“ Brand: Silvercrest / Type: Waffle Maker „
I love gadgets and particularly kitchen gadgets, so when the weekly Lidl leaflet came through the door a few weeks ago saying there would be waffle irons available in store the following week I knew it was something I was going to buy.
Thursday (the day they come into store) came and I took a walk to our local Lidl and headed towards the area where the weekly specials are and came across two different types of waffle iron - one for making cinnamon waffles and one for traditional Belgian style waffles. I chose the Belgian style one as I knew it would be more versatile.
Taking the iron out of the box, it looks similar to a toasted sandwich maker, the main body is brushed steel and the other parts are black plastic. There is a slider to control the temperature and two indicator lights - red to show it is switched on and green to show it has reached temperature. It's not the most sexy gadget I've ever seen but I wouldn't say it is ugly either. There are two plates so that you can make up to two waffles at a time.
The first thing I did was read the instructions, and it all seemed very simple to use. The first thing I had to do was give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth, then coat the plates with some oil or melted butter. Once this was done, I had to turn on the iron on the lowest heat, and once it got to temperature turn it to the highest heat. After this turn the waffle iron off and leave to cool, then give another wipe down with a damp cloth. The waffle iron is then ready to use.
The instruction leaflet also comes with a few recipes: plain waffles, apple waffles and savoury ham waffles. However after seeing Lidl also had "Just add milk" waffle mixes for sale, and buy one get one free at that I stocked up on a few... okay six bottles of this so I haven't used any of the recipes given, although they do look fairly easy to follow.
To use the iron, first heat it up to the required temperature - I normally set it to 3, with the lid closed. When it has got to temperature pour the waffle mixture onto the middle of the plate and let it spread towards the edges of the plate leaving around 2cm. Don't put too much mixture in, when it starts to rise it forces the clasp on the handle undone and will spill out of the iron. Not that I have done this, you understand.
Close the lid and clip the handle into place so it is securely shut. The waffles should be ready after 3 or 4 minutes, you can open it while they are cooking to check on their progress, if they aren't quite ready just close the lid again until they are.
Remove the waffles add your topping of choice - maple syrup and squirty cream for me and enjoy!!
If you're making a batch of waffles, don't stack them on top of each other as they can go soggy. You can place them under a grill on a low heat to keep them warm until you want to eat them. The waffles are also suitable for home freezing once they have a cooled down.
When the iron has cooled down (leave the lid open to help with this) it can be wiped down. I've found it easy to clean after use, and the non-stick plates definitely help with this.
I keep mine in the box when it's not in use, as I find it makes storage a bit easier due to shape of it when it's not boxed. Weighing around 2kgs it's not too heavy which means that it's not a hassle to keep it in a cupboard when you aren't using it and get it out when you want some tasty waffles.
I can't see any reason why you couldn't use this to make potato waffles either, although I would probably put the mash in before turning on so that you could spread it out over the plates without the risking of burning yourself. I'm thinking of trying a bubble n squeak waffle - yum!!
The waffle iron cost £14.99 which I thought was a fantastic price, I'd looked for one previously and they all seemed to be twice as much if not more.
They were in store a couple of weeks ago but I've found in my local one at least, they keep them for sale until all the stock has been bought. They also seem to sell them a few times throughout the year.