The Difference Between Waffles and Pancakes

The Difference Between Waffles and Pancakes


If there’s a big, fat lie in waffledom, it’s that good waffles can be made from pancake batter. Sure, pancakes and waffles both contain eggs, flour and leavening, and they’re both served for breakfast. But differences abound.

— Pancakes may be brown on the outside, but they’re floppy, soft and spongy, with an interior that looks a lot like cake.

— Waffles, on the other hand, are crisp on the outside and light on the inside, like beignets, funnel cakes, hush puppies or doughnuts. In short, waffles are fried, only instead of being immersed in hot oil, they are encased in hot-oil-covered metal.

A few points about waffle batter:

Waffle batter contains a higher percentage of sugar (for caramelization) than pancake.

Waffle batter includes a bit more fat (for a crisp exterior) than pancake.

Even with all of this knowledge concentrate, I don’t think one breakfast item is better than the other, so make both:

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    Michaela deSousa

    1. pancakes are defined incorrectly. You are thinking of American pancakes which are not even the standard for pancakes around the world.
    2. Pancakes are defined as a mix of milk, flour, and eggs combined into a cake either with toppings or fillings for thicker pancakes. If thin they are usually rolled up with the toppings mostly on the inside. If thicker they tend to lay flat. The fact that I am Gluten free and know more than this says a lot.

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