I was intrigued to read that the humble waffle iron can be used as a makeshift stove, with surprisingly interesting results.
We were not waffle traditionalists—just a family without an oven, desperate for new ways to heat food. After that first encounter with gridded cornbread, we grabbed the cheapest waffle maker we could find and began to experiment.
We started by replicating the cornbread waffles. After some tinkering, we had the recipe down. Our first homegrown success was chocolate waffle cake. The brilliance of cake as a waffle is that all those dents fill up with frosting. To this day, despite access to ovens, my kids want chocolate waffle cake for their birthdays.
After the cake success, we tried banana bread (excellent). Then we made chocolate chip banana bread (even better). Then chocolate chip cookies (difficult to perfect). Later, after we experimented with hash browns, we became slightly obsessed with trying just about everything in a waffle maker.
Remarkably, nearly all of it all has worked—though it's possible that two years of van life made our palettes more forgiving.
Not long into our waffling days, we discovered that we were not the first family to worship the waffle maker. There was a blog, Wafflizer.com, now known as Will It Waffle?, which spawned a waffling cookbook of the same name.
There were other cookbooks, though I haven't read them. Experimenting—especially with kids eager to learn to cook—is more fun.
We also discovered that, quite often, companies themselves had recipes adjusted to work in waffle maker. Info on the box of a cornbread mix mentioned that the secret to better cornbread waffles was more oil. (This is actually true in a broad sense as long as you don't get carried away.)
As we explored the growing world of waffling online, we came to realize that there's very little a waffle machine can't do. Daniel Shumski, author of Will It Waffle, includes recipes for things as exotic as Miso-maple glazed salmon, waffled tamale pie, and even filet mignon.
There's more at the link.
We don't own a waffle iron, but reading that article, and glancing through the cookbook (it's free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers), I can see us buying one, if only to try some of the recipes for ourselves. They look delicious! Any recommendations from readers as to the best waffle iron brand or model, or should I just buy whatever I can find at a reasonable price? Please let us know in Comments, and thanks in advance for your guidance.