We haven’t had waffles for some time but they are the perfect pudding for a cold evening when family visit. Everyone was relaxed and snug around the table in the kitchen.

Our waffles were served with a choice of Shropshire prune purée, apple purée, maple syrup or ice cream.

I find making waffles a good way to entertain and engage small children. This is a very good recipe, taken from Signe Johansen’s excellent book, Scandilicious.

230g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
70g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
70g melted butter

Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and then stir in the rest.
Stir it together until it becomes a sticky batter, reluctant to drop from a spoon. Set the batter aside for at least half an hour for the flour to swell. Butter the waffle iron and let it heat up until the butter bubbles and then pour a ladle of the waffle mixture over the sections of the iron. Close the lid and let cook until the waffles are brown and crispy on the outside. Sprinkle over sugar and serve hot.

Waffles Shropshire prune apple purée maple syrup ice cream Allotment Kitchen Susan Williamson illustrator Carrie Hill