Crisp, just slightly sweet and with a tantalizing aroma, waffles are a favourite treat among all kinds of people. They are most frequently eaten as a breakfast food, but it is becoming increasingly common to eat them as desserts or snacks as well.
They can be topped with many different syrups and confections, such as maple syrup, whipped cream and caramel. They can also have inclusions like fruit, nuts, chocolate or candies baked into them and sprinkled on top of them. Occasionally, these garnishes will be served separately and used as a dip by the consumer to reduce the mess involved.
Savoury takes on this food item exist as well, including the famous ‘chicken and waffles’ dish of the Southern United States (which pairs waffles with pieces of battered, fried chicken) and various versions with cheese, herbs, spices and paired side dishes.
These kinds of applications are still uncommon, but are growing more popular as food culture increasingly trends toward favouring complexity and novelty. Ultimately, the waffle is a highly versatile, portable and appealing food that makes an excellent restaurant or street vendor offering.
Making Waffles Requires Special Equipment
Due to the unique shape of this particular food item, making crisp, golden-brown, perfectly even-cooked waffles requires the use of a waffle maker – a baked batter-based treat that does not carry the distinctive raised grid marks is simply not a waffle at all.
Home kitchen waffle makers are simple griddles with deep grooves in them to cook the waffle and give it that shape, and although this type of device will get the job done, it is not the optimal device for consumers who prefer a higher-grade product or who need to produce many waffles as quickly and cleanly as possible. To achieve that kind of performance, a superior product is necessary.
One of the most crucial features to look for when purchasing a commercial-grade waffle maker is the ability to rotate the griddle a full 180 degrees, ensuring that the batter gets the proper crispy texture on all sides and that the finished waffle can be easily removed from the device.
To keep unproductive downtime to a minimum, the system should also be easy to clean and, if you’re attempting to produce large batches of waffles all at once, should have more than one griddle. Good waffle makers are also relatively compact to allow for easy use and storage, and are durable enough to last a long time in many diverse conditions.
If you choose a waffle making system by paying attention to all of these qualities, you stand the best chance of attaining waffle business success.