It has fast become normal for people to enjoy the delicious taste of waffles at breakfast time and even later in the day. Some still use ready-cooked frozen packs from their home freezer, or even go out to a take-away for hot, freshly made ones to bring back home. The more savvy people however have found the secret to obtaining hot, freshly made to personal preference waffles, to be the latest kitchen gadget - the modern Home Waffle Maker machine. Every waffle-loving, busy family should have one.
Having decided it is time to purchase one, how or where do you start? The first thing you notice is the range of products available and the large number of manufacturers and suppliers offering them. This video is typical of those you will find if you simply put 'Best Waffle Maker' into the Google search engine:
Choosing between each machine on the market gets difficult because for every product will have several such video reviews, each one suggestion different important features and each one suggesting different good and bad points. So what is need is a short guide to the generic features to look for when first assessing the market.
It is easy for a waffle maker machine to be incorporated into any lifestyle, but it is a personal choice as which features will work best for you.
Basically a waffle maker consists of two cast iron plates which have mirror-image indentations, so that when the plates come together, shaped cavities are formed, within which the waffle batter is deposited and the whole is then heated to conclude the baking process. This concept has not changed in centuries, but the method and material used certainly has. Grid irons on an open fire, or on tops of stoves are no longer the approach of choice.
The modern waffle maker is designed to look good in the modern kitchen and to be practical. It is electrically heated and has non-stick plates, which when taken with an aluminium or stainless steel casing, means it is easy to clean after use. It is however deliberately weighted, in order to ensure the grid is held down against the batter, so as to produce the right crispy all-round finish to the fluffy waffle.
The standard approach is to offer a machine that can stand on a counter top, so that the top plate hinges upwards, the batter is spread over the base plate and the top plate is then closed down on to the batter. This relies on the weight of the top plate to bear down on the batter and which then spreads out evenly through the grid. These are identified as 'single position' waffle makers.
Ensuring even distribution of heat through the batter is important, so some companies offer a 'Flip' model, whereby after being loaded as previously, the whole pan containing the plates is rotated through 180 degrees. Thus gravity has a 'two sided' effect to ensure the even distribution of batter.
Classic versions of waffle makers tend to be suitable for baking a single waffle at a time, albeit that the pattern on the grid irons could be designed to naturally form a number of smaller ones within the over all patten. To speed up the process where a number of waffles are need, some models come as a 'double waffle maker'. These simply are designed to have two identical pans within the same machine, thus doubling the output in any given time. This is useful for families or party gatherings, but come at a higher cost, heavier weight and larger footprint that requires more storage space.
Which ever type of waffle maker meets your needs, I'm sure you will have many moments of shear joy as you bite into the delicious, sweet and crispy breakfast waffle.