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Jul 30, 2006 03:42 PM

Need a Waffle Iron Rec

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 :-)


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  1. 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. 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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        1. re: Cynsa

          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.

          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.

          1. re: yayadave

            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!

            1. re: RSMBob

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

              1. re: yayadave

                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


                1. re: yayadave

                  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

                  1. re: yayadave

           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 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).

              2. re: Cynsa

                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.

                1. re: Candy

                  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. 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. 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!