Easy Ube Mochi Waffles Recipe (2024)

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Your Sunday deserves a chewy inside and crunchy outside Ube mochi waffles. Learn the step by step and make them by the stack while in PJs. This recipe is straightforward. By crossing between Japanese mochi and the luscious taste and texture of Belgian waffles, you will create the ultimate and most memorable homemade dish for breakfast.

Ube mochi waffles combine unique taste elements with exceptionally chewy centers to create a light, crispy, and amazing flavor combination perfectly suited for any palate. It has a sweet, nutty flavor that brings new life to the Filipinos' traditional purple yam.

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Ube Mochi Waffles - A Breakfast Delight That Doubles as a Mouthwatering Dessert

What is Ube?

Ube - [pronounced as "ooh-bay"] - is a type of purple yam. It is not the same as purple potatoes. This vegetable is trendy in desserts consumed by the Filipinos. It is a sweet-tasting vegetable that has a touch of a nutty taste. Use to create wide assortments of cakes, ice creams, and other types of sweet treats.

Sold in many different forms, the most popular – to date – is the "halaya," a type of sweet jam consumed alone or used as a type of spread for toast, bread, and other items.

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Are the Ingredients Difficult to Locate?

Depending on where you reside, the ingredients may be challenging to locate; however, most stores that specialize in Asian groceries and/or foods have all of them.

Continue reading to learn which ingredients you will need and where you can locate them.

Ingredients that may be difficult to find:

  • Ube Extract -You may find this on the baking aisle of the grocery store where you shop; however, this will depend on where you are located. If you have no luck, you may purchase this extract directly from Amazon.
  • Ube Halaya - If you know of an Asian market or other Filipino market types, you will be able to find this ingredient in the aisle that specializes in spreads and jams. If not, you will have to resort to obtaining this from Amazon online.
  • Sweet Rice Flour – I recommend using Mochiko. You can find this on the aisle in your favorite grocery store that sells Asian products. If not, you can purchase this at a market specializing in Asian foods or online at Amazon.

How to freeze Ube mochi waffles

This is an excellent question. I highly suggest that you continue reading this important information and that you engage in this process. These are a wonderful meal and may be placed in a freezer for 1-3 months.

  • Let the waffles cool down before storing.
  • You can flash freeze them for an hour until solid.
  • Then, transfer them into a Ziplock bag and squish out as much air as possible. You can use a straw to suck the air out.
  • Label with the date and place them back in the freezer; the waffles will last for up to three months.

Make ahead and freeze them

When cooking the waffles, you should not cook them completely if you plan to freeze them. Just prepare them in your waffle maker on a medium setting and cook halfway.

By undercooking, you can complete the cooking process in a toaster when you remove them from the freezer. This will provide the perfect crust on the outside and that chewy interior that we all love.

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How to Reheat Frozen Waffles

I usually reheat waffles in the air fryer since I rarely reheat them in large quantities.

  • Preheat the fryer at 360°F, place the frozen waffles in and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Note that I'm reheating mini waffles; therefore, time will vary depending on the size.
  • If you don't have an air fryer, try using a toaster. The reheating process is pretty self-explanatory. Position the frozen waffles and toast them over a preheated toaster on a medium-heat setting for about 2 or 3 minutes—time varies depending on the size.

Ube vs sweet potato

This is a special type of indigenous-based tuber that is known in the Philippines. It is known for its nutty and delightful taste and its gorgeous purplish coloring. Many confuse it with the widely-popular purple sweet potato, but it is an entirely different type of root vegetable.

The Okinawan sweet potato that is purple is often confused with the ube. This has pale, brownish-colored skin with a center that is a deep purple color. The roots of the ube have a darker-colored skin and a center that is light to rich purple.

One dessert that is widely popular based on their usage of the ube is the ice cream company, Magnolia. It is used on "halo-halo" and in several other products. Since the emergence of this, many other products are now sold that contain ube. These include milk teas, cheesecakes, cookies, and now, waffles!

Just try out the pancake and waffle mix at Trader Joe's sold as "Ube Mochi." Once you try it, you will crave this luscious and highly-distinguished flavor. It is effortless to create ube waffles – all on your own – that has a crispy crust and a chewy, gooey inside that will amaze you!

Using Ube puree or Ube halaya

Due to its immense popularity, it's been a challenge to locate the fresh roots at the local Asian grocery stores. If you look through the freezer section, though, you will be pleased to find that most are selling ube puree in packets.

These packets contain real ube and not processed. If you use this in recipes, we recommend purchasing several packages to store in your freezer. If you cannot locate these fresh puree packets, you may buy "ube halaya" jam as an alternative for your ube recipes.

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Pro Tips:

  • When you use the puree packets, it is best to combine some water not to be as thick. If it is too thick, you will not end up with the chewy and light-textured ube waffles you crave.
  • It is common, during the cooking process, to become very thick. You often see this in other instances, such as the cooking preparations for taro milk tea when boiling the taro root and the purple-colored sweet potato.
  • To increase the flavor and the purple tint, just add ube extract to your recipe. While these are sold in artificial varieties, we suggest getting fresh ube extract for your recipes. You will instantly find that the taste is enhanced and that the coloring is exceptionally bright and vibrant.

Pro cooking tips

I have now – successfully – made several dozens of these wonderful tasting waffles. I am going to share my secret tips on creating the most pleasing ube waffles:

You will need several different flours. These include tapioca starch/flour, all-purpose flour, and rice flour.

Combining these three flours will create a lovely balance when it comes to the crispy outer layer and the chewy, tasty centers for this recipe.

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Note:

  • If you add a larger amount of tapioca flour, you will have a chewier waffle.
  • If you add more rice flour, you will have a crispier crust.
  • The all-purpose flour helps in creating the overall softness and general density of your waffles.

Vietnamese and Asian supermarkets are selling all of these flour varieties.

Glutinous rice vs regular rice flour

Remember, glutinous rice flour and standard rice flour are completely different. You should never substitute one of these flours for the other. If you try to use glutinous rice flour, your waffles will come out quite sticky.

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  • You should mix the puree, ube extract, and the water before adding it to the other wet-based ingredients. This way, the puree will evenly distribute in the recipe.
  • Always sift your flours before adding to your batter; this will ensure no lumps in your batter.
  • Once you have prepared your batter, you should leave it on the counter to rest for about an hour. This will aid in the baking powder's overall development. It will have a slight bubble to it and will be much smoother if you take this step.
  • To evenly cook the waffles, make sure you cook at medium heat to medium-high heat. If you have a waffle timer, use it. I typically wait about 30 seconds longer after it indicates completion to ensure that I have a nice crisp on the finished product.
  • Once your waffles are done, place them on a cooling rack so that they may rest for about 30 seconds. Doing this helps the exterior become a bit crispier. Serve them immediately after that to enjoy the best in both texture and taste.

Make ahead and storage tips

If you like, you may pre-make the batter for your waffles and store it in your refrigerator for a couple of days before use. It is also possible to freeze any leftover cooked waffles for 1-3 months.

Just be sure the container is air-tight. When ready to eat, place them in the toaster. You will be amazed at the flavor!

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Importance of using a kitchen scale

Flour is known to compact when you use tools. The other ingredients require volumetric measuring. To ensure that your recipe is accurate, you should use a kitchen scale.

Chewy mochi inside and crispy outside Ube waffles

If you would like to create an extra special breakfast treat, follow this recipe – which makes a chewy mochi inside and a crispy, golden-brown outside ube mochi waffle.

Grab these ingredients

Ube Halaya Mixture:

  • 134 g Ube Halaya (or Ube puree)
  • ½ c water
  • 1 tablespoon Ube extract

For Waffle Batter (wet ingredients):

  • 1½ cup milk (or use 13oz in can coconut cream)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil (use the neutral oil)
  • Ube Halaya mixture (from above ingredients)

UPDATE for Wet ingredients: I realized that the batter is a bit liquidy, so for my second attempt, I decided to experiment by [

ADDING ONLY the HALF AMOUNT of the batter wet ingredients into the dry ingredients

].
I used (1.5 cups + 2 tbsp), the result of the mochi texture turned out perfectly. Therefore, I ended up creating a new set of waffle batter (dry ingredients) and used the leftover (for wet ingredients).

For Waffle Batter (dry ingredients):

  • 290 g Tapioca starch
  • 70 g all-purpose flour
  • 73 g rice flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

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Step by step instructions

For Ube Halaya Mixture:

  • Combine ube halaya or ube puree (if using) and ube extract by adding them to a bowl and whisking in your water very slowly. Make sure it is mixed as evenly as possible. Add the puree first, then the extract. Set aside.
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For Waffle Batter:

  • Take a large mixing bowl and beat your eggs. You should then add your cooking oil and your choice of ube halaya mixture, milk (or coconut cream). Mix thoroughly.
  • Sift the three flours together with baking powder. Then add salt and sugar (or sweetening alternative) to the bowl.
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  • Use a spatula or even a spoon composed of wood to mix both the wet and the dry ingredients. There would be a few lumps when done so, don't over mix.
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  • Cover the batter that you have created and allow it to rest for an hour. If you are pre-making the batter for cooking the waffles on another day, it is at this point; you can move the mixture into the refrigerator. If you do this, move it to the counter to sit for 20 minutes before cooking.
  • Reheat the waffle maker on a medium-high setting – this is optimal for this recipe. However, if you're using a DASH mini waffle iron (this is the waffle maker that I used for this recipe), just plug it in, no temperature setting option.
  • Spray or brush some oil. Fill it to your preference. I used an ice cream scooper or a disher and fill it with about 1 tablespoon batter; I like my waffles to look edgeless as per pictures.Since I was using the [mini waffle maker], I set the timer for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. The Mochi waffle came out very nicely.
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  • Once the waffle is ready, remove and place it on a cooling rack before serving.
  • Let the waffles cool down a bit and serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
  • If you have leftovers, place them in an air-tight container and the freezer for up to a month. When you are ready to eat them, use the toaster to heat.

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Ube Mochi Waffles Recipe

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Your Sunday deserves a chewy inside and crunchy outsideUbe mochi waffles. Learn the step by step and make them by the stack while in PJs.

Servings: 20

Prep Time 8 minutes minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes minutes

Resting time 1 hour hour

Total Time 1 hour hour 33 minutes minutes

Equipments:

  • Waffle maker

  • ice cream scooper

Ingredients:

Ube Halaya Mixture:

  • 134 g Ube Halaya (or ube puree)
  • ½ c water
  • 1 tablespoon Ube extract

For Waffle Batter (wet ingredients):

  • cup milk (or use 13oz in can coconut cream)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil (use the neutral oil)
  • Ube Halaya mixture (from above ingredients)

For Waffle Batter (dry ingredients):

  • 290 g Tapioca starch
  • 70 g all-purpose flour
  • 73 g rice flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

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Instructions:

For Ube Halaya Mixture:

  • Combine ube halaya or ube puree (if using) and ube extract by adding them to a bowl and whisking in your water very slowly. Make sure it is mixed as evenly as possible. Add the puree first, then the extract. Set aside.

For Waffle Batter (Wet Ingredients):

  • Take a large mixing bowl and beat your eggs. You should then add your cooking oil and your choice of ube halaya mixture, milk (or coconut cream), or your extract. Mix thoroughly.

  • In a separate bowl, sift the three flours together with baking powder. Then add salt and sugar (or sweetening alternative) to the bowl. Set aside. (Read the next step below for UPDATE).

Mixing Dry + Wet Ingredients:

  • UPDATE: For my second attempt, I decided to experiment by [ADDING ONLY the HALF AMOUNT of the batter wet ingredients into the dry ingredients]. I used (1.5 cups + 2 tbsp), the result of the mochi texture turned out perfectly. Therefore, I ended up creating another set of waffle batter (dry ingredients) and used the leftover (wet ingredients).

  • Use a spatula or even a spoon composed of wood to mix both the wet and the dry ingredients. There would be a few lumps when done so, don't over mix.

  • Cover the batter that you have created and allow it to rest for an hour. If you are pre-making the batter for cooking the waffles on another day, it is at this point; you can move the mixture into the refrigerator. If you do this, move it to the counter to sit for 20 minutes before cooking.[**See Notes below.]

Cooking the Waffles:

  • Set your regular-sized waffle maker on a medium-high setting – this is optimal for this recipe. However, if you’re using a DASH mini waffle iron(this is the waffle maker that I used for this recipe), just plug it in, no temperature setting option.

  • Spray some oil. Fill it to your preference. I used an ice cream scooper or a disher and filled it with about 2 tablespoon batter; I like my waffles to look edgeless as per pictures.

  • Since I was using the [mini waffle maker], I set the timer for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. The Mochi waffle came out very nicely. Once the waffle is ready, remove and place it on a cooling rack before serving.

  • Let the waffles cool down a bit and serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

Notes:

If you have leftovers, place them in an air-tight container and the freezer for up to a month. When you are ready to eat them, use the toaster to heat.

UPDATE for Wet ingredients: I realized that the batter is a bit liquidy, so for my second attempt, I decided to experiment by [

ADDING ONLY the HALF AMOUNT of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients

].
I used (1.5 cups + 2 tbsp), the result of the mochi texture turned out perfectly. Therefore, I ended up creating a new set of waffle batter (dry ingredients) and used the leftover (wet ingredients).

Recipe adapted from hungryhuy

Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

Did you make this?I would love seeing what you've made! Tag me on Instagram @theforkbitedotcom or leave me a comment or rating below.

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: mochi waffles, ube mochi waffles, ube waffles

Easy Ube Mochi Waffles Recipe (2024)

FAQs

What are ube waffles made of? ›

The two key ingredients for these ube mochi waffles - mochiko flour and roasted, mashed ube yam or purple sweet potato. Koda Farms mochiko flour is my fave to use. I used Stokes purple sweet potatoes from Frieda's produce, but if you can find ube yams use those instead for true ube.

What to serve with ube waffles? ›

To serve place some fresh cut mangoes and a dollop of our homemade coconut ube whipped cream on top of your waffles and enjoy! If you have extra waffles put them into a plastic Ziploc bag and freeze them. These will keep in the freezer for a month or two.

What are mochi waffles made of? ›

Mochi waffles have a lovely chewy texture on the inside and also has a crispy outside for a perfect balance. The main ingredient are : tapioca flour , coconut milk , eggs , oil , all purpose flour , non dairy cream.

How do you make waffles crispy and not soggy? ›

Grease the Waffle Iron With Cooking Spray

If you're looking for how to make crispy waffles in a waffle maker, try using cooking spray instead. Cooking spray won't burn as rapidly as butter, and will help achieve that satisfyingly crisp outside you crave.

Why is ube so delicious? ›

Ube, meaning tuber in Tagalog, is a purple yam originally from the Philippines. Different than the purple sweet potato, it has an even sweeter, more mellow taste than its orange relative.

What flavor goes best with ube? ›

Combine ube flavoring with other tropical flavors like mango or coconut for unique dessert experiences.

What fruit tastes good with ube? ›

A few fruit flavors that pair particularly well with ube are:
  • Mango.
  • Apricot.
  • Guava.
  • Orange.
  • Pear.
Dec 2, 2022

What is ube flavor? ›

What Does Ube Taste Like? The distinct ube flavor is slightly nutty with a hint of vanilla. It has a coconut-like aroma that lends itself well to dessert items. Ube is most often boiled, mashed, and mixed with condensed milk to bring out its sweetness.

What is the difference between mochi waffles and regular waffles? ›

Mochi waffles have a golden-brown exterior that is crunchy when it is done. On the outside, they are soft and chewy, likely due to the sticky texture of the sweet rice flour. This is a texture that most other waffles simply cannot boast of.

Who makes waffles and mochi? ›

Waffles + Mochi was produced by Higher Ground Productions, the production company founded by former President and First Lady of the United States Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. It is one of the first programs to be made by the company for Netflix.

What is inside mochi? ›

Mochi sweets or mochigashi (餅菓子) are traditional Japanese confectioneries made from glutinous rice, non-glutinous regular white rice, kudzu starch, or bracken starch. Many kinds of mochi sweets are stuffed with red bean paste, but there are some that do not include the red bean filling.

What is the secret to making good waffles? ›

Here are some tips:
  • Strike while the iron's hot. If your waffles come out pale and soft, it could be because the appliance isn't hot enough. ...
  • Whip your whites. ...
  • Opt for oil instead of butter. ...
  • Try a yeasted-waffle recipe. ...
  • Add cornstarch. ...
  • Finish them in the oven.
Apr 9, 2022

What is the secret to making crispy waffles? ›

3 Tips for Making Crispy Waffles
  1. Make Sure Your Waffle Iron Is Hot. A hot waffle iron makes a huge difference when it comes to crispy waffles, even more than brushing the iron with butter (though that is, of course, delicious). ...
  2. Swap Half the Buttermilk for Milk. ...
  3. Bake the Finished Waffles in the Oven.

Can I use pancake mix for waffles? ›

You must double the amount of fat you use for the pancake mix. For example, you use 1 tablespoon of butter per cup of dry pancake mixture. Instead, add 2 tablespoons of butter to ensure the crispiness of the waffle. However, we recommend using oil over butter.

What is ube flavor like? ›

Ube's flavor has been described as earthy, sweet, and nutty; a breath of vanilla with a wisp of soft pistachio. This mild and slightly sweet flavor makes it a favorite for desserts, whereas most other tubers are used in savory dishes.

Is ube made out of sweet potato? ›

For the uninitiated, ube (pronounced ooh-bae) is a starchy vegetable also as known as a purple yam. But it is not the same as purple sweet potatoes, though they are similar and can be substituted in recipes. Ube is often confused with Stokes Purple sweet potatoes or Okinawan sweet potatoes which are also purple.

What is Ube ice cream made of? ›

Ube ice cream is a Filipino ice cream flavor prepared using ube (purple yam) as the main ingredient. This ice cream is often used in making the dessert halo-halo.

What does ube taste similar to? ›

Taste and Texture

Both ube and Okinawan sweet potato have a similar sweet, earthy flavor, with ube carrying hints of pistachio and vanilla.

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