Waffle making has come a long way in the past 60 years. With the advent of ready-to-eat from many fast food outlets and ready-to-heat frozen waffles from supermarkets, the Nation's appetite for these treats has just grown. So who still makes waffles from scratch at home? Well, if truth be told, anyone who believes in the better quality of home cooking in general and waffle aficionados in particular.
There are two types of waffle and any individual waffle maker machine is designed to only make one type of waffle. The classic waffle that we as a nation have historically known, is the thin and crispy American waffle with fairly shallow pockets designed into the top. This is traditionally one of the country's most favored breakfast time dishes. The second type of waffle was introduced to the United States in the 1960's at the World Food Festival in New York. This is the Belgian Waffle and is thicker, while retaining a crispy brown surface and has deep pockets on top that it can accommodate large dollups of whipped cream, syrup, jam or the savoury addition of such things (or so I've been advised) as bacon and sausage. In the intervening years, the Belgian waffle has become as popular, possibly more popular, than its American cousin.
So having decided on your preferred type of waffle, you need to choose a waffle maker. Today, the electric waffle maker machine far out-sells the traditional waffle iron which was basically two cast iron plates held in a flat pan with long handles that was used on top of a cooking stove. These are still available, but give far less control of the baking process and can be rather messy to use. The following video shows the many features of a modern electric waffle maker:
Today's electric waffle makers not surprisingly address the heat source issue by having heating elements designed into the pan that holds the two grid plates. This allows for far greater control of the whole baking process.
The waffle making process is dependent on starting with the right batter mix. It is down to personal preference and taste as to whether you make the batter from scratch or buy ready-to-cook from a store.
The key to making perfect, reproducible waffles each time is then to find a machine that gives you all the control of the process that you personally want.
Most electric machines come with removable, non-stick plates, which not only ensure a clean removal of the waffle from the machine when ready, but also help with the washing up afterwards.
As with any baking machine, you need to try your chosen waffle mix several times in your new waffle maker machine, adjusting the various control settings until you have the exact specification which gives you the perfect waffle that you want to reproduce each time. You will the find that if you stick to that exact process every time, you will get perfectly reproduced waffles every time , no matter how many hungry mouths you are trying to feed.
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