Stop Waffling. Eat More Waffles.
Pancakes are great and all, but sometimes you need a waffle. A crispy, crunchy waffle that stands up to drippy toppings. A hot, steaming waffle with a pat of butter melting at its center. A waffle that makes getting out of bed worth it.
But a waffle is not waffle is not a waffle. You have choices. Different versions of this breakfast (and sometimes snacktime) treat abound, and we’re not even including those fast food abominations.
So which is waffle is right for you? Read on and decide for yourself.
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The distinguishing feature of an American waffle is its batter, which is fairly simple: the recipe normally contains just baking powder, milk, butter, sugar, eggs, and salt. Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, it’s the baseline against which we judge all other waffles.
Although waffles have been popular in Belgium since the 19th century, Belgian waffles really took off in 1964 when restaurateur Maurice Vermersch sold something called “Brussels” waffles at the New York World’s Fair. When his customers didn’t realize Brussels was in Belgium, Vermersch changed the dish’s name to “Belgian” waffles.
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