Celebrate International Waffle Day today, March 25th. International Waffle Day originated in Sweden, and has since been adopted by the U.S. In the U.S., August 24th is considered Waffle Day, but we love waffles so much, we can’t wait. On Waffle Day in Sweden, millions of Swedes sit down to a waffle breakfast. Here in the States, waffles are eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you don’t believe that, just stop into a Denny’s any hour of the day or night.
How to Make Batter for Waffle Day
The best waffles begin with good batter. Here’s a solid basic waffle batter recipe to use:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs, medium
- 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, honey and butter.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
- Pour the egg mixture into the well.
- Use a wooden spoon to gently combine all the ingredients.
- Use right away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Note: You can substitute 2 teaspoons of sugar for the honey if you like.
What to Look for in a Waffle Iron
The second key to making excellent waffles is using a quality waffle iron. You might think that waffle irons are all the same, but that’s not true. Here are some things to look for in a waffle iron.
Thickness of the Waffle
Waffle irons can make waffles in two thicknesses, so you need to decide what thickness you prefer. Thin waffles cook faster, but they can quickly get soggy beneath heavy sauces like gravy or maple syrup. Thin waffles are easier to get crispy though, so if you like a good crunch in your waffle, look for a waffle iron that makes the thin style.
Thick waffles are also known as Belgian waffles. These are typically a little smaller in surface area, and their thickness means they take a little longer to cook. Thick waffles can withstand syrups and gravies better. They’re also more suitable for making creative waffles, like stuffed waffles or waffles with savory ingredients like cheese or spices.
Modern waffle irons all come with non-stick coating. However, not all non-stick coating is the same. For one thing, you now have a choice between Teflon coating and ceramic non-stick coating. Coating is applied in layers. To save money, some manufacturers may skimp on the coating, which leaves it more vulnerable to scratches over time. It’s better to pay a little more for a waffle maker from a name brand because the coating will likely last longer. Note: Never use sharp objects with your waffle iron. Use a wooden or rubber spatula when necessary to remove the waffles. Also, a light mist of oil on the coating before pouring the batter helps the waffles release easier.
Some waffle irons have cook settings that you can adjust depending on how golden brown you like your waffles. This is a nice feature, but remember you can get the same results just by using your kitchen timer and remembering how long you like to cook your waffles. This isn’t a feature worth paying a lot more for, in our opinion.
It’s now possible to get a waffle iron with a flipper feature. This feature is marketed as helping achieve even browning on both sides of the waffle. Again, unless you’re making waffles for a critical crowd, this isn’t really a feature that is necessary or worth paying extra for.
Waffle irons that come with interchangeable plates help turn your waffle maker into a sandwich maker. This is a great added feature that adds value to your waffle iron. Some interchangeable plates are available in special shapes like hearts, which is nice if you like to put waffles in your kid’s lunchbox. In our opinion, it’s worth it to pay a little more for a waffle iron with interchangeable plates.
If you only make waffles for yourself, a waffle iron that makes many waffles isn’t worth the extra space on the countertop. But if you have a family to feed, it’s a huge time savings to be able to make multiple waffles with just one go.
So that’s all you need for your International Waffle Day celebration. A good waffle recipe and a quality waffle iron. Just don’t forget the syrup!