Waffles are always a welcome treat for me….for lazy day breakfasts, for quickie snacks, for late nite crammings to meet a deadline or finish homeworks, or simply “go-to” indulgences whenever hunger strikes. But one thing is for sure…I want only homemade waffles, from scratch or from a box. I happen to give away my old waffle iron, and I have been keeping an eye on new waffle irons models in the stores.
And the wait is over, I got one recently! Val Gleason of Edgecraft Corporation got me excited to try World’s Best Chef Choice M852 Classic Waffle PRO and enjoy warm, cold, or frozen homemade waffles. There’s always a place for new small electric gadgets in my kitchen…and this Chef Choice handsome waffle maker is lightweight and easily fits upright in my kitchen cabinet. It didn’t take a long time to familiarize myself with this kitchen equipment. The instruction manual was an easy read and one only needed to focus on the temperature control dial — since I like my waffles crispy a bit on the edges, settings 4 to 6 would do the job for me. It required inserting into a three (3) prong power plug, so I had to make adjustments to make room for this waffle maker closer to the electric outlet.
I made a test batch of my buttermilk waffles, I’d certainly try some of the recipes included in the instruction manual one day. In minutes I was producing waffles (2 at a time) after waffles. I did use a cooking spray, I just didn’t want to deal with the hassles of cleanup, and I got my oven timer on to keep track of the 3 minute time frame. I could only wish there is a sign or cue when 3 minute is up (that probably is in the works for the next generation of waffle makers). Thin waffles in a jiffy, I love them. Browning (Color) was consistent from start to finish, and crispy on the edges, yes! Chef Choice Classic Waffle PRO is a keeper and I highly recommend this.
Now I need to start pinning waffle recipes on my pinterest board — I already got some carrot cake waffles, brownie waffles, cornbread waffles. And you know you can make large batches of waffles and freeze them. Reheating, oh yes, not a big thing, zap in the microwave for some 45- 60 seconds (may result in soft waffles) or place them in a single layer in a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes in a 300 F oven. Oh chicken and waffles, waffle ice cream sandwiches…waffles certainly aren’t just for breakfasts.
Here’s the press release of the Chef Choice M852 Classic Waffle Pro shared by Val Gleason:
The Chef’sChoice® WafflePro® M852 bakes two delicious waffles in just three minutes or less! Ideal for homemade or quick mix batters, it features a superior non-stick easy release coating and consistent even heating that guarantees beautiful waffles uniformly cooked inside and out for the perfect tasty treat. It quickly recovers its temperature so it’s always ready to bake and feed even the biggest of appetites. The top waffle plate is attached with a floating hinge to ensure uniform thickness and even baking. A convenient, easy open latching handle combined with a built-in cord storage compartment allows this waffle maker to be efficiently stored in a space-saving upright position. Available for $49.99 US. For more information, visit http://www.chefschoice.com or call 800.342.3255.
KEY LIME WAFFLE PIE
Source: Chef’sChoice’s delightful rendition of key lime pie, delicious served warm, cool and even as a frozen treat!
Key Lime Mousse
2 cups heavy whipping cream 10 oz. white chocolate ¾ cup key lime juice
1 packet gelatin 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk ¼ tsp. vanilla
Turbinado or dark brown sugar for garnish Extra graham crackers for garnish
Key lime for garnish
Graham Cracker Waffles
3 cups pre-mixed baking product such as Bisquick 1 cup whole milk 1 cup brown sugar
½ cup honey 5 tbsp. buttermilk 2 eggs 2 tsp. cinnamon ½ stick butter (4 tbsp.)
1 pack of graham crackers (10-11 sheets) Makes 18-20 waffles
Key Lime Mousse: Put lime juice in bowl and sprinkle in gelatin, stirring lightly. Let sit for 2 minutes. Heat lime juice mixture over low heat, until hot but not boiling.
Take lime juice mixture off heat and set aside. Heat sweetened condensed milk over medium heat and add white chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted.
Whip heavy cream on high speed only until stiff, about two minutes. Add the lime juice mixture to whip cream and beat (with electric mixer) until ingredients are blended together.
Add white chocolate mixture to the whip cream and beat until blended. Refrigerate mixture for four hours or overnight to stiffen.
Graham Cracker Waffles: Mix together baking product, milk, brown sugar, honey, buttermilk, eggs and cinnamon in bowl. Melt butter and add to mixture. Crush graham crackers until crumb size and add to mix. Mix all ingredients with electric mixture. Place 1/4 cup of batter on Chef’sChoice Model 852 waffle maker (For other waffle makers, see manufacturer’s directions). Bake for 2:30 minutes on setting 4.
Serve immediately with a dollop of key lime mousse. Garnish with sugar, lime and graham cracker pieces. For a luscious frozen dessert, spread mousse overtop waffle, cover in wax paper and freeze overnight before serving.