Get in, we’re going on a Waffle Frolic! Take out your waffle irons and bust out the waffle toppings – these homemade waffle recipes are bringing back a centuries-old celebration of everyone’s favorite breakfast food!
Are you ready for a (f)rollicking good time? Why not turn your next breakfast or brunch, or even dinner, into a celebration of everyone’s favorite breakfast food: homemade waffles! These soft and fluffy, classic hot-pressed delicacies can be made any which way you like, from sweet to savory, for any meal of the day. What’s not to celebrate?
We’ve rounded up 24 fun and easy waffle recipes as we revisit an 18th Century American tradition, the waffle frolic!
What is a Waffle Frolic?
Once a laborious task, waffle-making used to be cause for a celebration. It was super exciting to get to eat waffles.
As far back as 1774, early Americans held lavish parties that served waffles hot off the iron. Attendees described these “waffle frolics” as a “magnificent supper” and “luxurious feast” that indulged partygoers’ love of waffles to much fanfare and hoopla.
These waffle frolics remained all the rage during the Civil War and well into the 20th century. Evolving from waffle-eating parties among friends into Bridgerton-scale extravaganzas in the 1900’s: themed invitations made from satin, guest participation in waffle-making, a feast to pass the time, even a Master of Ceremonies to oversee the festivities. And while other dishes were served, the “Diamond” of every season was always fresh waffles!
After nearly 200 years, waffle parties have faded away. This could be because waffles became less of a specialty and more of a breakfast staple, thanks to inventions like the waffle maker. But maybe it’s time we brought the waffle frolic back? After all, I’m still super excited to eat waffles and I could totally throw down for an epic waffle party.
Why Are They Called Waffles Anyways?
The waffle gets its name from the Dutch word wafel, meaning “honeycomb”. This seems fitting given the overall look of a waffle! The indents in waffles made by the iron – called “pockets” – are perfect for holding butter and syrup.
23 Easy Waffle Recipes to Try
From something sweet to something savory, these easy and delicious waffle recipes are worthy of a celebration.
How to Store and Reheat Waffles
Store your leftover waffles within two hours of making them, in a sealed container or resealable zip top bag.
The easiest way to reheat individual waffles is to pop them into the toaster for a few minutes. For larger batches, use your oven: transfer the frozen waffles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in a 350ºF preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.
Can I Freeze Extras for Later?
Yes! Whether you’re storing extras for the longer term or if you’ve made your waffles ahead, they can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, stack the waffles in an airtight container or freezer bag with parchment paper between the waffles to keep them from sticking.
Reheat the waffles directly from frozen in your toaster or oven.
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