The Traditional Breakfast Treat: Our Favourite Waffle Irons and Recipes

Crispy and golden brown on the outside with a soft and fluffy core: the perfect waffle is a great way to start your day, but this is only possible with a quality waffle iron. To pave your way to waffle-y glory, we've got a couple of tips just for you!

The Traditional Breakfast Treat: Our Favourite Waffle Irons and Recipes

Waffles are always a perfect breakfast solution, smell delicious and are very easy to prepare. From sweet and fruity to hearty and spicy, everything is possible with waffles - the editorial staff's favourite recipes (see below) prove it. We’ve got something for everyone here. A waffle iron is a perfect purchase if you like to spoil yourself as well as your breakfast guests

But there are a couple important things to note: never remove the waffle from the iron with a pointed object, as you’ll risk scraping the protective coating. And you should only grease the iron lightly (with a bit of coconut oil, for example) before cooking with it.

Another tip to prevent the waffles from burning: don’t cook them too hot! Just preheat the waffle iron to the highest temperature, then switch it down to the medium temperature and pour the dough onto the waffle iron.

In case you were wondering: in the past, waffle irons were simply held over an open flame. Nowadays, technology has allowed us to make this tasty breakfast treat using electricity in a much more energy and time-efficient manner. Here are some of our favourite quality waffle irons:

The Classic: Cloer 1629 Waffle Maker

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This is the classic waffle iron that most of us know and love. The finished waffle can be divided into 5 small heart-shaped sections. This iron is easy to use and small enough to store away easily.

This waffle maker is ideal for people who are cutting back on fat consumption: the non-stick coated baking surface allows for low-fat cooking and is non-stick. Thanks to the grease collecting grooves and the internal hinge, cleaning is quick and easy. And it doesn’t matter if you prefer your waffles well-done or light brown, the adjustable knob allows you to change the cooking temperature. Finally, the little light lets you know when your waffle is cooked to your preferred degree. Weighing in at only 1.3 kg, this iron has a light, yet chic metal housing and isn’t as heavy as some other waffle makers. Space-saving, inexpensive and good for everyone who likes a good old-fashioned waffle design.

Tip: Place this iron near an electric outlet just to be sure that the cable can reach a power source.

Edgy, yet Elegant: Krups FDD95 Waffle Maker Professional

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The perfect waffle iron for those who love rectangular waffles and are a fan of traditional Belgian waffles.

What more could you want from a waffle iron? This waffle maker from Krups adheres to professional standards. One of the great advantages for those who despise doing the dishes: the non-stick baking trays for two waffles of 10 x 16.5 cm are removable and dishwasher-safe. Waffles can easily be turned during the baking process to ensure even browning. The light indicates when the dough should be filled into the iron. Regardless of whether you prefer it crispy or soft - with a rotary control for the temperature, everyone can adjust the degree of browning according to his or her taste. In a timeless silver with well-insulated stainless steel housing, the high-quality model is modern and timeless. However, it is a bit spendy and requires a little more space. But for those of us who absolutely love waffles, it is worth the price.

Tip: Always remember to add the same amount of dough to the waffle iron so that the waffles are evenly sized.

Breakfast for Two: Double Waffle Maker by JMP

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Two at a time! The perfect machine for people who enjoy hosting a cosy brunch or breakfast for many people in their home

The non-stick double waffle plate bakes two waffles at a time, simplifying cleaning and reducing cook-time. A two-colour baking light allows for easy control of baking time. Adjustable temperature control allows you to regulate the heat during the baking process. This affordable machine is only 25 x 25 x 11.5 cm, making it easy to store and easy on your wallet.

Tip: Avoid placing finished waffles on top of each other, as they tend to stick to each other.

Tasty Waffle Recipes

Maybe you already have a waffle maker (or just found the perfect one for you!) and now you’re ready to get cooking… let us be your guide!

Ingredients for classic waffle batter include eggs, sugar, flour, butter and milk, just like in our classic butter waffle recipes with the addition of cherries and chocolate cream.

If you prefer your waffles a bit "airier", you can replace some of the flour with starch. The basic recipe, however, is highly variable: different types of flour such as rye, buckwheat or spelt flour and spices such as vanilla, cinnamon or curry powder can make all the difference.

And if you’re trying to stay healthy - you can spare yourself some calories by adding margarine, yoghurt and water, as with our recipe for light and loose yoghurt wafers. You can even make vegan waffles using a soy drink instead of regular milk.

Whether classic or light, the perfect dough should always be thick, yet flow easily from the spoon. This also applies to fruity varieties, such as the honey apple waffles with lemon cream or our hearty chilli-cheese waffles.

An Easy Classic: Belgian Waffles with Cherries and Chocolate Cream

Butter waffles with cherry and chocolate cream

Ingredients for 4 waffles:

  • 2 small eggs
  • 65 g sugar
  • 50 g soft butter 
  • 125 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Approx. 70 ml milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 small glass of sour cherries
  • 5 g cornflour
  • 100 ml cream
  • Approx. 4 - 5 tablespoons chocolate sauce


Instructions:

Beat eggs with butter, 50 g sugar, salt and vanilla sugar until foamy. Mix the flour with the baking powder and stir the milk into the batter. Leave the batter to stand for 30 minutes as it becomes smoother. Preheat the waffle iron, grease it, place the batter on top and cook as long as preferred. 

Pour the sour cherries into a colander, collect the juice and place in a saucepan. Stir in the remaining sugar, heat, then thicken with the cornflour mixed with water and add the cherries. Whip the cream until stiff and fold in the chocolate sauce. Serve waffles with cherries and chocolate cream.

Light and Healthy: Yoghurt Waffles

A classic heart-shaped waffle

Ingredients for 4 waffles:

  • 100 g flour
  • 50 ml sparkling water
  • 16 g vanilla sugar
  • 200 g low-fat yoghurt
  • 25 g margarine


Instructions:

Melt the margarine in a pot. Mix flour and water well and fold in the yoghurt. Stir the melted margarine and vanilla sugar into the dough. Preheat the waffle iron, grease lightly, add the batter and cook the waffles. 

Tip: Fruit yoghurt or freshly cut fruit is a great addition to this simple recipe. 

Fruity and Sweet: Honey-Apple Waffles with Lemon Cream

Waffle with an apple slice and lemon cream

Ingredients for 6 waffles:

  • 125 g butter or margarine
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 250 g flour
  • ½ TL baking powder
  • 200 ml milk
  • 70 g grated apple (1 small apple) 
  • 200 ml cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Juice and grated rind of half a lemon


Instructions: 

Mix butter or margarine with honey, vanilla sugar, eggs and salt until creamy. Mix the flour with the baking powder and gradually add milk. Fold in the grated apple. Preheat the waffle iron, grease it, add the batter and cook. Whip cream with sugar until stiff, carefully fold in lemon zest and juice and serve with the waffles.

Tip: Alternatively, cinnamon cream also goes well with these waffles. Whip 200 ml cream with 8 g of vanilla sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Spicy and Hearty: Chilli-Cheese Waffles

Spicy chilli-cheese waffles

Ingredients for 4 waffles:

  • 2 small eggs
  • 150 ml sparkling water
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Some black pepper, freshly ground
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 150 g corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 70 g Emmentaler cheese, grated

Instructions: 

Mix eggs with water, chili powder, salt, pepper and oil. Mix the flour with the baking powder and gradually add to the egg mixture. Season with salt and pepper, preheat the waffle iron, grease well, add the batter and cook.

Tip: An avocado or herb dip with cubed tomatoes complements this waffle nicely. 

A Vegan Spin on the Classic Waffle

A vegan waffle with blueberries

Ingredients for 4 waffles:

200 g flour

70 g sugar

¼ tsp Salt

½ tsp baking powder

200 ml vanilla soy drink

40 ml sparkling water

1 tbsp coconut oil


Instructions:

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the soy drink, water and coconut oil with a hand mixer until you have a smooth batter. Let the batter rest briefly, preheat the waffle iron, grease lightly, add the batter and cook the waffles.