For many people, waffles and pancakes are staple breakfast favorites which share so many similarities. They are accompanied with fresh, melted butter, and tasty syrups. These breakfast foods can satisfy your weekend brunch. They contain flour, egg, and leavening and they are both served for breakfast. The typical waffle is a close cousin of the pancake, they are very much related, but still, there are still some differences between waffles and pancakes and we will look at them here.
Pancakes are round and they can be cooked without pouring butter, mold, or spooning into the hot griddle or into the hot frying pan. Also, the size of the pancake will depend to a large extent on how much batter you use and the thickness of the batter too.
The shape of waffle on the other hand, is determined by the shape of the waffle iron. Waffle irons come in different shapes, both square and round. Some waffle iron produce fluffier waffles like the belgian waffle irons, while others produce thinner, crispier waffles. You can learn more about belgian waffle makers here.
Waffles contain more fats than pancakes (due to the addition of oil), and this helps to produce the crispy exterior of waffles. Waffles also have more eggs than pancakes, this makes them lighter, when compared with pancakes. In the case of some waffle recipe, the egg white and egg are separated, and the egg white is beaten until they become stiff, then they are folded into the batter after the yolks have been stirred. This makes fluffy and very light batter.
Pancake batter produces a more cake like and denser product. You can make pancakes with waffle batter and waffles with pancake batter, but the end product will be different from the traditional recipes for the two. They are not going to share a striking resemblance.
Pancakes are cooked on a griddle or in a hot skillet and they usually aren’t as crispy as waffles while waffles are made in a waffle iron. The waffle irons are heated on both sides which allows the batter to cook quickly and bring out the waffle’s characteristic indentations. The waffle iron produces a cake that is tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
On a final note, maple syrup and butter are the traditional toppings for both pancakes and waffles. The topping soaks into the pancakes and pool in the indentations of waffles. You can equally use fruit syrups like blueberry. Waffles can also be used to make desserts, layered instead of shortcake with whipped cream and strawberries.