In our house we have two waffle makers; his & hers. When I first moved in with my husband I was thrilled that he had a waffle maker. I began telling him how excited I was to make chocolate chip waffles, blueberry waffles, and more. He looked at me with his sweet eyes, smiled, and said, “No.” I was a bit puzzled, especially because I knew he liked blueberry waffles. He then went on to explain that the waffle maker, which is older than both of us, had belonged to his Nana. He said that this waffle maker in particular made the best traditional waffles. He told me that when he was little Nana even bought a new waffle maker, but promptly returned it because it just wasn’t as good. So to preserve the integrity of Nana’s special waffle maker, we only use it to make traditional waffles, which really do come out amazing in that thing. I never got to meet Nana, but I can see the influence she had on my sweet husband & I thank her for that.
I was really glad to get a waffle maker for my bridal shower, though. Now I can make all of the crazy stuff! Side note: Check out this website, Will it Waffle? I may have to go get that book.
On a lazy Saturday morning, we woke up and starting making breakfast. My husband makes my morning coffee on the weekends. He makes it better than I do. I typically just brew some espresso, throw in some milk and sugar and call it a day. He takes the time to froth the milk and tamp the espresso and all of that awesome coffee shop stuff for me. He is also the designated bacon maker in the family. I can make candied bacon in the oven (which I used to make awesome bacon chocolate chip cookies & maple bacon waffles) and that’s about it. If I try to fry it the traditional way, I will burn it. I can’t explain why, but the fact that my husband is such a wiz at it reaffirms my belief that we are meant for each other. So he stared cooking the bacon in our new cast iron pan that we are using for EVERYTHING. Seriously, cast iron cookware is amazing. Temperamental, yes – we got rust spots on all of it the first day we took it out of the box. But the way it cooks everything is awesome & worth the extra effort to keep them nice.
I had seen this idea to make cinnamon rolls this way all across the internet recently. I read several people’s recipes and comments, and most of them said to be careful with the heat because they can burn quickly. So I set the waffle maker to medium & they were done in about 4 minutes. I did manage to slightly burn my finger when I was trying to check the first batch for doneness (hence the ‘before’ picture of the first batch, and the ‘after’ picture of the second batch below). Don’t be clumsy like me.
I liked the shape of the waffles better when I did 2 rolls at a time instead of 3 (I can be weird about shapes sometimes). The pack I used came with 5 – go figure. But regardless of the shape, the waffles came out awesome. They were the perfect combination of crunchy and soft. The cinnamon sugar caramelizes & gives the outside of the waffle a nice crunch, while the inside stays that familiar cinnamon roll soft texture. The little squares are perfect for holding a ton of ooey gooey icing. I’m not sure I will ever go back to putting these in the oven. My husband said, “These are awesome! You can quote me in your blog if you want.” I’m such a lucky girl 🙂
So after the delicious breakfast, the only thing left was to clean up. I didn’t use this tip, but that website I mention earlier, Will it Waffle?, has a great tip on how to clean waffle makers. Scrape off as much gunk as you can, and then make a regular waffle in it. That waffle should pick up anything left on it. It makes sense; such a simple idea with leftover/discarded batter. What I did this time is after I scrubbed it with a soft soapy brush & wiped it, I put a wet paper towel in it & turned it on to let it steam. Then I wiped it up with a dry paper towel. Everything came off pretty easily. All clean for the next waffle project. Any ideas as to what it should be?