Waffle Dogs are one of my favourite snacks in the Philippines when I was growing up. When I was in 2nd year high school in La Consolacion, Caloocan, I buy this treats before I catch a jeepney to go home in Malabon. Sometimes when I’m vacationing in Navotas, in the afternoon a neighbour across the road, would set up their portable cart and starts selling Waffle Cheese/Dogs and small serves of Nachos. There were only hotdog or cheese or corn fillings in those days, but now this elongated waffles are being offered in different varieties as savoury or as a sweet snack/dessert.
I have longed for a Waffle Dog machine for years now, here in Australia, but I think there’s still no market for it. Last year, I happen to saw a portable waffle dog maker in one those website catering for Filipinos who live overseas. To my delight (at that time!) this particular website offers PayPal and assured me that the machine will work in Australia (with a adaptor plug). Me, being impatient and too excited (when am excited logic part of my brain doesn’t function properly), I paid AUD$120 for the machine including handling/postage. It was the biggest rip off, I tell you. I got the machine alright but what really annoys me is they double…no tripled the charge for the handling/postage as they only posted it as ordinary package. Oh well that’s life, sometimes when things bite you in the ass, it does not just give you a nip, it really bite you with its fangs and all. The reason why I’m telling you this bad experience of mine, is just to give you a small warning that you should be always careful who you are dealing with when buying over the internet. This company name sounds like the big international auction website (no relations) but base in the Philippines and they don’t do auctions but sells merchandise online. I will only deal with them again when pigs learns to fly.
So, here’s my 2nd attempt on making Waffle Dogs……
1 pkt of Filipino Hotcake and Waffle Mix
1/2 kg of Hans Lil’ Frankies
Complete the rest of the ingredients as indicated at the back of the pancake/waffle mix box. Follow the directions on mixing the batter as instructed. I have poured the batter in a large squeeze bottle for a clean and easy pouring on the waffle maker molds.
Warm up the waffle maker as instructed in the manual and lightly brush with melted butter. I’ve filled up just about 3/4 of the bottom molds and placed a whole mini hotdog on each. Pour some more batter on top and close the lid. What I did was kind of rotated the machine so that the top and bottom switched places. Most of the cooked waffles were not whole, so frustrating!
Another style I did was tilt the top half of the waffle maker and filled it up with batter half way and waited for a couple of seconds till it bubbled and then tilted the waffle maker to its normal position and quickly filled up the bottom molds with batter and hotdogs and shut the lid. This method was quite messy, as the extra batter poured out from the waffle maker everywhere. It did produce full well molded waffle but a bit on the dark side.
This Waffle Dog expedition of mine needs major tweaking, I have tried using home made pancake batter (1st attempt), it was too fluffy soft. I will try a yeast batter next time and will post the results in the future how this one goes. Does anybody have any suggestion on filling up the waffle maker’s molds without the messy goo flowing out and what techniques should I do to achieve the perfect waffle dogs without missing bits? Please I beg of you, if you know something…please let me know as I’m in the verge of chucking this machine out my kitchen window.
P.S - I didn’t have the chance on taking a picture of the ugly Waffle Dog batches as we gobbled it all up and saved the nice ones in the end.
Another P.S – Kath from A cupcake or two, made me crave for Waffle Dogs again from her Jas My Waffles post, wish Brisbane have a shop like that and I bet you, I’ll be one of their regular customer.