Belgian waffles are one of those things in life that put a smile on your face. Whether you're having it smothered with syrup for breakfast or as the base of your hot fudge sundae for dessert, they are simply divine. But, if you've grown tired of having to go to a fancy restaurant for your little sweet treat, then you should buy a Belgian waffle iron. They're simple to use. Read on to learn how to use a Belgian waffle iron.
Place your Belgian waffle iron on a counter, table or otherwise flat, hard surface.
Dampen a cloth or paper towel with water and wipe away any dust from the griddle that has accumulated in between uses.
Plug the Belgian waffle iron into a wall socket and allow it to pre-heat. (Some units have an on-switch while others automatically heat.) Most Belgian waffle makers have an internal temperature gauge that will keep it at a consistent temperature. This way you don't have to worry about it over-heating.
Mix your batter while the unit is pre-heating. Check out the Food Network website for simple and easy recipes.
Ladle the batter onto the hot griddle. Start in the center and wait for the batter to spread slowly to the outer edges of the griddle. The batter should just touch the edges, as when you press down, the batter will spread a tiny bit further. Usually each machine gives specific instructions depending on the size of their griddle. Some even provide an exact measure cup or ladle.
Close the top of the Belgian waffle maker and allow the waffle to bake for about four minutes. Again each waffle maker is slightly different and you should check the specific instructions for your make and model.
Lift the top of the Belgian waffle iron and reveal the Belgian waffle that has been baked to perfection. Using a spatula or fork, gently loosen the edges of the waffle before completely removing with a pair of tongs or spatula.
Allow griddles to cool (making sure you un-plug the unit) and then remove them from the iron. Place them in warm soapy water and wash and dry by hand.
Non-stick cooking spray may be used on the griddle to make it easier to lift the Belgian waffles when they are done.
Great topping ideas are strawberries, whipped cream, blueberries, hot fudge, bananas, peanut butter, apple butter ice cream and more.