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waffle baker died on me

nihon_no_cook's picture

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(and no, that's not the name of my new murder mystery book, although now that I think about it . . . )

Somebody explain to me why a waffle maker that has worked fine for the last 5 years - cooking perfect waffles and releasing them with absolutely no problems - would suddenly seize hold of a waffle so hard that I had to pitch the whole waffle maker, since I couldn't scrape the sucker clean? I haven't cooked any weird types of sticky waffles recently, and I didn't clean it any differently last time I used it. My guess is the thermostat went haywire and burned the waffle to a crisp (although the parts I could pry off weren't burnt . . . ), instantly bonding it to the nonstick surface of the waffle iron. If I could patent that process you could use it to hold the wings on airplanes or something - it was bad. Happily, though, Bisquick waffle batter is only one step away from Bisquick pancake batter, so the dinner wasn't a total loss (take that, all you waffle-from-scratch folks! bet you can't switch gears that quickly!).

So now I have to decide - $100 fancy waffle iron with 7 temperature settings and two browning settings, or $10 waffle iron from Walmart, which will probably last for another 5 years and I can pitch without remorse after that time. Anyone have a convincing reason why I should fork out $100 for a waffle iron? Anyone?

Jean_'s picture

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Not me, if I don't get a waffle maker for my birthday, I'm heading for Walmart myself. I decided that I've lived without one long enough. DH can go to McDuck's when I have a craving for waffles.
;-)

CLS's picture

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i Anyone have a convincing reason why I should fork out $100 for a waffle iron? Anyone?

No. IMHO, one is pretty much the same as another. Mine is one of the expensive ones, but it was a gift. Frankly, it's great, but it doesn't strike me as being any better than a Wal-Mart model.

JMO.

As for why your waffles stuck, that's a mystery.

Choo_d'Phet's picture

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Did someone switch spray glue for the spray oil? 8^)

Carole's picture

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Hey girl, how often do you make waffles? I just gave away two - sorry. Buy a cheap one.

BTW, does anyone have a really good recipe for Belgian waffles?

kai_'s picture

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Carole, from World Wide Recipes.

"No visit to Belgium would be complete without a few waffles, and no
week of Belgian recipes would be complete without this one. The
difference between Belgian waffles and the ones we are more familiar
with is the yeast in the batter, which yields a lighter waffle with a
fresh-baked bread flavor.

Belgian Waffles (Vlaamse Wafels, Gaufres a la Flamande)

1 package (1 Tbs, 15 ml) active dry yeast
2 cups (500 ml) warm milk
2+1/4 cups (625 ml) all-purpose flour
1 egg
3 Tbs (45 ml) sugar
3 eggs yolks
8 Tbs (120 ml) butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
3 egg whites, beaten to soft peaks

Combine the yeast and 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the warm milk in a small bowl
and allow to proof for 5 minutes. Sift the flour into a large mixing
bowl and add the egg, yeast mixture, and sugar. Stir to mix well with
a wooden spoon. Add the remaining milk and the egg yolks one at a
time, stirring to incorporate. Add the melted butter and vanilla,
stirring just to combine. Fold the egg whites into the batter, cover
with a towel, and allow to rise for 1 hour. Stir down the batter when
ready to cook and cook according to your waffle iron's directions.
Makes about 12 waffles."

Haven't tried it. Just ran across it today catching up on some March e-mail :/

Gretchen_'s picture

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First the waffle iron and then the waffle recipe. There is a conventional waffle iron at Service Merchandise for about $40 that has plates that reverse for making grilled sandwiches--it is good. My Belgian waffle iron is a D'Antonio and I LOVE it. Not non-stick, but it doesn't, if the temp is right.

This is a great recipe--waffles can be frozen, wrapped very tightly (and individually in sandwich bags).

BELGIN WAFFLES
Add 1/2 TBS yeast to 2C very warm milk. Add 4 beaten egg yolks and 1TSp. vanilla.
Combine in a separate bowl 2 1/2C flour, 1/2tsp. salt and 2TBS subar. Add to milk/egg mixture and beat until smooth. Add 1/2C melted butter.
Beat 4 egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Let sit for 45 minutes before making waffles.
Makes 14 waffles.

Carole's picture

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Thanks Kai, Gretchen. Both sound good and will try them.