Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and my days of relishing in Belgian waffles came to a screeching halt. I was forced to eat frozen waffles. I don't mind frozen waffles... but I certainly don't love them, either. I was more than a little annoyed. But I persevered, I ate my frozen gluten-free waffles, I used them for creative cooking methods (check out my dressing recipe), I dutifully toasted them and tried to enjoy them. But I was missing my Belgian waffles.
I received some Amazon gift cards for Christmas this past year, and I couldn't think of anything I really desperately wanted to spend them for... I thought I might save them up for a big purchase, then I thought that I might just use them for some GF essentials from the Amazon grocery market (a great place to shop, by the way!)
Then I remembered my love of deep-welled waffles, and I decided to treat myself to a waffle iron. I used to have one that was a clamshell-style, and I never liked it because the batter wouldn't spread correctly. I wanted one of those flippy hotel-style wafflers, but I certainly didn't want to spend a ton of cash for one. I managed to find this Oster brand Belgian waffle maker for under $30, and it does the job just great! It heats quickly and evenly, it browns the waffles really well, it is non-stick (although I give it a light spray of canola oil before each waffle, just to be safe).
I tinkered with a waffle recipe that I found in an old cookbook, and here's the final result - a perfectly fluffy, chewy, crispy waffle, and enough to feed your family on a cold winter morning, or (in my case) to make ahead and freeze for ease of prep later. This makes 5-6 large round Belgian waffles.