Review of the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker

Even the greatest chefs could use a little aid in the kitchen here and there, so a brand name like KitchenAid certainly has its appeal. Waffles aren’t exactly supposed to be the most difficult dish to make, which might make someone wonder why you’d need a waffle iron labeled as professional. Well, if you’re not one of the people who would wonder that, the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker might be worth giving a look – provided you can afford it, that is.

Let’s start by commenting on the price. Despite its impressive size and many different features to customize your waffle-making experience, the Pro Line’s price tag of $190-$250 (depending on the retailer) will be too much for some, with many decent waffle makers costing around $50. It all depends on the individual – some will love the opportunity to have a top-notch waffle maker full of fancy features.

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle BakerThe KitchenAid Pro Waffle Baker can seem a bit intimidating when compared to other waffle makers – slick, black steel and a larger-than-usual size of 11x19x13 inches can make this a conspicuous addition in some kitchens. The size is definitely something to keep in mind – your kitchen might not be large enough for you to comfortably fit and use this waffle maker.

For its size, the waffles that the KitchenAid Pro makes aren’t particularly large, but they’re numerous: it produces two 7-by-7 half-round waffles on each side. The appliance further splits the waffles into eight pieces total, which should be enough to feed a family of any size.

An interesting feature of the KitchenAid Pro is that it lets you flip the waffles around as they’re being made, with the manufacturer claiming that it helps create the perfect and most evenly-baked waffle. How much this actually does is questionable, however, and you might not like the idea of additional effort going into your waffle-making. On the other hand, the fact that you can flip the baking chamber vertically increases storage options. This all makes clean up easy.

If there’s one thing that sets the KitchenAid Pro apart from other waffle-makers, though, it’s definitely the timer. Instead of having to sit in front of the waffles worrying that they will get overcooked or burnt, this waffle iron lets you set the desired baking time. Once it expires, the appliance will shut itself down, eliminating any concerns over burnt waffles. Better yet, it can remember the perfect waffle-baking time for any future cooking, reducing your efforts to simply adding the batter and clicking a few buttons.

Still, finding that perfect time might be hard, and it could take several clumsy tries with the timer before you reach it. While fairly simple, the timer can confuse some and could also put off those who prefer a simpler appliance.

All in all, despite not bringing forth a revolution in waffle making, the KitchenAid Pro is a decent upgrade over most similar appliances. Whether its features justify the high price – and whether there is enough of them to justify a ‘professional’ designation – is up for the user to decide.

Review of the Waring Pro WMK600 Double Belgian Waffle-Maker

Customers with extra cash are often drawn to ‘Pro’ appliances and devices without closely examining their features. After all, who doesn’t want something that is good enough for people to make money by using it? The Waring Pro WMK600 Double Belgian Waffle-Maker is another purportedly-pro waffle maker – read on to find whether it delivers accordingly.

It wouldn’t be unfair to call the WMK600’s appearance peculiar – it resembles a coffee-making machine more than a waffle iron. The commands and the metallic design can seem a bit lackluster, but never judge a book by its cover, especially if the purpose of that ‘book’ is preparing delicious waffles.

Waring Pro WMK600 Double Belgian Waffle-MakerWaring Pro waffle maker’s 15x10x9 dimensions make it medium-sized, but it can actually bake a lot more than you might think.

It makes full use of its rotary system to produce two large waffles, with the appliance splitting each waffle into four triangle pieces. One waffle is baked at the top and one at the bottom – you’re supposed to rotate the handle during the baking process, which could prove tiresome. Still, the option to bake two big waffles at once makes the WMK 600 a godsend for larger families, as they can create no less than eight waffles in a single go. Since most irons make four waffles, and with some making as little as two, Waring’s Pro model handily beats out most of its competition in terms of mass production.

Going on to the features, the WMK600 doesn’t have a whole lot of options – some might enjoy the simplicity, while others will hate the lack of a timer and similar features, especially given the name of the device. A simple button rotation will dictate the baking intensity, and there are three different beep tones, one for every baking stage. Unfortunately, misinterpreting one of them could lead to burnt waffles, so you’d do well to memorize each.

Adding to the tiring qualities of the baking plate rotation mentioned above, the WMK600 actually instructs you on the waffle-turning direction, which contributes to making the whole thing seem like a chore. Some will long for the option to press a button and go somewhere else until the waffles are done – while the manufacturer promises that the turning bakes the waffles more evenly, they’ll still probably turn out similar to what they would in any other waffle maker, except with more action on your part. On the plus side, having to turn the handle around as the waffles are being made might make you feel like you did more to cook them than simply pour the batter in.

While the price of $90 would usually be considered mediocre, it’s a strong point given the WMK600’s ability to make eight smaller waffles at once. A lot of large families are looking for a cheap waffle maker that will feed everyone quickly – if you’re in a similar situation, or if you simply have a large appetite that doesn’t like waiting, this waffle iron will make a great choice. Besides, its coffee-maker-like appearance will also help blend it in your kitchen seamlessly.

This review is in honor of my college buddy, Dan, a chiropractor in San Antonio, who dared me to write a blog on Belgian waffle makers. Here’s your review Danny!!! :-)

Review of Cuisinart WAF 100 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker

Belgian waffle lovers consider picking the right waffle iron a form of art. The Cuisinart WAF 100 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker promises to be just that, but can we really trust the manufacturer?

When you first unpack it, the WAF-100 won’t really stand out in any way from its competitors: a square metallic design with an inspirational word printed as the logo. But who cares about the design, right? It’s whether this baker will make your waffles sought-after or feared that’s important.

Cuisinart WAF 100 4 Slice Belgian Waffle MakerThe Cuisinart 4-Slice actually has more features than many other waffle irons in the same price range. It allows five different settings of browning control, which let you customize your waffles exactly how you’d like them to be (although you’ll very likely end up using the same setting 99% of the time).

While the waffles might be custom, don’t expect them to turn out particularly large. The 14x13x7 size is slightly larger than some other waffle makers, but the WAF-100 still can’t make more than four small waffles in one go. Some are also very particular about the shape of their waffles – the Cuisinart 4-Slice makes square ones, so if you’re used to triangle ones, you might want to pick another model.

You can also expect the waffles to be a little thicker due to the one-inch depth of the panel, which lets this waffle iron accept more batter. Despite a larger amount of mass, the batter will rarely go where it’s not supposed to, and cleaning isn’t particularly difficult. The WAF-100 doesn’t exactly have the best non-sticking panel, but you should have an easy enough time avoiding sticky breakfast situations once you get the hang of it.

If you’ve ever had to deal with burnt waffles, you’ll love the Cuisinart 4-Slice’s notification system: it plays a loud beep when the deed is done, and there are also two lights up front. The red signals that the waffles are being made, while the green one lets you know that they’re ready to go.

Another one of the WAF-100’s stronger points is the handle and the way it’s placed on the waffle iron. You won’t have to fear getting burned, even if you left the appliance running for too long – the handle stays cool, and there’s plenty of space between it and the hot parts, even for those of us with larger hands.

The multiple settings are great on paper, but they don’t always work the way they should – the WAF-100 doesn’t cook waffles especially fast, and trying to fry them faster by using a higher setting can lead to undercooking, especially in cases of thicker batter. The safest way to make waffles here is choosing a medium setting and waiting a bit longer to make sure they’re done right.

Despite the occasional undercooking on higher settings, you can’t go wrong with the WAF-100 if you’re a fan of easy-to-make square waffles. Cuisinart is known for its quality waffle irons, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that will serve you better for no more than $60.

Review of Chefs Choice M840B WafflePro Express

Some might say that the right waffle maker is the most important part of making a good breakfast. These appliances come in all sorts of sizes, depending on how much you can set aside to be able to make some tasty waffles, and also depending on the size of your family. Chefs Choice M840B WafflePro Express Classic Belgian Waffle Maker is an example of a standard waffle maker that will rarely fail to deliver, but might prove too small for some families.

Chefs Choice M840B WafflePro ExpressIndeed, the first thing you might notice when you take the M840B out of the box is its size. With measurements of around 12x12x4 inches, this waffle maker isn’t exactly going to feed an entire restaurant looking for breakfast. The device makes four standard-size waffles with the usual texture before forcing you to refill – if you don’t have any need for larger production, this won’t be an issue.

In terms of features, the WafflePro Express doesn’t disappoint but won’t dazzle, either. Like many above-average waffle makers, the M840B’s surfaces don’t stick – if you ever tried making waffles on teflon or steel that isn’t non-stick, you’ll have no trouble appreciating this. The manufacturer advertises the appliance as able to make four tasty waffles in under a minute and half, which probably isn’t too far off, although you can expect adjustments to the number depending on the thickness and ingredients of your batter.

The modes are simple – this can be good or bad, depending on your preferences. The deep-bake mode is better suited for thicker batter and in cases where you’d like a solid waffle, such as when you’re using waffles to make cake or a similar dish. The other mode creates the standard waffles that are meant to be soft on the inside and crisp on the outside, although whether you can actually get them such will depend a little on your culinary prowess.

The M840B works well enough – it heats up fairly quickly, meaning you can prepare a quick breakfast for family members that need to leave the house in a rush. Another good thing is that it features an audio signal that tracks progress, letting you know when the waffles are done. Many waffle makers force you to stand there and watch as the waffles are being baked, so this will give you a chance to do other stuff or even leave the room as they’re being made – just make sure not to have loud music on.

The ease of use is part of what makes this waffle maker such a family-friendly choice. If you’re looking for a first waffle maker that’s solid and won’t cause mishaps, the WafflePro Express is worth considering. Its inability to produce many waffles in a short amount of time can be a drawback, but many families don’t need this option. A new WafflePro Express will cost you around $70, which is probably less than you were expecting to pay for a quality waffle maker. Best advice: get it, and if it turns out too small, upgrade accordingly.

History of Belgian waffles

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For many of us, waffles made a key part of our childhood. We will always fondly remember our mothers or grandmothers (or even fathers!) preparing this tasty dessert for breakfast.

While they’re not particularly nutritious, waffles are easy on the taste buds, and they’re also easy to make. All you need is the right waffle maker and a couple of simple ingredients like flour, milk and eggs, and you’re all set with a traditional breakfast that leaves you feeling full and ready to conquer the world.

Belgian waffles and how to make them

If you went to Belgium and asked for ‘Belgian waffles’, you might get a surprised look back. The name of our favorite waffles doesn’t come from the country’s special way of preparing the food, but rather a historic event – they were brought to America by a Belgian way back in the early 60s.

Making tasty waffles doesn’t require too much culinary aptitude, which is part of the reason behind their widespread popularity. Still, there are some things to keep in mind if you’d like your waffles tasting well: crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, instead of the other way around.

The first thing you’ll need is the correct recipe. For such a simple dish, there’s a surprising amount of variations out there.

A general Belgian Waffle recipe consists of:

2 cups of flour

3-4 teaspoons of baking powder

2 eggs

1-2 cups of milk

Anywhere from one fourth to a whole cup of sugar

A pinch of salt

As you might have imagined, the batter is what’s most important and will largely dictate the taste of your Belgian waffles. There are multiple variations: some people use less sugar while others make super-sweet waffles, some add extras like vanilla extract to add to the taste, and so on.

If you’re new to the whole waffle-making thing, start with a simple batter before adding anything fancy. Adding one thing at a time (aside from the essentials) will let you come up with a mixture that creates waffles that are most to your liking.

As important as batter is, having the right waffle maker is right up there for anyone looking to make some quality breakfast. The waffle maker you will use depends on your means and the size of your family – feeding many hungry mouths can quickly turn waffle baking into a chore. If your household consists of many family members with various levels of appetite, aim to get a large waffle maker that will minimize the amount of work done and allow you to serve quickly.

Don’t forget the finishing touches, either – plain waffles are good on their own, but it’s the tiny details that are added once they’re fried that turn them into small masterpieces. Here is where you can experiment most: start with confectioner’s sugar and move on to more complex additions like whipped cream, fruit or chocolate topping. The bravest waffle cooks even add stuff like ice cream to the finished product – while this will fill the kids with joy, it might be more sugar than some can handle.