Homemade Bubble Waffles

I know I’m behind the bubble waffle craze, but I still had a serious case of FOMO (which I know is also a dated word at this point), and had to see what was what.  Oh, Instagram, you cruel, cruel mistress.

Bubble Waffles

What Are Bubble Waffles?

Bubble Waffles originated in Hong Kong, and started getting super popular a few years back (aren’t you impressed with me knowing that something started getting popular a few years before I chose to write about it?  #notamillentialforsure). 

They are very often served folded into a cone shape, with ice cream – a newfangled waffle cone (and now I using a word like newfangled to further establish my modern-day relevancy).  They are cute and they are delicious. 

What Are Bubble Waffles Called?

Wel, bubble waffles for sure. But they also are referred to in Cantonese as gai daan jai (雞蛋仔). In English they also sometimes get called Egg Puffs or Puffles, or sometimes eggette, pancake balls, pancake waffle, egglet, and puffle. In New York City, and other cities with robust Chinatowns, they might be called Hong Kong cakes.

Bubble Waffles

What is a Bubble Waffle Pan?

The bubble waffle pan I used is from Pampered Chef. It heats on the stove, but electronic versions are available.  

How to Use a Bubble Waffle Pan

To use a stovetop bubble waffle pan, spray each side of the waffle pan with nonstick spray. Pre-heat the Waffle Puff Pan on medium heat for 3 minutes. Pour in ¾ cup of waffle batter, making sure to fill all the bubbles. Flip the waffle maker over and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the waffle maker again and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.

If you have an electric bubble waffle maker, plug it in and follow the machine’s directions.

Serving Bubble Waffles

I decided to serve mine in more traditional waffle format (lazy? who’s to say), but still keep to the ice cream thing.  And go for the gold in terms of toppings – a full on dessert waffle.  These days we will take any simple pleasures that are available to us, and this – this is a lovely if slightly guilty pleasure.

Bubble Waffles: Cute and fun and delicious, these are also sometimes get called Egg Puffs or Puffles.

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Bubble Waffles

This is in fact the waffle my younger son orders when we go to a diner on a weekend and he is in breakfast mode.  And of course this is not exactly a reasonable breakfast.  But sometimes I am an indulgent mother.  Also if he’s not ordering this he is ordering a Cobb Salad so I feel like things even out.  Also he is a skinny 17 year old boy, and I figure he should eat waffles with ice cream and chocolate sauce (or strawberry topping!)while he can, because I surely am not ordering such things at my stage of life.

What Is the Difference Between Regular Waffles and Bubble Waffles?

Bubble waffles usually have more egg in the batter, which make them more pliable, and give them a slightly eggier taste. They are thinner than regular waffles, and again, they are often shaped into cones while still warm, and then used to hold ice cream or other fillings.

How to Shape Bubble Waffle Cones

When you remove the waffle from the pan, while it is hot it will be soft and pliable.  As it cools it will crisp up, so make sure – if you are making it into a cone or another shape – to mold it while warm so it will hold the shape you form it in.

Bubble Waffles

Variations: 

Chocolate Waffles: Add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder to the dry ingredients.

Bubble Waffle Add-Ins: Add up to ¼ cup of crushed cookies, cereal or pretzels.

Bubble Waffles

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Bubble Waffles

Cute and fun and delicious, these trendy waffles are also sometimes get called Egg Puffs or Puffles.
Yield: 2 People

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt; whisk to combine. In another bowl whisk together the egg, sugar, milk, water, butter and vanilla. Whisk the egg mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined.
  • Spray each side of the waffle pan with nonstick spray. Pre-heat the Waffle Puff Pan on medium heat for 3 minutes (if you have an electric bubble waffle maker, plug it in and follow the machine’s directions). Pour in ¾ cup of waffle batter, making sure to fill all the bubbles. Flip the waffle maker over and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the waffle maker again and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove with a fork and top with your favorite toppings, or mold into a cone shape while it's still warm, and fill with ice cream when it is cool.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 518IU | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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Posted Jul 20, 2020

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  1. Any chance I could skip buying another appliance I would rarely use and just do these in my regular waffle iron?

    1. yes, but it won’t have the bubble waffle texture, and will be thicker. You would have a harder time forming it into a cone, but if you just want to make straight waffles this batter will work fine!

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