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I have a silicone waffle mold for use in the oven. I'm not expecting to get anything like what I'd get from a real waffle iron, but even with low expectations I've been quite disappointed: my oven waffles end up either limp and soggy or dried out and half-burned.

Any tips to make them crispier? The one useful tip I've found so far is to tip them out of the mold halfway through, which at least gets some color on the sides and top.

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    honestly you are better off throwing some frozen waffles in a toaster or air fryer
    – eps
    May 20, 2023 at 23:53
  • @eps: You could use this silicone mould to make waffles to freeze. When I make waffles and have more batter than people are hungry for, I under-cook the last one so it can be frozen and finish browning in the toaster later. May 22, 2023 at 10:12
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    Do as I do. Make the waffle, then drop them in the toaster to crisp up.
    – Steve
    May 22, 2023 at 22:12

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You will never ever get crispy anything out of a silicone baking dish. Silicone conducts heat too poorly; it won’t be able to bring the surface of the food far above boiling temperature, which is necessary for a crispy crust (without completely desiccating the food).

Instead, cook at a relatively low heat. Once the waffle is done, remove it from the dish, increase the oven temperature to high, and convection cook it for a few minutes directly on the rack. That will crisp it up.

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  • Yes, as noted in the question I'm already doing that, although I need to try adjusting the temperature as well. But the texture is still very different from a real waffle. May 20, 2023 at 21:30
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    It’s a good thing you’re not expecting to get anything like a real waffle, then.
    – Sneftel
    May 20, 2023 at 21:44
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    Tried switching from 220C/oven to 250C grill after removing the waffles from the mold, and the end result was measurable better. Thanks! May 21, 2023 at 0:39
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    "Silicone conducts heat too poorly". I've always wondered why silicone cookware is soooo popular; it just doesn't make sense for anything except utensils and oven mitts.
    – RonJohn
    May 23, 2023 at 18:22
  • @ronjohn Is there some reason desiccation wouldn't be considered viable? It works for pie crusts, and the critical parameter for "crispiness" in sensory profiles is in fact controlled by water activity, is it not?
    – Arctiic
    May 26, 2023 at 7:19
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Duplicated a comment reply by the question author to Sneftel's answer so it isn't at risk of deletion:

Tried switching from 220C/oven to 250C grill after removing the waffles from the mold, and the end result was measurable better.

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  • Please don't. I've flagged this for deletion. -OP May 21, 2023 at 11:45
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    This is clearly the correct answer, since it's the one that actually solved OP's problem.
    – fectin
    May 21, 2023 at 15:57
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    @lambshaanxy This is a completely legitimate answer. Comments can be deleted at any time, so PLEASE do NOT put what solved your issue in a comment. Put it in an answer instead.
    – Nzall
    May 21, 2023 at 20:33
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    @lambshaanxy: If you want to post your own answer about that technique, then it would be a appropriate to ask someone else to delete their answer which just exists to quote your comment. Unless / until you do that, though, this answer should stay. It's ok that you didn't initially think your comment was worthy of an answer, but it's not up to you to decide that nobody else can post it an answer that quotes it with attribution. If you later decide that you do want the credit for it as an answer, that's fine, but like I said you should post it as an answer first before requesting deletion. May 22, 2023 at 10:15

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