Christmas Morning with Heart Shaped Waffles

2016 has been a rough and tumble year for me. Which is why I can’t help but let my mind wander ahead to the beauty and calm that comes to us at Christmas time. Amidst the holiday bustle, there are those special moments that make the whole thing worth it. Mornings filled with joyful squeals, gentle snowfall, and the warmth of sharing a breakfast around the tree with family. If you need a happy image to get you through the day, think of a heaping plate of warm waffles and let the soft glow of Christmas magic fill you heart. It’s not far away, friends!

heart-shaped-wafflesFor many who celebrate Christmas, the morning’s breakfast is a household tradition. There are family recipes passed down for generations that continue to gather people together year after year. For many, the dish of choice on a crisp Christmas morning is a plate of fluffy waffles. These tasty treats are a great way to please everyone’s palette, since they are adaptable to many combinations of toppings and flavors. When you’re looking for an extra bit of Christmas magic, waffles can be made with a traditional heart-shaped maker that turns out breakfast with love.

I grew up with a heart-shaped waffle maker in the home and I’ve always been grateful. It made mother’s day, birthday’s and Christmas morning special when someone would pull out the waffle maker and begin pouring the batter. Creating the perfect combination of fluffy and crispy was easy with the right waffle maker on hand. While pancakes are pretty tasty, nothing beats the crunchy, chewy goodness of a fresh stack of waffles. Waffle makers are easy to use and a breeze to keep clean. If you’re going to have a specialty kitchen appliance taking up space in your cupboards, make it an adorable heart shaped one with a no-mess, non-stick coating that makes you smile.

To help you prepare for the holidays, and all the special mornings to come afterwards, I’ve done some research on the best heart-shaped waffle makers you should be looking to buy. We will be looking at two different options to help you decide which one is right for your family’s needs. There are many ways to have the perfect Christmas morning. Let me help you get the breakfast part squared away so you can focus on what makes the holiday so special: time spent with those we love.

euro-cuisine-wm520Euro Cuisine WM520 Eco Friendly Heart Shaped Waffle Maker

If you’re hoping to fill your Christmas breakfast table with these loveable treats, this is my top pick to help you get it done. The Euro Cuisine WM520 is perfect for individuals or medium sized families with a love for waffles. It offers up adorably heart shaped waffles with a simple pour and sizzle method that even the sleepiest of midnight Santas can handle.

At only 4 lbs. (1.8 kg), the Euro Cuisine is light and easy to move around on busy mornings. It won’t take up too much counter space during use since it only measures in at 8 x 10 x 4.5 inches. It can also be stored vertically, which will open up plenty of space in your cupboards when you’re not using it. The lightweight feature is due in part to the non-stick plastic coating that covers the cooking plates. Though not ceramic, the plates are certified PTFE and PFOA free and ensure your waffles lift up with ease. If you’re concerned about the possibility of chemicals in your non-stick surfaces, this is a helpful fact to consider.

If you’re looking for thick, Belgium style waffles, this might not be the ideal choice for you. However, if you’re looking for something between the lines of fluffy and thin, these waffles are just right. It’s an easy to use machine with simple settings that allow you to personalize your level of golden brown doneness. It might help to make a test batch before your Christmas morning breakfast to be sure you know the preferred setting for your family. The one, central knob allows you to control temperature, but you may need to experiment to achieve your desired texture and color.

Arguably, the worst part of making waffles is cleaning off the burnt, leftover pieces that manage to drip down the sides. With some waffle makers, excess batter can drip into hard-to-reach areas or become stuck over time leaving stains on the outer material. The Euro Cuisine model has a chrome exterior making it easy to keep clean. It’s an appliance you’ll be able to wipe down with ease after use and will still look nice after many Christmas mornings of service. I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for heart shaped waffle goodness this Christmas.

chefs-choice-840-wafflepro-expressChef’s Choice 840 WafflePro Express

If you’re looking for a slightly larger, more heavy-duty model, The Chef’s Choice 840 WafflePro Express might be just the one you’re looking for. While it’s still a good overall size for a medium sized family, the Chef’s Choice 840 WafflePro Express has a larger overall cooking surface and a unique “floating” top-plate that creates evenly cooked waffles morning after morning. Of the two, this one is the more professional model and will probably run a bit more expensive than the Euro Cuisine model.

The 840 WafflePro Express is also a great option when it comes to speed. In only 90 seconds, it turns out hot and ready waffles with a higher degree of temperature control than the Euro Cuisine option. These more intricate controls allow you to choose between your ideal flavors, textures and levels of doneness. It offers a switch that let’s you select the desired texture for your waffles ranging from crisp to soft that is sure to please all the waffle lovers gathered around your tree.

Another feature that stands out with this model is the temperature recovery ability. This is part of what makes the WafflePro Express the more professional model of the two. This feature ensures that while cooking large batches of waffles the temperature never drops too low or overheats with the constant use. With beepers and lights to indicate when your waffle is ready to cook, baking, and ready to eat, this model is perfect for busy home chefs looking to feed a hungry group on Christmas morning.

It also offers a non-stick surface on both the inside and the outside. Though weighing slightly more at 5 lbs. (2.2 kg) and with an overall size of 12.75 x 12 x 5.25 inches, this model is still an excellent choice. It may take up a bit more space in your cupboards, but it does offer a built-in cord storage compartment and an upright storage option that make it slightly easier to store away.

Heart Shaped Christmas Waffles

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Once you’ve made your choice on which waffle maker is right for your unique needs, it’s time to get cooking. Follow this simple recipe for an easy to make batter that is sure to delight all waffle lovers. Serves 3-5.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Use a whisk to combine the sugar, milk, and eggs in a mixing bowl with a pourable spout.
  2. Add in the melted butter.
  3. Mix the remaining, dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Mix until you’ve eliminated the all lumps.
  5. Allow the mixture to stand for around 10-15 minutes. It will expand slightly.
  6. Use a scoop or pour directly onto your preheated waffle maker and cook till perfection.

Add Toppings:

You can top these Christmas creations with just about anything. Whipped cream and fresh fruit are always my go-to options, but adding a spoonful of hazelnut/chocolate spread or jam is also encouraged. If you really want a Christmas-y feel you can try to incorporate some lovely Christmas candies into the batter or as toppings for a festive feel.

Your Guide to a Merry Christmas Morning

We hope this serves as a helpful guide to anyone looking to add something special to their Christmas morning breakfast fare. Heart shaped waffles are a charming tradition that brings smiles to many families around the globe. You don’t have to be a fancy chef to pull them off and the whole process is fairly easy to clean up. Of course, it all comes down to making sure you have the right equipment. Once you find the right waffle maker, you’re that much closer to having a Christmas morning your family won’t soon forget.

Cheyanne Lovellette

Cheyanne Lovellette

Cheyanne is an American expat currently living in China. She works as a freelance writer/editor and enjoys traveling, writing, and promoting gender equality. You can read more of her work at www.thethistlette.com.
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