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I want to make both pancakes & waffles for breakfast, but only need one recipe's worth and don't want to bother making 2 types of batter. I have both pancake & waffle recipes that I like, but I'm wondering if it would be possible to use the pancake batter to make waffles or vice versa. I'm guessing that it would be better NOT to use my waffle recipe that calls for beating the egg whites separately, but rather to use the recipe that uses just a whole egg (King Arthur Flour's whole wheat waffles). Has anyone tried this mixing and matching?

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  1. You can use a pancake batter in your waffle iron, but it won't be as good as using waffle batter.

    1. Mixes are either/or. I am partial to Kodiak Kakes whole wheat mix, equally good for flapjacks and waffles.

      1. Best all-round commercial mix I've found is Krusteaz. While their pancake mix is slightly different than the waffle mix, I suspect that using the pancake mix, dividing it into two parts and adding 1/4 tsp. of sugar for each waffle would make up fairly well for the differences.

        1. I always make pancakes with separately beaten egg whites folded into the batter; in fact I use a waffle recipe from Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Book for my pancakes because they're so light and fluffy. so give it a try.

          1. My take on this is that the main things that differentiates the two batters is the amount of oil/butter in it. So I would suggest making the pancakes first, then add some butter/oil and make the waffles. That fat is what gives the waffles their crispiness.

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            1. re: escondido123

              If you check the nutrition label on most commercial pancake/waffle mixes you may find that the waffle mixes actually contain less fat than pancake mixes.
              Prayer breakfast "chef" this morning used Krusteaz pancake mix as it comes from the box for waffles. Turned out fine.