With the winter holiday season approaching many people are looking to make a special meal for their family. I love to make my family brunch. There are so many different options. One of my favorite things to make are waffles.
There are many different waffle irons on the market. You can get a traditional waffle iron, a Belgian waffle maker and even those that will make waffles in different shapes including Mickey Mouse. The same batter is used for all of these waffle makers and the shapes allow you to make the waffles look more interesting. Look for a waffle maker that has non stick grids. Waffle irons that do not have removable grids are easier to use and to clean. Removable grids cause more hassle then they are worth.
Waffles can be the start of any meal including dinner. Waffles can be used in place of bread and can be the base of meal such as Turkey Ala King. Waffles can even be used with different sauces to make a desert.
There are many different types of waffles that can be considered to be Belgium but the one that many people know is the Brussles Waffles. They became well known in the United States in 1964 at the New York World Fair. The Belgium waffle has larger squares and deeper pockets. The original batter for this type of waffle was yeast based.
Before using a waffle iron be sure to read the instruction booklet that comes with it. These will contain directions, tips, and even some waffle recipes.
The best waffle maker 2015 will be should be non stick since this will be easy to use and the waffle will come right off of it. The waffle maker will have an indicator light so you will know when the waffles are ready as well.
Before making the waffle batter be sure to plug the waffle iron in. This will allow it time to get hot. The iron will have an indicator light which will turn on when it is ready to be used. Some may even have red or green lights. The red light means the iron is not hot enough and the green light stated that it is ready. Many waffle irons will only have one light. When the batter is put into the iron the light will go off. This is normal since the batter may cool is down slightly.
Even with a non stick grid waffle iron lightly spray it with vegetable spray before making the first batch. Put about a half cup of batter in each section. More or less batter may be used depending on the size of the waffle maker. Put the batter in the middle and close the lid. This will spread out the batter. When the steaming stops the waffle should be read. The average cooking time for a waffle is about two and a half minutes.
These recipes below will help you get started making waffles. You can add some things to the basic recipe to make it interesting. Buttermilk can also be used instead of regular milk. Sugar, vanilla, and spices can add some flavor as well.
Basic Waffle Recipe
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups milk
– 2 cups flour
– 1 tbsp. baking powder
– 1 tsp. salt
– 1/3 cup butter, melted
Be sure to plug in the waffle iron before staring the batter. Begin by separating the egg yolks from the egg whites. In a food processor put the milk, egg yolk, flour, baking powder, salt, and butter. Pulse the mixture until it is moistened. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff. Gently fold them into the waffle batter. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. Put a cup of this mixture into the waffle into in the center of the grids. Close the iron and let it cook 1-2 minutes. Remove the waffles. This recipe should make about 6 waffles.
– ¼ cup butter
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– ¼ tsp. nutmeg
– 2 cup fresh blueberries
– 2tbsp. lemon juice
– 1 tbsp. cornstarch
Put butter, sugar, nutmeg, and blueberries in a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Mix the lemon juice and cornstarch. Add to mixture. Cook until thickened. Serve over waffles.
– 1 cup flour
– ¼ tsp salt
– 1 tbsp. baking powder
– 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
– ¼ cup butter
– 2/3 cup sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 1 cup milk
Preheat the waffle iron. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa. In another bowl mix butter, sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk. Cook on the waffle iron 1 to two minutes.
These recipes will help you get started and you can customize them as you please. Be sure to read the directions on the waffle iron before using it. Waffles are great for breakfast but they can be used in other meals as well as snacks.