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Waffles 101

Waffles are delicious treats, perfect for both breakfasts and desserts.

07 Nov 2009

Zoosh up pre-made bought waffles with these ideas or if you are lucky enough to have your own waffle pan, cook up a storm for holidays brunches.

Scroll down for 5 lip-smacking recipes.


Waffles are not all the same. While they may all generally follow the same honeycomb-type pattern, their ingredients and toppings can be quite different, depending on where they are from.

In Nordic countries, waffles are made extremely thin. Two waffles are put together and wedged with some type of syrup to form a stroopwafel.

Japanese waffles or taiyaki
A taiyaki is cooked in a similar way to other waffles, but is shaped like a fish. The toppings of choice for the taiyaki include everything from a bean paste to chocolate-flavoured custard.

Potato waffles
Potato waffles are very popular in the UK. It is a savoury food that is formed from oil, seasoning and, of course, potatoes. There are many different forms of preparation for the potato waffle such as backing, toasting, frying or grilling.

Then, if none of these appeal to you, there are always sugar waffles, fruit waffles, soft waffles, biscuit waffles and waffle ice-cream cones.

Waffle toppings come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are also dependent on the type of waffle that is being eaten. Waffles mostly have sweet toppings, especially when they are eaten as desserts and breakfasts. More often that not they are eaten with maple syrup or honey, usually with cream or vanilla ice-cream.

But if you want to get more daring add fruits: strawberries, bananas, plums, kiwi, apricot, peaches, guavas, cherries and many other delicious fruits are fabulous additions to waffles. If you are feeling a little more decadent try some chocolate sauce or ice-cream of a different flavour. A great topping is bananas smothered in chocolate sauce and topped off with a dollop of rich vanilla ice-cream, but that's just me. You can come up with a million other variations if you play around a little.

But in the meantime here are a few delicious waffle recipes to get you started.

5 recipe ideas for waffles

Waffles with sour cream 

Fried pears and ricotta waffles 

Cheese waffles

Waffles with plum reserve 

Crispy prosciutto waffles


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