If you haven’t heard of the mash up between flaky croissants and a waffle iron, you’re missing out! Not to mention, this recipe is beyond simple and quick for those busy mornings. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a croffle.
Ever since my kids were itty-bitty, they have loved waffles.
They love them so much that they often beg me as I’m putting them to bed to make them. My apple pie croffles are a family favorite!
The only thing they love just as much as waffles are fluffy pancakes made in the cast iron.
Decades ago, my Nene made a waffle syrup just for our family. She taste tested it and crafted it so we could have something special to drizzle over our waffles.
That syrup might be part of the reason my kids love waffles so much, but I also think the little squares help, too.
With my kids’ love of waffles, I knew I wanted to have a similar breakfast option that they would enjoy just as much.
That’s where the croffle comes in and boy is it delicious!
What is a croffle?
A croffle is, basically, a marriage between a croissant and a waffle iron.
The flaky, pastry layers puff up and fill the little squares of the iron and get the perfect crispy outer edge.
The croffle was created by an Irish pastry chef and it eventually became quite popular over in Korea.
Why you’ll love this simple croffle
You will love this croffle recipe because it is dead simple and you can elevate the recipe as you desire.
This can be made in its simplest form or you can put your hand to the task and make the pastry dough yourself. It’s totally up to you!
- Croffles only require 3 ingredients
- They are completely customizable
- You can make croffles quickly
- There is no need to dirty your kitchen
- The croffle can be made to fit your current waffle iron
What you’ll need to make croffles
You’re about to find out how simple these really are. You only need three ingredients to make this simple breakfast dish.
- Frozen Croissants– You may also grab frozen puff pastry if you don’t have frozen croissants in your store. Your frozen croissants will need to be thawed before using in this recipe. Alternatively, you can make your own pastry dough, which isn’t difficult, it just takes time.
- Sugar– Any type of granular sugar will work for this recipe. I used regular sugar and this coats the outside and helps give the croffles a sweet glaze on the outside that caramelizes when it hits the hot waffle iron.
- Maple Syrup– Once your croffles are cooked, drizzle over maple syrup and enjoy!
Make Croffles in 4 easy steps
- Roll your croissant pastry dough in sugar. Be careful not to push down and squish the pastry layers down. The sugar should willingly stick to the dough.
- Preheat your waffle iron and spray it once it is heated with non-stick spray or coconut oil.
- Place one croissant in the waffle iron and close it until cooked through. If you’re like me and you made your croffles small enough, you can cook two at a time!
- Remove croffle, pour on some maple syrup, and enjoy!
How to use puff pastry for making croffles
If you cannot find frozen, raw croissants or you want to have a semi-handmade dough, then you can use puff pastry.
This is really just as easy. You just have to cut and roll the sheets of puff pastry to look like a croissant.
- Roll out your puff pastry dough on a very lightly floured counter. Don’t flour the pastry too much. All you are doing is keeping it from sticking while you work with the dough.
- Slice your dough into long, skinny triangles you can roll up to look like a croissant.
- Take one triangle at a time and roll them up. Starting with the wide end of the puff pastry, roll it up gently until it is rolled into a croissant.
- You may use this as you would for the rest of the recipe!
Can I make my own croissants for croffles?
Yes, you may make your own dough for the croissants.
Pastry dough isn’t difficult to make, but it does require time and patience to get those beautiful, buttery layers you are wanting.
Ingredients for homemade pastry dough
- 1/4 cup warm Water
- 1 packet active dry Yeast
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 14 tablespoons cold, cubed Butter
- 1 large Egg
- 1/2 cup room temperature Milk
Steps for making homemade pastry dough
- Add warm water, yeast, and a tablespoon of sugar together in a bowl. Cover it with a tea towel and allow it to foam for 3 minutes. Once foamy, add the rest of the sugar, the milk, and the large egg in the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon.
- In a food processor or bowl, add the 2 1/2 cups flour. Cut the cold butter into cubes and pulse in the food process with the flour. If you don’t have a food processor, cut the butter it the flour with a fork or pastry cutter.
- Combine the flour mixture and liquid mixture. Fold the ingredients together until they are all moist. Do not over mix.
- Pour the wet dough onto a layer of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 4 hours.
- Remove the dough and lay it on a floured surface. Roll it out into a rectangular sheet. Fold the dough into thirds like a letter. Next, fold the narrow side up to meet the middle of the rectangle. Fold the top side down so that it folds over the bottom fold. Your dough should have three layers to it now. This is how you get the flaky pastry is by layering the dough over itself.
- Roll your dough out into a rectangle again. Turn your dough and fold it the other direction in the same way- into thirds. Do this rolling, turning, folding technique three times.
- Wrap your dough once last time and refrigerate it for an hour.
- After an hour, you will pull out your dough, roll it into a rectangle, slice it into long triangles and roll it as you did the frozen puff pastry above. Start with the wide end of the triangle and roll it up.
- It’s now ready to use for your croffle.
Toppings for Croffles
- Homemade whipped cream
- Berry Syrups
- Fresh fruit
- Ice cream
Frequently Asked Questions about Croffles
A croffle is pastry dough rolled like a croissant and pressed in a waffle iron until golden brown on the outside and filled with flaky layers on the inside.
You can use a grill pan and press the pastry dough down with a waffle press or spatula until the croffle is cooked all of the way through. You will have to flip it half way through cooking to ensure both sides are done. If you aren’t set on the waffled look of the croffle, you could create the same final product with a panini press.
You will need to use a pastry dough of some sort to get the layered effect of a croffle. The folding of pastry dough and butter is what gives those delicious, flaky layers when cooked.
Allow a raw frozen puff pastry to thaw until it is pliable. Cut the pastry dough into triangles. Roll the dough from the wide side of the triangle to the tip of the triangle. Cook the rolled pastry in a hot waffle iron that has been sprayed so the croffle doesn’t stick.
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Basic Croffle Recipe
- waffle iron
- 1 package frozen puff pastry dough
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Slice the puff pastry into long, skinny triangles. Each section of the puff pastry should be sliced so that it forms two triangles per section.
- Roll up the puff pastry starting at the wide end of the triangle and roll it to the short end. You should end up with 6 triangles per puff pastry sleeve.
- Heat your waffle iron until hot.
- Roll your puff pastry croissants in granulated sugar.
- Spray your waffle Iron with non-stick spray.
- Cook 1 to 2 croissants at a time, depending upon the size of your waffle Iron.
- Serve with maple syrup.
- Fresh fruit
- Ice cream
- Berry Syrups