We had waffles for breakfast, using our new waffle iron. You wouldn't believe the trouble it took yesterday to find a plain, basic waffle iron. Most of them were either belgian wafflers- which I didn't want, or fancy ones with interchangeable plates to make pocket sandwiches- also something I didn't want. J14 finally spotted this one up on a top shelf. It was a plain, 4 waffle iron. No bells and whistles and inexpensive- just what I was looking for. I found it interesting that the store didn't have this one out as a display. They only had the fancy, expensive ones out as display models. But this was just what we were looking for and at $20, definitely in the right price range. One nice feature is that it locks together and can be stored on end so it doesn't take much space to store.
There is definitely a learning curve here- to find out how much batter is enough but not too much, how long is the optimal baking time, etc. We also need to find a recipe that we like. I tried 2 different recipes this morning. The first tasted okay but didn't rise very well and the waffles tended to be flat and soggy, no matter how long I cooked them. They didn't rise well enough to make good contact with the top plate. At first I thought I hadn't put in enough batter but even with more batter in the next round they were still soggy. The second recipe I tried was one I have had my eyes on for years, from a cookbook that was a gift from one of V's sisters years ago (the Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook). It is one for oat waffles using buttermilk. It definitely performed better, the waffles were fluffy and crisp- it also has much less fat in it- 3 tablespoons of butter as opposed to 1/2 cup of oil. I also like the fact that it has whole grain rolled oats. I'm not sure how well the boys will like them. Maybe next time I'll have to tweak the recipe with vanilla or something else, right now they are plain.
But it's a start! The boys liked them and said that they would be an okay substitute for Eggos. I guess I have a new job as waffle maker now.