Waffles have been around since the 9th-10th century. They made their first appearance in Greece. Made from grain flour and water, they were known as “communion wafers” and usually had the image of Jesus or a biblical scene. Finally around the 11th century, people realized they needed more flavor. Honey, butter, and orange blossom water were added to give more taste to the bland wafers.
During the 14th century in the French medieval guidebook, Le Ménagier de Paris (The Paris Household Book), there was a waffle recipe with three variations on that recipe. This is where waffles started to get some pop and taste good. Leave it up to the French.
The 15th century is when waffle irons started to evolve. Europe was totally getting their waffle on. Each country had their own recipe and way to eat it. Thanks to the Dutch, America got into the waffle game and decided maple syrup would be a good pairing. Waffles were such a hit in New York and New Jersey, there were parties known as “wafel frolics”. Doesn’t that sound fun? People coming together to chow down on waffles and all kinds of toppings.
Fast forward to now. So many waffle makers are collecting dust until that one day someone really wants a waffle. When I received 150 Best Waffle Maker Recipes From Sweet to Savory, I was like what?! Who knew that a waffle maker could have so much going on? I imagine the authors, Marilyn Haugen and Jennifer Mackenzie, locked themselves in a secret dungeon with waffle makers to come up with such unique recipes.
The book is a big changer for the kitchen gadget. The goal is to turn the waffle maker into a 24/7 appliance. The mission has been accomplished, because you will never look at a waffle maker the same way again. Now anyone can feel like Martha Stewart with one appliance.
If you don’t have a waffle maker just yet, there are a few things to keep in mind when you go to purchase on. Know that Belgian waffle makers are all about making thick waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. A standard waffle maker thanks thinner and crispier waffles minus the fluffy insides.
In the book there are some traditional waffle recipes such as buttermilk, multi-grain, and cornmeal. Where the book really gets good is when it goes into all of the things that you can make besides waffles. Have you ever thought about making a pizza or sandwich with a waffle maker? I know, I hadn’t. Some of the recipes include: Garlicky Cheese Bread, Korean-style Waffle Cakes, Morning Waffled Cinnamon Rolls, Waffled Western Omelet, Canadian Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich, Crispy Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aioli, Chicken Cordon Bleu, etc. Not to mention the dessert such as the S’more Waffles and Cannoli Croiffles. Those are just some of the things you can make.
The first recipe that I attempted was the Waffled Western Omelet. Long story short, it’s an omelet that looks like a waffle, yet still taste like an omelet. It was pretty awesome. Quick, easy, and very little clean up. Kitchen magick in full effect.
This book is everything. Not only is it fun, but so creative. Your waffle maker will become your BFF after you pick up a copy.