This week, we’re observing National Waffle Day* on August 24!
The waffle, fancier than a flat pancake, but still a pretty basic breakfast food, is made from leavened batter and cooked between two hot, textured plates that give a particular size, shape, and surface impression. You can make them fresh, or make them ahead and heat them up when desired.
Most modern waffles are between the size of a grown-up’s hand and a dinner plate, and are impressed with a texture that looks like a grid. But over its thousand year existence, the waffle has taken on a broad range of sizes and textures, pressed and cooked between hot baking irons embossed with different illustrations or textures.