Sage Appliance’s waffle maker
You will know by now if you are a regular reader that I am a huge fan of Sage Appliances. Huge. Massive.
Everything they put their name to not only looks great, but works. Like properly works. The attention to detail is fabulous. Incorporating things that you never knew you wanted on a kitchen appliance until it is sitting in front of you on your worktop. Like the little “empty me” sign that pops up on the drip tray of the coffee machine. Genius.
As soon as I saw the Smart Waffle Maker at the event we hosted in London, I knew we needed one. Not wanted. But needed. And if the one in front of me at that event had not been the only one in the country I would have knocked it into my handbag. I made Sage promise to let me know as soon as the shipment arrived in the country so that I could get my paws on one immediately.
The idea is simple. It cooks waffles. A variety of waffles from Belgian, to classic, to buttermilk, and works out how long the batter should be cooked for, depending on how light or dark you like the finished product. (it also cooks cheese sandwiches but the less said about that the better).
The genius part of this machine is that around the outside there is a drip tray so that the batter doesn’t run all over your work top. The double genius bit is that it cooks the batter at the same time so you get extra bits to munch on. Like this bit on the right:
Cook’s privilege I call it 🙂
You simply turn it on, selecting the type of waffle you want to make and allow the machine to heat up. It beeps when it is ready. You pour in the desired amount of batter (it comes with a handy measuring spoon so you get just enough for two waffles with each pour) and then close the lid. The machine then senses how much batter there is, the setting you have put it on, and how dark you want it to be, and does it all for you, in around 5 minutes. When it beeps again you lift the lid and have two warm fresh waffles. Which then lift out, leaving no mess. A simple wipe with a piece of kitchen roll and you are ready to go again.
Now do you want to know just how much we loved it? Well, I insisted on taking it on holiday with us to France. I even bought a plug adaptor for it so that I knew I would be able to plug it in and nobody would steal it for a hairdryer. This is us just as we arrived at our overnight hotel in France (the food was so rubbish I even contemplated firing it up in the hotel room).
There are lots of recipes online that suggest using vegetable oil in the recipe, but the one that we use (that came with the instruction booklet) uses butter and I have to say tastes amazing. I am not sure about using oil, surely you want that buttery taste to come through in the finished waffle? Anyway we played around with the recipe and whilst in France threw in a few cherries:
And also made our own sauce with kirsch. You know, as you do.
But actually I just love warm waffles with simple vanilla ice cream, isnt there?
There is also something about making waffles for breakfast. Making the batter the night before and leaving it in the fridge and then firing up the waffle maker and producing warm doughy goodness that tastes great with golden syrup or a slice of bacon makes me feel like a half decent cook. And sure beats toast!
The Smart Waffle is available on the Sage Appliances website and retails for just under £170