in #CASE you were curious about – WAFFLES
March 25th is International Waffle Day! More celebrated in Sweden as Våffeldagen, this day marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles. As for the American alternative, which falls on August 24th, Waffle Day honors the anniversary of the patenting of the first waffle iron invented by Cornelius Swarthout.
The verb waffle means to be indecisive and it comes from a Scottish term “waff” that means “to yelp like a puppy.” The noun waffle, meaning the excellent gridded breakfast food, comes from the Old German wefan, which meant to weave something into the shape of a honeycomb.
Waffles originated in Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Batter was poured between two metal plates, which were made with a grid pattern to catch the batter and prevent it from falling out the sides as it cooked over an open flame.
Looking for the World’s largest waffle? This eight-foot-long, 110 pound brunch bomb created in 2013 by Stitching Gouda Oogst in the Netherlands.
The most famous waffle outlet in the United States is NOT iHop. It’s the Southern chain, Waffle House. They’ve served just over 877-million waffles, since opening 60 years ago. That works out to about 145 per minute.
There are three main types of breakfast waffles:
Belgian: Also known as a Brussels waffle, it’s light and crispy but with deep ridges and leavened with yeast.
American: A waffle that’s been leavened with baking powder instead of yeast.
Liege: Also invented in Belgium (but predating the Belgian waffle), the Liege is made with a yeast-based dough and is softer, denser, and due to a caramelized sugar coating, sweeter.