Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Waffle Calzones

So, what do you do in the summer when you want pizza, but you really don't want to turn on the oven? (Or in my case, you can't because your oven is out of commission.) You pull out your waffle iron, of course! I used my calzone recipe without modification, other than how it was cooked.

And I actually like the texture better of these waffles, the iron gives it a perfect crust! And they are really fun for kids!

Waffle Calzones
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon fast-rising yeast
1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3 cups GF flour blend
1 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 cup additional warm water
Pizza Sauce
Pizza Toppings (pepperoni, cheese (daiya cheese), Canadian bacon, veggies, etc)

Preheat waffle iron (I set mine to the highest setting, but it may be because I have a cheap crappy waffle iron). In a small bowl mix together water, yeast, honey, oil, and vinegar.  Let sit for 5 minutes to proof.

In a stand mixer, combine flour and salt.  Add in the yeast mixture and mix on low until combined.

Add in enough additional water to make the dough sticky but stay together as a ball.  This won't be the typical gluten-free bread dough which is a thick, sticky batter.  It's does actually resemble regular bread dough, but is quite a bit sticky. Some days I don't need to add anything, other days I could add up to a 1/4 cup to get the right consistency.

Once the consistency is right, mix it on high speed for 3-5 minutes.

Place the dough on parchment paper that has been sprinkled with GF flour. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form each into a ball. Roll out each ball into a circle about 1/8" thick and about 9-10" in diameter. (note: I made the calzones one at a time, because it meant moving that dough, just once)

Top one half of the dough with a little pizza sauce and toppings of your choice, making sure to leave space around the edges to seal it.

Fold the dough over and press the edges together.

Transfer the prepared calzone to the greased waffle iron and cook for ~8 minutes or until the calzone is cooked through (cook times will very much depend on your waffle iron). Prepare the next calzone, while the first is cooking.

Serve with additional pizza sauce, or ranch in my families case.

Makes 4 large calzones (which was just enough for 2 adults and 2 hungry little boys).

This post was shared on Allergy Friendly WednesdaysWaste Not Want Not Wednesdays, and Gluten Free Fridays.


  1. Such a great idea!!! Wow! Can't wait to try this out on my kids - they'll probably never want me to make calzones the "regular" way again!

  2. I love using a waffle iron for everything, but I didn't think about using it for pizza! The kids will love this!

  3. This is genius! I use waffles whenever i want a sandwich. Making my own bread is time consuming, but waffles are easy peasy! I cant wait to try this!

  4. OMG THESE LOOK AMAZING!!! No, scratch that, BEYONDDDD amazing!

  5. This is such a great idea!!! I am truly obsessed with my waffle iron and look for any and every reason to use it. And I love that this gives me a reason to use it for dinner. Yum!!!

  6. What a brilliant idea@! I can't wait to try this on my kids - they love waffles, AND pizza!

    Thanks for sharing with Waste Not Want Not Wednesday!

  7. Well, this is clever. My kids have been asking for waffles. Just wait until they try these!