Wonderful Waffle Irons

Our busy lives demand time-saving tricks whenever we can find them. But some things, like homemade waffles, are worth the extra time and effort.

Waffles have been the main attractions on breakfast tables and buffet bars for many years. They are served for breakfast with butter and syrup, and for dessert with fresh fruit and ice cream. Some people eat waffles covered with beef gravy for dinner. There's really no end to the many ways you can enjoy this tasty treat.

People around the world have enjoyed waffles for generations. In the beginning, waffles were made by pouring a batter made of barley onto a crude griddle, and baking a toasted cake. This initial method quickly progressed into the modern waffle iron that we enjoy today.

There were changes to recipes and equipment. Some people were fond of baking their family crests into the waffles. Technology advanced to develop easier ways of baking waffles, and new appliances were introduced to the market.

With a good recipe for batter and a proper waffle iron, you can easily make delicious home made waffles. Every waffle iron consists of a basic design. Two metal plates are hinged at a centre point. These metal plates are heated, and the batter is poured onto the bottom plate. Then, the top plate is folded over to create an "oven" to bake the batter.

In years past, waffle irons were heated over flames. The batter-filled iron was held over an open fire with attached tongs as the waffles baked. Thankfully, today's cooks have electric waffle irons that are simpler to use, easier to clean and handy to store.

Waffle irons are available in many sizes and the indentations on the surfaces of the baking plates can come in a variety of shapes. Shopping around, you'll find waffle irons that decorate your waffles with circles, triangles or traditional squares. Serve heart-shaped waffles to your Valentine, or bake the face of a favorite cartoon character right in to your kids' waffles. Some waffle irons have removable plates, allowing you to change the design to suit your mood.

One of the most popular waffles today is the Belgian Waffle. Waffle lovers discovered these delicious treats around 1965. Since then, people have devoured them at mealtime, snack time and at carnivals. Belgian waffles are baked using special irons that have deeper indentations on the plates. The result is wonderful, deep crevices that hold fresh fruit, maple syrup, whipped cream, and even chocolate chips.

Homemade waffles are easy to make and taste so much better than their frozen cousins. If you love the flavor and aroma of hot, fresh waffles, do yourself a favor and buy a waffle iron. You'll never go back to toaster waffles again!

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