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Need a Waffle Iron Rec

sivyaleah Jul 30, 2006 03:42 PM

Yesterday I was reminded while watching Alton Brown reruns that I have lost/misplaced my waffle iron through various moves. Doesn't matter, I never liked the one I had anyway.

So, now I'm on a quest for a new one. I'd love one that would make 2 round ones at once, but AB says don't bother - they require too much electricity and then it doesn't generate enough heat to properly cook both at once. So, I don't want anything fancy - no bells and whistles, just a well made basic electric iron. I'll keep the waffles warming in the oven as AB recommends while the others are cooking :-)

Thanks.

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    Zengarden RE: sivyaleah Jul 30, 2006 03:47 PM

    I paid $24 Cdn. for mine at a housewares store. It was marked down. It makes one round one. Very happy with it though it doesn't get much use during the summer.

    1. sivyaleah RE: sivyaleah Jul 30, 2006 04:04 PM

      but what brand is it?

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        Zengarden RE: sivyaleah Jul 31, 2006 02:52 PM

        Oops, sorry.
        Hamilton Beach.

      2. Cynsa RE: sivyaleah Jul 30, 2006 04:31 PM

        While I didn't think that anything could be better than my mom's Sunbeam Waffle Maker circa 1950's, I do like the Waring Pro - Professional Belgian Waffle Maker WMK300. The only drawback is that it is big and awkward to store; but it makes waffles just the way I like them, light and crisp.

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          yayadave RE: Cynsa Jul 30, 2006 07:31 PM

          This is it. Makes great waffles and easy to clean. We were out for brunch today and the resto had two of 'em on the buffet line.

          http://www.amazon.com/Waring-Pro-WMK3...

          And despite all the favorite recipes in threads on our chowhound, I can't find/make any waffles better than Carbon's Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Flour.

          https://secure.goldenmalted.com/retai...

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            RSMBob RE: yayadave Aug 2, 2006 06:09 AM

            I'l add to the Waring Pro recommendation...the best cooking-related item I've bought in a long time. A bit of a pain to store, but the flip feature really seems to work.

            I thought Carbon's GM mix was great...until I made the Waring book overnight yeast batter. Amazing! I tried the GM again and it was heavy and bland...wife said gotta do the homemade yeast mix every time from now on!

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              yayadave RE: RSMBob Aug 2, 2006 01:49 PM

              So what you're sayin' is that I gotta find the book and try that recipe. Thanks.

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                Cynsa RE: yayadave Aug 3, 2006 12:51 AM

                Good Night Waffles (the night before)
                In the am, mix in eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of baking soad while the waffle maker preheats.
                -for six waffles:
                1/2 cup lukewarm water 105°F
                1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
                2-1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (one packet)
                2 cups whole milk, warmed to 105°F
                1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
                1 tsp. salt
                2 cups all-purpose flour
                2 large eggs, beaten lightly
                2 tsp. vanilla extract
                1/4 tsp. baking soda
                The Night Before or at least 8 hours before baking, combine the warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, until foamy. Stir in warm milk, melted butter and salt. Beat in flour until smooth; use a hand mixer on low speed. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter overnight. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.
                In the morning, preheat your Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker on setting #4. While it is heating, stir eggs, vanilla and baking soda into the batter. Pour onto waffle grids. Close cover, rotate 180° to right; bake until it beeps, rotate 180° to the left. Remove when indicated, repeat with remaining batter. Waffles may be kept warm in a slow oven 200°F on a rack on a cookie sheet. Serve with fresh fruit, jam, powdered sugar, a warm fruit syrup or whipped cream.

                or you can do what I do:
                Snoqualmie Falls Lodge NutraRich Pancake & Waffle Mix

                http://continentalmills.com/brands/sn...

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                  yayadave RE: yayadave Aug 3, 2006 01:52 AM

                  For Cynsa: Thank you for the recipe. I have saved it and will give it a try. However, I will not throw away my can of Carbon's Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Flour.

                  ps: we need more levels for replys

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                    RSMBob RE: yayadave Aug 3, 2006 09:26 PM

                    Yep...you got it...and thanks to cynsa you've got the recipe. Every other Sunday i make a double batch and then add fresh blueberries or choc chops or whatever people want that. day. I'm not a big fan of the oven warming...you gotta eat these right out of the waffle iron.

                    For pancakes I use either a yeast batter overnight recipe or else a morning-of buttermilk recipe and both are great...I wonder if I can find a great buttermilk waffle recipe for those mornings when I want to make up the waffles but didn't do my "homework" the night before?

                    And, I don't know if the flip thing makes it better or not...I can see how it would more evenly coat things on both sides allowing the center to be lighter, but I will say the flip thing is just fun, and it really adds to the enjoyment of making the waffles (for me and the kids).

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                Candy RE: Cynsa Jul 31, 2006 10:29 PM

                I have my mom's ca '50 Sunbeam too and I think it is well worth the time so search thrift shops and used appliance/repair shops. The grids are heavy steel which really heat up much better than the aluminum or worse non-stick irons available today. It makes 4 lg. wonderfully crisp waffles at a time. We used to have waffle parties when I was a kid and well into my teens. My mom could turn them out by the dozen and no one turned down an invite to one of those Sunday brunches.

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                  Cynsa RE: Candy Aug 3, 2006 12:55 AM

                  Me, too! I have the old Sunbeam packed away in a box. It has a frayed electrical cord and needs repair. I am hoarding it, I won't relinguish it. Gotta fix it. Nothing is better than those heavy grids. :^)

              3. Allstonian RE: sivyaleah Jul 30, 2006 04:55 PM

                We got a Villaware waffle maker as a wedding gift 4 years ago, and have been VERY happy with it. It's the model that makes a traditional, small-tread waffle (don't care for Belgian-style myself) in 5 heart shapes joined in a circle. It does have a whistle, though - it makes the strangest chirping noise to signal that the waffle's done!

                We use it regularly, almost always using the Cook's Illustrated recipe for overnight yeasted waffles - so easy to knock out in the midst of dinner prep, and then the batter's all ready to work with in the morning! (One caveat for that recipe, though - they have you melt butter in hot milk, and then cool it down before adding the yeast. In my experience, the melted butter forms an insulating barrier on top of the milk so that the mixture takes quite a long time to cool enough to safely add the yeast.)

                1. sivyaleah RE: sivyaleah Jul 30, 2006 11:16 PM

                  Very nice machine, but I'm looking for something smaller plus, not belgian (much as I love them). That thing looks like quite a workout to lift!

                  1. Caitlin McGrath RE: sivyaleah Jul 31, 2006 12:53 AM

                    I've had Cuisinart's Round Classic Waffle Maker for several years, and have been very happy with it. It makes waffles well and evenly, without any sticking with just a spritz or swipe of oil at the beginning. It gets bonus points for being inexpensive and storing horizontally on its side, so it takes up very little space in a cabinet.

                    Here's a link to it on Amazon:
                    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-WMR-C...

                    Now Cuisinart makes a version that makes heart-shaped waffles:
                    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-WMR-H...

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                      sivyaleah RE: Caitlin McGrath Jul 31, 2006 01:46 PM

                      Thanks, pretty much what I'm looking for. The heart seems to have a small advantage, a light indicator on the top. Both very inexpensive, a plus since I rarely cook waffles plus I'm kind of partial to Cuisinart's appliances - I've had good luck w/them so far.

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                      EGOR RE: sivyaleah Jul 31, 2006 03:36 AM

                      I ended up with the same Cuisinart which makes one round waffle and costs about $30. I read through the Amazon ratings and narrowed it down to this one.
                      I've used the Marion Cunningham Fannie Farmer Yeast Waffles several times with success and the Cooks once; will stay the first. These waffles should go straight to the plate and mouth with no ovenly interruption. When freezing I lay them out on a baking sheet and freeze until firm enough to stack and bag. Also haven't tried a Liege Waffles recipe from a Belgian cookbook using the coarse (hagelzucker=hail sugar)sugar.

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                        jenhen2 RE: sivyaleah Jul 31, 2006 01:49 PM

                        I have the cuisinart that makes 6 square waffles at once and I love it. took a little while to figure out how much batter to use, but I couldn't be happier, and it's usually on sale at Macy's.

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                          personalcheffie RE: sivyaleah Aug 2, 2006 12:25 AM

                          I have a Krups, which makes four squares at once. It's been very reliable and cooks them nicely. Figured it took 1/4 c. of batter to make one waffle, possibly slightly more. Yeasted waffles are the best!

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                            revets2 RE: sivyaleah Aug 9, 2006 08:19 PM

                            my husband and i gave a brunch with a waffle bar this summer. we borrowed the following waffle irons:

                            hamilton beach
                            cuisinart
                            villaware's classic
                            vitantonio premier

                            the villaware is the most expensive, but it blew the others away in speed and quality. it made light, evenly browned, crispy waffles. two of our guests bought the villaware's after the party because they were so impressed. i, too, purchased one from william-sonoma.

                            we have done our mix from scratch, but most say we prefer the krustaecz mix for buttermilk (light as air)and jiffy for corn waffles.

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                              ziggylu RE: sivyaleah Aug 9, 2006 08:36 PM

                              We just bought the Villaware Classic this past weekend...and have been eating waffles everyday! Previously I had a Large Krups that made non-belgian...but large...four squares. We love the size of the Villaware...and the waffles are always light and crispy.

                              I usually make my own batter...but we picked up some of the Carbon's malted waffle mix when we bought the iron at W-S and have been really pleased with the mix as well....

                              mmmm....waffles.

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                                maxie2cute RE: sivyaleah Oct 5, 2006 08:11 PM

                                I too bought a Villaware classilc to replace my circa 50s Sunbeam. I had bought the Sunbeam for a dollar at an auction & used it through cord repairs and breakdown of the bakelite handle that allowed you to lift the cover (since the metal bracket remained I could still open it with a potholder), but finally had to throw in the towell when it refused to heat up anymore. I never thought I would be as happy with another one, but the Villaware is great for my family of 6. It cooks quickly & the waffles are crisp. I particularly like the chirping "waffles are done" signal, for it allows me to sit down with the family & eat some waffles while others are still baking. I always make a double batch on Sunday mornings when I'm cooking so the kids can just pop a few in the toaster before leaving for school through the week. I use Betty Crocker's standard waffle recipe from the very first cookbook I bought for myself: 1972 version!

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                                  maureen RE: sivyaleah Oct 7, 2006 05:28 AM

                                  Don't know if any of you have a store called Tuesday Morning ini your area - but next Tuesday, October 10 they start another sale and are featuring waffle irons - I think they are the Villaware - hearts in a circle and another one that makes small round waffles. Can't remember if the price is 19.99 or 29.99 - but definitely cheaper than the standard price. I remember seeing these in Williams Sonoma for considerably more.

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