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Title: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Quebert on October 16, 2021, 05:07:51 PM
I see threads on here from people with crazy nice custom hand built pizza ovens that blow my mind. I'm a solid 10 years away from being able to flex like that, if I'm lucky lol.  A thread about my new Roccbox would be pretty damn hohum next to a brick oven that was imported directly from Naples.  On a MUCH smaller scale, I got a new waffle maker, but as far as waffle makers go this one would almost be the waffle equivalent of a nice pizza oven. Well, maybe that's a big exaggeration, but this sucker's nice.  I like waffles, don't love them though so I really had no business buying a $279 waffle maker. Well, except I'm a 'Merican and got approved for 0% financing. So I thought "oh, a new waffle iron would be nice" I found a nice $79 one, but the minimum for financing was $100. So the logical thing to do was find the most expensive one they sold and order it.  Here are some pics.

I stupidly only took pics of the 1st batch, while they came out looking pretty nice, the 2nd looked almost perfect.  I've owned maybe 10 different waffle irons over the years, and never had one that got the color so uniform. The 2nd batch almost looked photoshopped, there the entire face of the waffle was the same color, and there were no lighter spots. Visually this thing makes flawless waffles, well if your recipe's on point.  I used the Belgian setting with the color darkness set to default, which is right in the middle.  I'm sure with some tweaking I could get them an even better color, the uniformity was really something else though. I'l try all 1 all the way light and 1 all the way dark next time to see how they come out

With that said, $279+tax for a waffle maker's a weeeee bit damn expensive, imho this should be at most $199. Which would still make it of the most expensive waffle makers out there. My lady hates when I buy kitchen gadgets because I always go overboard. We usually have a "discussion" but she didn't "discuss" anything with me here.  She's a lot smarter to brands than she was a few years ago. So when she saw the Breville box she didn't have to ask her usual "So, how much did it cost?"  But she still Googled it and was surprised how much it was, even for Breville.  She wasn't amused that I told her I actually went cheaper and explained there was an All-Clad one I was ready to buy that was $20 more. I guess it doesn't help things that she's not really a fan of waffles. With that said, I made a batch from the copy-cat Disney World waffle recipe. She said they were "pretty good"  They were outstanding, super crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. I used the Carbon Golden Malted waffle mix (what Disney uses) which cost me $29 shipped off amazon.  I think the can will make about 14 waffles, so around $2 each. For home made that's really expensive lol.  For $29 with some regular flour and eggs and I could probably make 200 waffles lol. It's usual Breville quality, very heavy, and will probably last me forever. And I'm going to have to start making waffles much more regularly so I can show her I didn't waste $310 bucks on it.

Breville also makes a 2 slice version that's only $219, but for whatever reason, I needed the one that makes 4. Oh yeah, around the outer lip's a moat that catches the excess batter and cooks it into delicious waffle sticks.  I told my lady this was a neat feature no other waffle maker has. So I can't spill batter everywhere when I make waffles (I always do lol) both are big selling points - but she wasn't impressed. I'm literally going to make just waffle sticks with it in a few days.

I STUPIDLY tried to make her stop thinking about the waffle maker by bringing up something she loves.

"I'm making pizzas tomorrow night, you love pizzas"
"oh, are you gonna use the NEW oven you bought, even though you already have one?"


Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Quebert on October 16, 2021, 05:13:57 PM
Here's the recipe if anyone wants to make them, while I haven't tested them there are also Golden Malted copy-cat recipes online if you don't have cheaper access to the mix. I definitely won't be ordering it from Amazon again. I'm sure there has to be a B&M or 2 that sell the Golden Malted, and it's one of those things I'm sure will be much cheaper than on Amazon.  If I could find it for $8-10 it would definitely be my go-to. It makes killer waffles.

*1 Stick (1/2 Cup)Melted butter
* 2 Cups Carbon's Golden Malted Flour (original)
* 2 Eggs (Separated)
* 2Tbsp Sugar
*Pinch of Salt
*1/2 Cup Whole Milk
*1Cup Buttermilk
*1 tsp vanilla Extract

Combine all dry ingredients
Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add wet to dry and mix until just combined.
Beat egg whites until fluffy and fold into batter.
Cook as per the directions on your waffle maker.

NOTE: I've heard different things from different "chefs" about separating eggs and whipping the whites. I know it makes a difference when making pancakes, because they have so much room to grow and get fluffier.  But waffles can't expand due to the iron so some say doing it  for waffles is a pointless waste of time.  I did it because it's what the recipe says.
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Bill/SFNM on October 16, 2021, 07:36:52 PM
If you maintain a sourdough culture, waffles leavened with leftover starter are a revelation.
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Quebert on October 16, 2021, 08:01:12 PM
If you maintain a sourdough culture, waffles leavened with leftover starter are a revelation.

YES, thanks for reminds me. When I made SD last year for pizza dough I tried pancakes and waffles and both were super.  I wonder what SD + the Golden Malted would be like.  I need to try that for sure.
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: loch on October 19, 2021, 09:58:48 AM
Congrats, that's a beautiful kitchen machine!

I've always been a sucker for a well made piece of equipment. And those waffles look really great!

Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Zinc on October 19, 2021, 01:02:59 PM
Congrats on the breville. It looks like a liege waffle is in your future ;D. They're my favorite waffle to make in the breville, even though they add a bit of extra clean up.
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Heikjo on October 19, 2021, 04:07:12 PM
If you maintain a sourdough culture, waffles leavened with leftover starter are a revelation.
How long and where do you let the batter sit?

I’ve made both pancakes and waffles with sourdough and find it works great for both. I love pancakes, especially something we call «lapper» in norwegian, which translates to «patches». They are made as a snack or dessert, typically eaten with jam, and often made with cultured milk. I love what the acidity of the milk does to them, and sourdough can provide more flavour.

Waffles in Norway typically looks like this and are soft. Some make them crunchy, but I like them soft.

Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: Bill/SFNM on October 19, 2021, 04:47:25 PM
How long and where do you let the batter sit?
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: ButteredPizza on October 26, 2021, 12:27:46 AM
Awesome.  There's this thing about waffles and waffle irons.. you can do whatever kind of recipe you want and it will almost always work out to be tasty.  I usually stick to some sort of flour/grain, an egg, baking soda/powder, vanilla, sugar, oil, water and/or soda water.  You can use sourdough instead of the baking soda/powder as pointed out.  I've used all sorts of flours everything from buckwheat to rice, oat, wheat, corn, etc.  If you make a runny enough batter, you can even foam it through a seltzer thingy like an issi, it'll make these super crispy lightweight things.

I'm sad, since I have to give up my waffle maker due to recent change in housing situation.  No more ptfe/non-stick  :(  Anyone have experience with the cast-iron stove-top waffle maker?  Easy or complicated?
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: barryvabeach on October 26, 2021, 06:43:15 AM
I have a old cast iron Wagner,  bought it off ebay.   Needed to be stripped and reseasoned. Pros are that it is very quick - about 60 to 65 seconds a side, downside is that the waffles are quite thin,  definitely not a belgian size waffle.  On ebay, they go for crazy money if you buy it with the base.  I went with without the base, and it is very easy to use.  If you overfill, the excess will either fall into the burner, or burn on the outside, but you only make that mistake once or twice. 

New versions include the Rome,  available on Amazon, or the Lehman's version. (  I have not seen the Lehman's version in person, though the photos make it look a lot like the Rome casting, one reviewer of the Lehman version says it makes a thicker waffle than the Rome one, though still not belgian size.
Title: Re: New waffle maker flex
Post by: HansB on October 26, 2021, 09:37:26 AM
It's not just for making sweet waffles.