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My Favorite Waffle Makers

Nov 5, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose

photo by Scott Hewitt

I love the ease of using an electric waffle iron but my one complaint has always been that the browning was uneven. Not any longer! I've discovered the Chef's Choice waffle irons and my waffling will never be the same again!

My favorite is the Taste-Texture Select Belgian Waffle Maker 850 because it enables me to make 4 waffles at a time and at record speed. It is also possible to adjust the setting to iproduce different degrees crispness. I love the crisp exterior/moist interior setting!

Chef's Choice M850 Taste-Texture Select WafflePro Belgian Waffle Maker

I also recommend the Classic Choice 852 pictured above which makes two waffles at a time.

Chef's Choice 852 Classic Wafflepro 2 Square Waffle Maker

Here is my newest waffle recipe I created for the holiday season.

Orange Waffles with Burst of Cranberry Topping

Serves: 4

These are the most ethereal waffles ever! I like to use the setting on the waffle iron that produces crisp exterior and moist tender interior. The waffles freeze perfectly and reheat in just a few minutes in a toaster or oven preheated to 300˚F/150˚C.

Burst of Cranberry Topping








1 cup

8 ounces

236 grams


1-1/2 cups

10.6 ounces

300 grams


3 tablespoons

1 ounce

28 grams

fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

4 cups

14 ounces

400 grams

In a medium saucepan, stir together the water, sugar, cornstarch, and cranberries. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stop stirring, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 minute, swirling the pan occasionally. The mixture will be thickened but pourable. Keep it warm or reheat it before serving.

Waffle Batter







unsalted butter, softened

8 tablespoons

4 ounces

113 grams

bleached cake flour (or bleached all purpose flour)

2 cups (or 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons) lightly spooned into the cup and leveled off

8 ounces

227 grams

baking powder

4 teaspoons




1/4 teaspoon



orange zest

1 tablespoon



2 large eggs

3 fluid ounces

3.5 ounces

100 grams


1 cup (8 fluid ounces)

8.5 ounces

242 grams

whole milk

1 cup (8 fluid ounces)

8.5 ounces

242 grams

Turn the oven to low (150˚F to 200˚F/65˚ to 95˚C). Heat the waffle iron to the desired temperature.

In a small saucepan over low heat, or microwave safe container, melt the butter. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest until evenly blended.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and whole milk until well mixed. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix with a fork just until all the flour is moistened. Stir in the butter just until evenly blended. The batter should be lumpy.

Cook the waffles and remove them to the oven racks to keep warm until serving. Serve with the hot cranberry topping.


Rose Levy Beranbaum
Rose Levy Beranbaum in reply to comment from Cheryl C
02/ 4/2015 10:51 PM

Cheryl, it makes 8 waffles and it is different from the one in the Cake BIble.


How many waffles does the buttermilk recipe make? I have a Belgian waffle maker.
Also is this recipe in the Cake Bible. I have it packed away since moving.


Woody Wolston
Woody Wolston in reply to comment from pattyk
08/28/2013 01:28 PM

Hi PattyK,
We contacted the manufacturer who does not recommend making yeast waffle batters in the Chef's Choice waffle makers. There are some manufacturers who make waffle irons designed for making yeast waffle batters.
Rose & Woody


I am attempting to make liege waffles. The waffle maker I need must be capable of caramelizing the Belgian pearl sugar that is mixed into the waffle dough. It is a dough not a batter. This waffle iron has separate controls for temperature and time which should help with this. Do you think it is heavy duty enough to handle a yeast dough of this type? Better still have you tried making this type of waffle?


thanks chris! the cake bible has several recipes for pancakes and waffles.


Christopher Denney
Christopher Denney
12/ 8/2011 11:01 AM

I bought your bread bible a month or two ago, and am loving it. Everyone who I have tested the corn muffins and ciabatta on have loved it too. I recently decided to order a waffle iron and saw your recipe here and wondered which of your books would have recipes for pancakes and waffles. I am not really a cake person, but change is frequently good. :)


no tj, they do not come off. would be lovely if they did though!


I am looking for a new waffle iron and I wonder how easy is this one to clean? Do the griddles come off?


I love your buttermilk waffle recipe but I'm a bigger fan of your yeasted waffle recipe. Last Christmas I promised everyone croissants for breakfast but I was short on time the day before so I made your yeasted waffle batter instead. When everyone arrived for breakfast the next day, they groaned that they weren't getting croissants but they gobbled down all the waffles anyway and then asked me to make them again for Christmas this year! It's not every day when you trump a croissant! Thanks!



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