The Great Australian Bake Off

Go all out with fried chicken and bacon cheddar waffles, served with your choice of white pepper gravy or spicy tabasco maple syrup.


  • Waffles

  • 4 eggs

  • 4 cups plain flour

  • 3 ½ cups milk

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tbsp white sugar

  • 8 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 6 pieces of streaky bacon, diced

  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

  • Unsalted butter for cooking

  • Fried chicken

  • 4 skinless chicken thigh fillets

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 cups plain flour

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • ½ tsp ground thyme

  • ½ tsp onion powder

  • Sea salt flakes

  • Pepper (ground)

  • 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)

  • White pepper sauce

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 3 tbsp plain flour

  • 1 cup milk (plus 2 tbsp for adjusting thickness)

  • 1 tsp white pepper

  • Table salt

  • Black pepper (ground)

  • Tabasco maple sauce

  • 6 tbsp maple syrup

  • 4 tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp Tabasco sauce

  • Sea salt flakes

  • Decoration

  • 2 spring onions – sliced/chopped


  • Fried chicken:

  • 1.

    Place the chicken thighs in a bowl with the buttermilk and set aside for 20 minutes.

  • 2.

    Heat the oil in a pan.

  • 3.

    Combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, ground thyme, onion powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.

  • 4.

    Roll and press the chicken in the flour mixture, coating thoroughly.

  • 5.

    Fry chicken for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  • 6.

    Remove from the oil and set onto a wire rack over some paper towel.

  • 7.

    Once the oil has drained, shred the fried chicken and set aside in a bowl.

  • Waffle batter:

  • 1.

    Start by dicing the bacon and lightly frying in a pan.

  • 2.

    Set aside to cool until needed.

  • 3.

    Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

  • 4.

    In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla and oil and mix until combined.

  • 5.

    Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the milk mixture.

  • 6.

    Whisk by hand until combined and smooth.

  • 7.

    Add the cheddar cheese and bacon, making sure some bacon grease also combines and stir through.

  • 8.

    Cover and set aside in fridge for 20 minutes.

  • White pepper sauce:

  • 1.

    Melt the butter in a saucepan, add flour and whisk together.

  • 2.

    Once combined, slowly add the milk and whisk until smooth.

  • 3.

    It will thicken as you stir. If you want a thinner gravy, add a tsp of milk at a time and mix.

  • 4.

    Take off heat at desired thickness. Add the white pepper, a pinch of salt and a small crack of black pepper.

  • 5.

    Stir, and set aside.

  • Tabasco maple sauce:

  • 1.

    Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until combined and smooth.

  • 2.

    Set aside.

  • To assemble and cook waffles:

  • 1.

    Grease a square waffle iron with butter.

  • 2.

    Spoon some batter into the pan, enough to cover the waffle shape. Cook for 5-10 minutes. Once waffle is cooked, transfer to a warm oven to rest until serving.

  • 3.

    Serve waffles topped with fried chicken, spring onions sprinkled on top with a side of white pepper gravy and tabasco maple syrup.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (30 servings)

  • Energy 360kj
  • Fat Total 22g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Protein 11g
  • Carbohydrate 27g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Sodium 312mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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