goodness, I must make these in my waffle maker next. They looks so good.
They are rather wonderful and indulgent! Hope you like them!