I decided to make chocolate waffles one morning to try something different. The waffles were really good by themselves but wanted to turn them into something special the next morning. I love using my panini press. In my mind, any sandwich is better pressed! Nothing like a sandwich crusty on the outside and gooey in the middle. You can do this with any waffles and put anything in the middle. For this particular sandwich, I put nutella, banana and strawberry jelly inside. Since the waffles were chocolate (but no overpowering, have a faint taste of cocoa), I thought the nutella would compliment the waffles. The waffle sandwich was gooey, sweet and crunchy. I got the original waffle recipes from here at allrecipes.com. I didn’t make the hard sauce to go with it. I created a sandwich instead.
Child Friendly Tips: Have your child add all dry ingredients together. They can whisk the egg mixture together. Have them help you pick out the fillings and assemble the sandwiches. You can even make “mini” sandwiches and pick all different fillings such as different types of jelly, various spreads or even marshmallow fluff 🙂
Language concepts can include sequencing, describing, expanding vocabulary, discussing dry vs. wet ingredients, temperature (cold vs. hot), shapes (waffles have square shapes but the actually sandwich is a moon shape), colors, categories (banana is ____, eggs are _____), inferencing, problem solving, answering “wh” questions and actions. You can even work on literacy by printing out pictures of all of the ingredients, typing out the words and having your child match the word with the ingredient.
Here is how I made this chocolate waffle sandwich:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup 1 % milk (or any milk you want)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of coffee (if its not for the kids!, definitely optional)
1/2 banana sliced
1. Preheat waffle iron.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa. Use a whisk and if there are little clumps put it through a sifter or fine mesher colander.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk milk, eggs and butter until mixture is smooth.
4. Add egg mixture to flour. Mix until moistened.
5. Add to waffle iron and make waffles.
6. When finished with waffles, cut in half. Spread jelly, nutella and place banana pieces on top. Top with remaining half or waffle. Put in put in panini press.