We’ve been going strawberry mad in our house lately. Between harvesting our own from the garden and regular visits to the local pick your own farm, we’ve got a lot of strawberries to use up.
These waffles with strawberries and whipped cream are probably my favourite breakfast of all time. Mum used make them for special occasions like birthdays and when our friends came to the house for sleepovers.
Last month I made some healthy sugar free & gluten free lemon poppyseed waffles with fresh strawberry sauce, but there’s just something about waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream that makes everything right in the world. The warmth of the fluffy waffles topped with cool silky clouds of whipped cream, topped off with sweet syrupy strawberries = a whole lotta AMAZING in your mouth.
Mum used my grandmas special waffle maker. I have no idea what brand it was, but it’ll be a vintage piece now that’s for sure. The main thing I remember about it was that the waffles were nice and square, and they weren’t super thick like a lot of the waffle makers make nowadays.
The waffle maker I’ve had for years has been temperamental recently, so I was pleased to be invited along to an event with George Foreman Grills where I could test out their new Evolve Grill. I know what you’re thinking – what does a George Foreman Grill have to do with waffles? That’s what I thought too when I first received the invite, but then I realised that the George Foreman Evolve Grill was different than other grills. Why?
It can make waffles! AND brownies!
The Evolve Grill has interchangeable plates that allow the grill to do triple duty. The grill plates are ceramic coated which has proved to be a breeze to clean after the cooking is done. In addition, there are interchangeable waffle plates, and a deeper pan that’s suitable for a variety of things including omlets, pizza, and brownies. During the event we tested out the grill and deep dish plates, by making seared sesame tuna & pesto and beetroot pizza. Both were amazing, and I was impressed with how well the Evolve Grill performed.
Shortly after the event I was sent my very own Evolve Grill, along with a set of interchangeable waffle plates. I couldn’t wait to try them out. I didn’t have mum’s waffle recipe on hand, so I opted to try out Maison Cupcake’s Gluten Free Belgian Waffle recipe that she shared in last month’s Breakfast Club linky.
Recipe slightly adapted from Maison Cupcake
- 250g Strawberries, washed and sliced
- 2-3 Tbsp Castor Sugar
- 300ml Double Cream
- 2-3 Tbsp Icing Sugar
- 1tsp Vanilla
- 2 Eggs
- 300ml Whole Milk
- 80g Butter, melted
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 270g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
- 45g Caster Sugar
- Toss the sliced strawberries and 2-3 tablespoons of castor sugar into a bowl, and stir lightly to coat the berries in sugar. Set aside in the fridge for at lest half an hour so the strawberry syrup can develop.
- In a medium bow, place the double cream, 2-3 tablespoons of icing sugar and vanilla, and whip until medium soft peaks form. Set aside.
- Preheat your waffle maker (220ºC if using the Evolve Grill).
- Combine the the eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract into a medium bowl, and set aside.
- In a sepearate bowl, sift the gluten free flour and caster sugar.
- Slowly pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients while string constantly until most of the lumps are incorporated.
- Pour the batter onto the waffle maker, making sure not to overfill. Cook until golden brown according to the directions of your waffle maker.
- Serve with your fresh whipped cream and strawberries.
I like to consider these waffles breakfast, but they’ll easily double as a fantastic dessert.
So what did I think of the George Foreman Evolve Grill?
Pros: I love the fact that this grill has interchangeable plates. The fact that they’re removable makes them sooo much easier to clean, and the ceramic coating on the main grill plates means nothing sticks. Although I’ve yet to try baking brownies in it, the deep dish pan cooked my pizza surprisingly well. The waffle plates make larger waffles than most other square waffle makers on the market, so I feel these are the perfect size. Normally I would have forced myself to eat two square waffles, but with the evolve I’m quite happy to stick to one, as one Evolve waffle equals about 1.5 regular square waffles.
The fact that I could have this grill sitting on my counter top and cook 3 different ways in it is really appealing, especially since I lack storage space so the more uses I can get out of an appliance, the better.
I also liked the digital display screen and timing feature on the Evolve. My previous George Foreman grills didn’t have this feature, and I do find it really handy – especially during pre-heating.
Cons: The grill is on the large side, so if you’re counter top is small or cluttered it may be hard to find space for the Evolve in your kitchen. Compared to my other waffle maker, the Evolve takes considerably longer to cook my waffles to a nice golden brown colour, which also means you’ll get a crispier waffle.
Would I buy it? Yes, probably. If I was in the market for another electric grill, the Evolve would be near the top of my list because of the removable & interchangeable plates because they make clean up so much easier – they’re dishwasher safe too! At £149.99 the evolve certainly isn’t the cheapest grill on the market, so you’ll need to decide if the extra features & plates are worth it for you.
With thanks to George Foreman Grills for hosting the Evolve event, and providing me with the new Evolve grill.
And because this is a breakfast post, I’m submitting my waffles with strawberries and whipped cream to the Breakfast Club, this month hosted by Sarah over at Maison Cupcake, and co-hosted by myself.