This Ensaymada and Ham Recipe Is What You Can Do with All Your Leftovers

December 29, 2018

Tell us if we’re missing something, but when we think of holiday leftovers, we think of queso de bola and Christmas ham. Since you may know there’s little we hate more than food waste, we decided to do a recipe that will help you get rid of these items that’s not just stuffing them in pandesal.

We went for an ensaymada flavored waffle, that’s heavy on the butter and sugar just how it should be (because the diet doesn’t start until January anyway). So while you’re killing time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, try making these waffles for your fam while watching your favorite holiday flick. Or Bird Box. Whatever.

Ensaymada & Ham Waffles

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Special tools: Waffle Press


First Bowl

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp. milk

Second Bowl

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup ham, chopped


  • ½ cup queso de bola, grated
  • Syrup, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, whip softened butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and milk, and continue to whip until fluffy.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and coconut milk.
  6. Add the dry mixture into the wet gradually, whisking to avoid lumps.
  7. Whisk in melted butter and ham until combined.
  8. Heat a waffle iron and spray generously with oil or butter.
  9. Place spoonfuls of batter into the waffle maker and close.
  10. Cook until waffles are golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  11. Remove from maker and set waffles on plates.
  12. Serve waffles with dollops of buttercream, grated cheese, and syrup.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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