Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ode To The Waffle

Every christmas my sister and I exchange holidays. One year I have Christmas, and she has Thanksgiving and we trade off each year. We always have a christmas breakfast, which is the usual, eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits. This year It's my turn hosting the christmas breakfast.
I am entertaining the thought of "the waffle bar."

I am envisioning warm, freshly pressed waffles with a variety of toppings available..strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, bananas, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, real maple syrup. Sounds different and YUMMY.

While browsing the internet, researching the beloved waffle, I came across some interesting history behind the crisp goodness.

The waffle has a long history behind it:

The ancient Greeks used to cook very flat cakes, which they called obleios, between two hot metal plates.
In the 13th century the oublie became the waffle. A plate was forged to create them.
Waffel is from the Dutch wafel.
Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron.
In 1953, Frank Dorsa introduced frozen waffles into supermarkets, calling them Eggo Waffles.
National Waffle Day is August 24th, the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for a "device to bake waffles" in 1869.
International Waffel Day is March 25th.

I didn't know there are so many kinds of waffles, belgian waffles, american waffles, potato waffles, Hong Kong style, chicken and waffles, even tuna and waffles.. and the list goes on..
I don't care for the Belgian waffle, too much powdered sugar.
I'll have my waffles with just butter and syrup please.

Here's a website with a 123 waffle recipes!