Spotlight: When And How To Celebrate National Waffle Day
Did you know that waffles had been around since the Middle Ages? If waffles are one of your favorite breakfast item or dessert, you are going to love national waffle day. Here is everything you need to know about this holiday.
When Is National Waffle Day?
There is another waffle holiday that is celebrated around the world. Other countries celebrate this food on March 25h.
This second holiday is known as waffle day. It is a popular celebration in Sweden. You can celebrate both days by eating waffles!
Where Do Waffles Come From?
Waffles can be traced back to the 9th or 10th century. This was when the first waffle irons were used to make this food.
However, the recipe was very different from what you can find today. Waffles were used as communion wafers and were made with grain flour and water.
More flavors were gradually introduced, such as orange blossom or honey. The first written recipe for waffles dates back to the 14th century and shows that waffles had become a treat instead of being used as communion wafers.
Waffles become popular in France, Belgium, and Germany during the 16th century. Waffle irons became more complex. Most irons would feature intricate designs or landscapes.
Waffles were made with non-wheat grains and were typically flavored with honey. Sugar and wheat-flour were expensive ingredients that most people didn’t have access to. The recipe changed during the 19th century when beet sugar became a popular alternative to honey.
Waffles didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1960s. Two World Fairs organized in the 1960s contributed to making waffles a popular breakfast item.
How To Celebrate National Waffle Day
Eating waffles is the best way to celebrate National Waffle Day. However, there are plenty of things you can do to make this day special.
Head To A Local Diner
Your local diner might have deals and specials for waffle day. Even if your local diner doesn’t have any specials for this holiday, this will probably still be the best place to enjoy some waffles.
You could order waffles as a dessert or have a plate of chicken and waffles. If you are not sure where to go for national waffle day, check online reviews to find the local diner, restaurant, or food truck with the best ratings.
You should follow local restaurants and franchises to see if there are specials or deals for national waffle day.
Make Eating Waffles A Special Occasion
This holiday is the perfect occasion to enjoy waffles and do something special. You could take a friend out for brunch so you can catch up and enjoy some waffles together.
You could also start a new family tradition and go out for waffles as a family. This holiday could also be a fun restaurant date with your significant other.
You can make things more fun by planning something special. You could go to the movies after enjoying some waffles, or check out a new exhibit at your local museum.
Try A New Type Of Waffles
Did you know that the waffles you can get at any U.S. restaurant are typically thinner and denser than the waffles you would find in Europe? Waffle day is a great occasion to try different types of waffles.
Here are a few different waffles you could try:
- Scandinavian waffles are thin and are often heart-shaped.
- In Norway, waffles are served with blue cheese as a topping.
- In Hong Kong, waffles are made with eggs, sugar, and evaporated milk.
- Brussels waffles are light and crispy. They are leavened with an ale yeast to get this unique texture.
Look for a place that serves these waffles in your area, or look up recipes so you can make them at home! Hong Kong egg waffles are becoming a popular street food, and you should be able to find these waffles at a local food court.
Try A New Waffle Topping
Trying a new waffle topping is a fun and easy way to do something special on national waffle day. If you don’t have time to make waffles from scratch, you can eat frozen or pre-packaged waffles and still have fun with different toppings.
Maple syrup, butter, fresh fruits, and butter are the most popular waffle toppings. You can replace them with these original toppings:
- Ice cream.
- Apple butter.
- Almond butter.
- Lemon curd.
- Cream cheese.
- Powdered sugar.
You can reimagine breakfast or another meal with waffles. Here are more original toppings you can try:
- Eggs and bacon.
- Turkey and gravy.
- Sautéed mushrooms.
- Barbecue pulled pork.
- Pizza toppings.
There are many other toppings that will go great with waffles. Be creative and try reimagining your favorite dessert or meal with waffles!
You can also use unsweetened waffles instead of bread to make your favorite sandwich. Try using waffles to make a BLT, a grilled cheese sandwich, or chicken sandwich.
Alternatives To Waffle Batter
If you have a waffle iron at home, you can use different ingredients to create original alternatives to waffle batter. You can have an entire meal that is shaped like waffles.
You can use biscuit dough in a waffle iron. Top the biscuit dough with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings for a quick and easy meal!
You can use hash browns in your waffle iron. Once they are cooked, the hash browns can be topped with eggs, bacon, and other traditional breakfast foods.
If you have some leftover mashed potatoes, use your waffle irons to create crisp potato waffles. You can use the ingredients you would put in a loaded potato to top these waffles.
Make Your Own Waffles At Home
Making waffles at home is fun. If you don’t have an iron, find someone who is willing to let you borrow theirs. Think about purchasing a waffle iron if you don’t have one. These small appliances aren’t very expensive, and you are going to love being able to make waffles.
You can make waffles at home even if you don’t have an iron. You will need to use a grill pan with ridges. The shape will be different, but the waffles will still have the same texture.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make the waffle batter:
- 2 eggs.
- 2 cups flour.
- 1 ¾ cup milk.
- ½ cup vegetable oil or 2/3 cup butter.
- 1 tbsp. sugar.
- 4 tsp. Baking powder.
- ¼ tsp. salt.
- Honey or vanilla extract (optional).
Note that you shouldn’t use sugar in your batter if you want to enjoy the waffles as a main dish instead of a dessert. The unsweetened batter will be perfect for homemade chicken and waffles or if you want to enjoy waffles with toppings like bacon and eggs.
Making the batter is very easy. All you need to do is mix the eggs, flour, and milk in a large bowl until you get a homogenous batter. Add the vegetable oil or melted butter, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
You can add honey or vanilla extract for flavor. There are plenty of other ingredients you can use to add flavors, such as an orange extract or cocoa powder. You can also add ingredients like chocolate chips or nuts to the waffle batter.
The waffle batter will keep for two days if you refrigerate it. Don’t hesitate to make more than you need! You can also make the waffles now and freeze them for later.
If you have a waffle iron, preheat it. All you have to do is pour the batter in it and wait a few minutes. Your waffles should be ready in about five minutes, but the cooking time can vary from one iron to another.
If you don’t have a waffle iron, you can use a grill pan with ridges. Preheat the grill pan on a burner and brush it with butter to prevent the batter from sticking.
Pour a small quantity of batter on the grill pan just like if you were making pancakes. Lower the heat and flip the waffles when you see bubbles forming so you can cook the other side.
Making waffles is something you can do with your children to celebrate this holiday. You could also have some friends over and make waffles together.
If you want to do something special for waffle day, make enough waffles for everyone at work, or make as many waffles as possible and hand them out to your neighbors.
This is a traditional waffle batter recipe, but don’t hesitate to try something different. You could make Brussels waffles at home by replacing the baking powder with ale yeast. You should explore different recipes and try making different types of waffles.
Enjoy A Plate Of Waffles
Celebrating National Waffle Day is fun. There are plenty of ways to celebrate this holiday, including enjoying a plate of waffles at a local diner or making your own waffles at home!