August 24th- National Waffle Day
NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY
The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.
In honor of this anniversary, National Waffle Day is observed each year on August 24th.
Waffle irons and waffles originated around the 14th century. An anonymous husband penned the first known waffle recipe as a set of instructions for his wife. According to the manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, each of the four recipes began:
Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine. Toss in some flour, and mix. Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large. Then close the iron and cook both sides. If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease.
- 1911 – First electric waffle iron introduced by General Electric.
- 1953 – Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
- 1964 – Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Here is a waffle recipe for you to make and share with your family and friends!
A classic recipe for buttermilk waffles – the perfect way to make any morning extra-special!
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1¾ cups buttermilk
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently whisk to combine. Do not overmix!
- Spray a waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray, then preheat. Once the waffle maker is ready, add the batter according to the manufacturer’s instructions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the waffle maker indicates they are ready. Serve immediately, or place in a 300-degree oven to keep warm. Leftover waffles can be wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in a ziploc bag and stored in the refrigerator for 2 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.