I did not grow up in a household that made real waffles but always wanted them as a kid. Frozen Eggos were all I got which were OK but I always knew there was a more impressive waffle world out there. Well that foodie world still eludes me.
I have attempted to make this Classic Waffle recipe for years! I know the recipe is great when it comes to ingredients. When it comes to cooking, I am lost! I made half the batter, always scared to do the whole thing in case I totally screw it up again. The batter is easy. Just flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in one bowl. Egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla in another. Stir to combine. Easy!
It is the damn waffle-making part I screw up. I either put too much batter in or or too little. Too much and the batter oozes out the sides of the wafflemaker. Too little and it looks freaky and is more likely to burn! And how long do you keep them in there?
I watched this Youtube video and the lady said to put in half a cup of batter for each square which is what I did. I guess her squares were much bigger than mine because I had an oozing mess! I also left them in too long because they got so dark and turned into dry cardboard. Ugh! Even the manufacturer’s instructions are no help. It is as if you are supposed to intuitively know how to cook them. Yeah right! I seem to be waffle-challenged.
This is the only cooking appliance my husband has not wanted me to waste money on. I was determined to prove him wrong and ended up asking my mother-in-law for a waffle maker for Christmas one year. I was so excited that she bought it for us and I have been trying to make waffles ever since. I think so far I have made one batch I was happy with. The worst was trying to recreate the blueberry Eggo waffles I grew up with, they burst and burned all over the iron and it was a nightmare to clean!
I am not giving up mind you. No way! I am still going to get these right, just got to figure out what I am doing wrong. Any advice would be appreciated.
Do other people have waffle woes like me or am I the only one?
Debra She Who Seeks says
All I remember from my Mom making waffles is: don’t put too much batter in and wait til the steam stops coming out from under the waffle iron lid. Waffles are great but they truly are more trouble to make than they’re worth in the long run.
Sorry, can’t help you on the waffle making challenges, never made them. You’ll never be able to recreate the blueberry Eggo either, cause sadly, they use little blue sugar bits in the waffles, it’s not real blueberry.Sigh:( (But they’re still my favourite flavour!) Your waffles do look yummy in the picture though, pass the butter and the syrup please! I know you never give up Suzie, prove your husband wrong, I know you can do it.
You want waffle advice? I can give it to you. Not because I am an expert per se. Its a standard camping (yes camping) recipe as wll as every other weekend for my daughter). Cast iron pan or plug-in pan, it doesn’t matter. Waffles are hard to eff up. Lemme know. I’ll email you a recipe thats better than the one you have and all the details of when its done etc.
(its the one thing i can actually *do* well every time)
I cannot make waffles! I have tried a lot of times at home but it’s usually up to chance whether they turn out right or not. I’m hoping to remedy this problem sometime here at the school. I can work a breakfast/ lunch shift at the cafeteria and ask the chef if we can make waffles.
I don’t think it’s you or your batter, it the waffle maker. If you can get your hands on a Waring Pro model http://www.waringproducts.ca/en/waring_product.php?cat_id=1&item_id=14 , even just to borrow for a bit, you’ll see the huge difference. For one, there’s a temperature control to set how dark you want them to be. Also if you put in too much, it’s easy enough to clean off or gets caught in the tray underneath. Third, it beeps at you to tell you when to flip it back and take them out.
No guessing, just indulging!
Brandi Lemons says
I have a bella waffle maker it works great the light comes on to tell you when they are done. I just use the same recipe as homemade pancakes and add a half a cup of oil… I try to leave my batter a little runny. You can also add choc chips for a special treat!