In the last post, I told you there was more to celebrate today so here it is!
June 29 is...believe it or not,
Ah-h-h-h, the waffle iron, probably at one time the most used and now possibly the least used kitchen appliance you own. Why the change? If you have kids, it is the call of the day for breakfast. If not, it could be one of your own favs you simply never outgrew. The flip side of the coin could be just the opposite or weight watching has kept you away from the waffle menu item.
A Bit of Waffle Iron History...
Waffle Irons were first found in an area of Northwestern Europe known as the Low Countries around the 14th century, which includes Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as other places. Originally they were made to be used over an open flame, and were thus constructed on the end of two long, typically wooden, handles with a clamshell system at one end, which would be held over a fire to bake.
The use of waffle irons goes back to more than just the renown simple breakfast food. Gouda in the Netherlands is the home of a delicious cookie type treat known as a ‘stroopwafel’. Developed by Gerard Kamphuisen, this sweet syrup filled confection became quite popular, leading to a boom where up to 100 stroopwafel makers were to be found in the city. The stroopwafel has since become quite popular around the world.
One of the most popular uses of waffles came about seemingly by accident, allegedly created by George Bang in 1904. He had run out of bowls to give out with his Banner Creamery Ice Cream, and started giving out rolled up waffles to use instead. It’s alleged because there are other origin stories as well, including a Belgium gent from Ghent, who moved to Norfolk, Virginia, and decided that a rolled up Waffle was the perfect place to put a scoop of ice-cream!
While waffle irons are made for waffles - multi-waffle irons that make more than one at a time, round ones, Belgian waffle-makers with their deep squares and thick waffles begging to be topped with strawberries and cream - they are NOT just for the delicious breakfast staple, waffles, any more! Waffle Iron Day is a GREAT opportunity to experiment with different options. Get creative!
|Chocolate Chip Mickey & Minnie Waffles|
Don't own a waffle iron? This is the day to add a new gadget to your kitchen repertoire. There are shapes available from Mickey Mouse to the state of Texas. And, you don't have to limit it's use to breakfast either. Make an entire menu from waffles, spanning breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Ever tried baking a pizza (or even thought about it for that matter) in a waffle iron?
Why not go for Carrot Cake Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls in a Waffle Iron, Waffle Iron Hash Browns, Waffle Iron Ham & Cheese Panini, Crisp-Chewy Waffle Iron Brownies, Waffle Iron Eggs, etc. Check 'em out HERE!
Have you ever tried to make anything besides WAFFLES in your WAFFLE IRON?
Is your mouth watering yet?
If you missed the earlier celebration, click HERE!