|Stove top Waffle Iron|
I have a stove top Belgium waffle iron that has been under utilized for years. I take it out rarely to make waffles for an occasional Sunday brunch. So I decided to use it for some favorite foods. Mostly because it seemed like a much more healthy alternative than frying. And the geometric shape of a waffle is unexpected and fun. There's something about waffle geometry and the transformative power of the waffle iron that turns (almost) any recipe into an adventure.
The stove top waffle iron was patented by Dutch American inventor Cornelius Swathout on August 24, 1869 and its anniversary is celebrated as National Waffle Day. The Belgium Waffle was brought to the US at the New York World's Fair in 1964 by Brussels restauranteur Maurice Vermersch based on the recipe that his wife developed during World War II. I remember the first time I had a Belgium waffle with ice cream and stawberries- it was at the Big E in the mid 70's. I thought it was AMAZING. You will find that the following Belgium waffle recipe is just as amazing because it is light and airy on the inside and has a slight crunch on the outside. Mother's Day is tomorrow, and if you are planning on making breakfast or brunch, you might want to consider this classic favorite.
|Waffled hash browns with poached egg|
So, I've fallen in love with my waffle iron all over again recently and discovered that it can be used for any number of foods. One of my favorites is hash browns! If you don't have time to make them from scratch, you can use tater tots- they work just as well. Serve with a poached egg on top and you have a real breakfast winner. I've also discovered that you can waffle the following:
Dumplings / Pierogies / Ravioli
Mac & Cheese
What are you waffling about? Get creative, be adventurous, and surprise your family with something unexpected and fun!
Classic Belgium Waffles
|Belgium Waffles with Strawberries and Syrup|
4 eggs, separated
1/4 c. sugar
1 t. salt
6 T. butter, melted
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 1/3 c. milk
Beat egg whites until stiff; set aside. In mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat milk, egg yolks and butter and add to dry ingredients. Beat until batter is smooth. Fold in egg whites. Bake in waffle iron until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes.