Waffle

Waffle

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Waffles have been known and loved in Europe for hundreds of years, their popularity having extended more recently to North America and other parts of the Western world. French waffles, or gaufres, are made from a light spongy batter and emerge from the specially patterned irons puffed, crisp and golden. They are usually sweet and served piping hot with a flavoured butter cream. Scandinavian waffles are often heart-shaped, honeycomb-patterned and served with lingonberries and sour cream or fresh butter. Belgian waffles are sometimes made with a yeast batter and served with fresh strawberries and a very light fluffy cream. But perhaps more familiar are waffles American-style. These are eaten as either a sweet or savoury and at any meal from breakfast to supper.

To prepare a waffle iron: Follow the manufacturer’s directions for seasoning an electric waffle iron before using it for the first time. Once seasoned, the plates usually need not be greased or washed. Simply brush them to remove any crumbs after use and wipe the outside of the iron with a damp cloth.

To cook: Heat the waffle iron until the indicator shows it is ready to use. If using a non-electric iron, heat until a splash of water on its surface sizzles dry. Do not grease because most waffle batters contain enough butter not to need it. Put the batter into a jug. Pour enough batter onto the bottom plate to cover about two-thirds of the surface. Close the lid and cook for 3–4 minutes. When the waffle is ready, the steam will have stopped coming from the side and the top will lift off easily. If it does not, leave for another minute to finish cooking.

Ways to use waffles: Have savoury waffles at breakfast or brunch with eggs, ham, bacon or sausage; top them with grilled (broiled) tomatoes, kidneys, mushrooms or cheese; or for lunch top with any creamed vegetable, poultry or ham mixture. Serve sweet waffles at any time with butter and honey or golden syrup; jam and whipped cream; ice cream and caramel or chocolate sauce; butter, lemon or orange juice and sugar; whipped cream and fresh or stewed fruits; or as do the Canadians with unique, delicious maple syrup.

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