I have always been fond of waffles, we have them about once a week. Last year my husband bought me a new waffle maker, not that my old one was broken or anything. He said, "I had earned a bigger better waffle maker". I love my new waffle maker it makes two Belgium waffles at a time and is certainly BIG.
If your considering a new waffle maker you should think about how much you are actually going to use it, every week or only on holidays. The good ones are expensive, don't get me wrong they are well worth the money.
Bigger is better when selecting a waffle maker. You need a waffle maker with mass, to heat up and retain the heat evenly when removing the waffles as they cook. The shape is also important, round waffle makers will always make better waffles they cook and heat up more evenly. These are the basics, then there are details that are nice like a timer, ready light, beeper when done the list goes on...
I sell waffles at the Farmer's Market so stop by and taste my Belgium waffles. A package of 2 large waffles is $5.00. They freeze very well and can be reheated in the oven, toaster or microwave for a quick breakfast.
Waffles are basically quick breads, made with flour, butter, milk, and eggs. I have tried many different waffle recipes but my favorite came from a friend and it uses yeast to create a light Belgium waffle.
Link to....Belgian Yeast Waffle Recipe
Cooking a Better Waffle
1. Spice It Up
To the Belgian Yeast Waffle recipe, add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. allspice and 1/4 tsp. ginger this will give your waffles a holiday flavor. A tablespoon of lemon or orange zest is always nice in any season.
2. Grease Your Waffle Iron
Unless your waffle iron is reliable for giving you a clean release, make sure you give it a good coat of butter or oil before starting.
3. Know How Much Batter To Add For Each Waffle
My old waffle maker made shallow-pocket waffles and needed about 1/2 cup batter for a square 5 inch waffle. This new one takes twice as much, 1 cup of batter, to fill the deep pockets. The best tool to use is a medal scoop, I use my #8 size which is 1/2 cup. Take the time and learn your waffle maker's optimal capacity so you will have no waste and perfect waffles each time.
4. Know When Your Waffles Are Done
A good clue is the amount of steam given off. When the waffle quits giving off steam it's usually ready. Some models have a light or a timer, that will help you judge when it's ready. Never try to lift the iron to check on the progress it will tear your waffle in half, I know from experience.
5. Serve Immediately
Waffles cool down quickly so serve them right away. If you need to keep them warm put them into the oven, right on the oven rack, at 200 degrees. This will keep them crisp and warn until you are ready to serve them.
Dig into your pantry and drag out that old waffle maker and fall in love with waffles again. Your family will love you for it.