Today is International Waffle Day! Who doesn’t love this sweet and crispy breakfast item? This versatile pancake-like treat can be sweet or savory, for breakfast or dessert (or dinner for that matter), healthy or a complete diet-crusher!
Did you know that waffles were created first in Sweden in the 1600s? The popular Belgian waffle, which is sweeter and thicker than the traditional waffle, was born in the 1700s. Today, you can find a plethora of recipes for waffles and creative topping ideas! Taste of Home (https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/the-best-waffle-toppings-from-savory-to-sweet/) has some creative ways to enjoy this special treat. Here are a few suggestions they have, plus a few of our own!
Fruit, yogurt, and honey
Peanut butter and jelly
Sliced kiwi, pineapple and toasted coconut
Whipped cream and sprinkles
Fried cinnamon apples and toasted walnuts
Fried egg with avocado and pico de gallo
Sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onion and shredded Parmesan
BBQ pulled pork with coleslaw
Fried chicken with Sriracha honey
Bacon or sausage mixed into the batter
Want something over the top? Try these:
Sliced bananas, hot fudge sauce and chocolate chips
Marshmallow fluff, crumbled graham crackers and chocolate sauce
Peanut butter, sliced bananas and bacon strips
Ice cream, chocolate or caramel syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles and, of course, a cherry on top
Macaroni and cheese with crumbled bacon
Canadian bacon, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce
Here is an easy, go-to recipe from Martha Stewart: (https://www.marthastewart.com/338522/waffles)
1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
4 Tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
Maple syrup and butter, for serving
Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk milk and eggs; pour over flour mixture, and whisk gently to combine (Don’t overmix). Gently whisk in butter.
Following manufacturer’s instructions, cook waffles until deep brown and crisp. (For a standard waffle iron, pour a generous ½ cup of batter into the center, spreading to within ½ inch of edges, and close; waffle will cook in 2 to 3 minutes.) Serve warm, with maple syrup and butter, as desired.
How do you like your waffles? Do you have a go-to recipe that you would like to share with us? However you like your waffle, enjoy celebrating International Waffle Day today with your family and friends!