Up your brunch game with a new waffle maker

Things are about to get fluffy in here - if you love waffles, then invest in a good waffle maker and bake these fabulous treats for breakfast every day.

Best waffle maker

by Jade Moscrop |

Waffles seem to only be reserved for a decadent breakfast or brunch when you're in a restaurant, but luckily, that doesn't always have to be the case.

If you can't get enough of the treat, loved in Belgium and America, investing in a waffle maker gives you the freedom to tuck in whenever you like. Even at 3am. No judgement here! Whether you love sweet waffles or savoury, want a dedicated machine or a multi-use gadget, there's a waffle machine out there for you.

Scroll down to find out our shortlist of the best waffle makers - and we've got a great waffle recipe for you further down the page, too.

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What to look for in a waffle maker

There are some things you'll need to bear in mind when selecting your perfect kitchen companion.

Size

What size of machine can your kitchen handle? If you're lacking in space or are just cooking for one or two people, opt for something compact that can be easily stored away. If you're making waffles for the whole family and have plenty of room, go wild with more of an industrial size waffle maker.

Heat distribution and speed

Making the perfect waffle requires your machine to cook the batter evenly all over, so look for one with reviews that focus on this. Furthermore, a good waffle needs to be cooked quickly, so timing is important.

How easy it is to clean

Having to spend 30 minutes scrubbing your appliance is bound to take away most of the joy of actually eating waffles, so look for a machine that is non-stick and easy to clean.

Waffle maker recipe

Credit: BBC Good Food

Makes ten waffles:

4 large eggs, separated

300g plain flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp golden caster sugar

50g butter, melted

600ml semi-skimmed milk

Method:

Heat the waffle maker as per the instructions. Separate the eggs, keeping the yolks to one side. Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks. In another bowl, mix the flour, bicarbonate, caster sugar and a pinch of salt.

Make a well in the centre of the dry mix and add the egg yolks and melted butter. Start mixing with a whisk and slowly add the milk until you get a smooth, thick batter. Finally, fold in the egg whites with a metal spoon.

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cook your mixture as per the waffle maker's instructions, then place into a tray in the oven to crisp up for five minutes.

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