* First week of September is “National Waffle Week”
* Check out these four unique waffle makers for a fun twist on a breakfast classic
* Triple down on maple syrup
Waffles have their origin between the 9th and 10th centuries, when special irons were used to cook communion wafers with imagery of Jesus and the crucifixion. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 14th century that the first recipe for a waffle was recorded. Over the centuries, the recipes and technology used to prepare the popular pastry evolved until 1918, when General Electric introduced the first commercial waffle maker.
Dry batter mix from brands like Aunt Jemima and Bisquick didn’t come until the 1930s. In 1953, the Dorsas brothers introduced the world’s first frozen Waffles: Eggo. But National Waffle Week isn’t about history. It’s about eating delicious waffles. With that in mind, we rounded up a few of our favorite products to help you celebrate.
1. Will It Waffle?
Basic batter mixes are always popular, but what if you want to think outside the waffle box? Look no further than this cookbook by Daniel Shumski. It offers 53 “irresistible and unexpected” recipes that you can make in a waffle iron.[caption id="attachment_71803" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Image courtesy Amazon[/caption]
2. A Technological Take
Bring the millennia-old tradition of waffles into the 21st century with the Keyboard Waffle Iron. The keyboard waffle iron is a real shortcut, allowing simple waffle cooking in as little as five or six minutes with five easy steps. It features durable die-cast aluminum construction and can be used to make hash browns, brownies and more.
3. A Vertical Version
This highly-rated waffle maker has a unique vertical design that helps you make foolproof Belgian waffles by evenly distributing the batter over the non-stick waffle plates. Preparation is easy; indicator lights and an audible alert let you know when your waffle is ready. It’s the best way to get a perfect waffle every time.
4. Even the Dark Side Loves Waffles
You won’t believe the waffle-making power of the Dark Side. Whether you prefer them topped with fruit, smothered in syrup or paired with fried chicken, they’ll be a little more exciting when they look like the Death Star. Sturdy stainless steel construction, five temperature settings and dual indicator lights mean that even though this waffle iron is fun, it’s still as formidable as Darth Vader himself.
5. Cookin’ It Old School
Ideal for gas burners and campfire stoves, this cast iron waffle maker does it the old fashioned way–with no electricity required. It takes up little space in your cabinets and is easy to pack for your outdoor adventures.
6. Must-Have Maple Syrup
So you’ve made your waffles, but what to top them with? Try the Maple Syrup Collection from Bushwick Kitchen. Mountain Maple is a rich reboot of the classic, while Cinnamon Maple and Spicy Maple shake it up. They all taste so good, you’ll have trouble deciding which is your favorite.
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