This article will tell you everything that you need to know about how to make an Eggo Homestyle waffle that has shallow pockets and small squares just like the Eggo Homestyle frozen waffles you can buy in Safeway’s frozen foods aisle. Only Dash’s thin Eggo style waffle makers have the 0.5 inch thick pockets and 4.5-inch diameter to make an Eggo homestyle waffle. A Belgian waffle maker is designed to make 1-inch thick Belgian waffles so they cannot be used to make a much thinner Eggo waffle. If you try to use a Belgian waffle maker to make your Eggo waffles instead, the top of the waffle will end up with a lot of raw patches and the finished waffle will have larger squares than an Eggo waffle would have.
Frozen Eggo waffles are one of the most popular American breakfast foods because they have a delicious aroma, satisfy anyone’s appetite, and taste damn great. These waffles are a lot easier to prepare than your homemade waffle recipe. These delicious waffles have less than 100 calories each so you won’t be wrecking your waistline very much. They also have a slightly crunchy exterior and enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Eggo Homestyle and Buttermilk waffles are their two most popular waffle flavors because they have the right amount of sweetness. However, if you want frozen Eggo waffles with a lot more sugar, then you can try their delicious Eggo grab go liege buttery maple and strawberry waffles that was released in April 2022.
Who invented Eggo frozen waffles?
During the 1950s, pre-packaged foods, including frozen foods and cake mixes, became very popular because they were much easier to prepare than making everything from scratch.
In 1953, three brothers, Tony, Sam, and Frank Dorsa, invented Eggo frozen waffles in San Jose, California. The Dorsa brothers invented these frozen Eggo waffles to make it much easier to prepare waffles at home because they wanted to take advantage of the frozen food craze of the 1950s. Instead of pouring batter into a thin waffle maker which can get quite messy, waffle lovers can just pop an Eggo frozen waffle into a toaster and just a minute later it is ready to eat.
At the time, there were no machines that could make these frozen waffles on a mass scale. So Frank Dorsa put his machinist background to good use and came up with a rotating carousel that had many electric waffle makers attached to it. Various employees placed around the carousel would flip each waffle over so that both sides would be properly baked. This carousel was able to make thousands of perfectly cooked waffles each hour. These waffles were then frozen and packaged for distribution to supermarkets.
This major advancement made the frozen food industry stand up and take notice because these frozen waffles allowed people to use a toaster to easily make waffles instead of spending a lot of time making waffle batter and cleaning up a big mess on their countertop afterward.
These waffles initially went by the very catchy froffles, which was a very clever play on the words ‘frozen’ and ‘waffles’. However, many people began calling them Eggo instead because they had an eggy taste. Eventually, the Dorsa brothers ceded to popular demand by changing the name from froffles to Eggo.
The Dorsa brother’s frozen waffles were met with some resistance at the beginning, but eventually, the ease of preparation and delicious taste caught on and it became a breakfast staple in American households. Today, there are frozen waffles for people on a Keto or protein-heavy diet, proving that they were on to something.
Ingredients for Eggo Homestyle Waffles
The recipe for homemade Eggo Homestyle Waffles listed below consists of all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, whole milk, melted butter, and eggs. With just these several ingredients, these waffles are really easy to make from scratch. The ingredients are mixed together in a large bowl by hand or with an electric mixer. Afterward, pour some of the batter onto the bottom cooking plate of your thin waffle maker and, about five minutes later, your delicious, crispy Eggo-style waffle is ready to serve with maple syrup or powdered sugar.
Ingredients List for Homemade Eggo Homestyle Waffles
• 2 cups of all-purpose flour – This type of flour is versatile, meaning that it can be used in a variety of recipes – from cakes to cookies. It helps to bind the ingredients together and provides a nice crispy crust. If you don’t have all-purpose flour on hand, you can use another type of flour such as whole wheat or rye, but your waffles may not turn out as tender and fluffy.
• 2 Large eggs – Eggs contain proteins, which are chains of amino acids. When these proteins are heated, they unfold and form new structures. This is what makes eggs a good binder in baking recipes. The proteins in the eggs coat the flour and hold it together, forming a light, fluffy waffle.
Without eggs, waffles would be dense and heavy instead of fluffy and light. They would also be less likely to rise very much, resulting in a flatter pancake-like texture.
• 1 cup of whole milk – When you make breakfast waffles for your family, do you normally just use milk or do you go against the grain and try whole milk instead? Whole milk is important in waffle making because it contains more fat than other types of milk. This fat is necessary in order to create a crispy outside and fluffy inside of your waffles.
Milk is made up of three parts: fat, protein, and sugar. By just using regular milk, you are allowing the protein to take over which will make your waffles dense and heavy. But whole milk has a higher fat content, which means that the protein has a harder time taking over, resulting in a fluffier and lighter waffle.
• 1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter – The purpose of melted unsalted butter is to add flavor and richness to your waffles. The butter also makes the outside of your waffles crispy and provides moisture, resulting in a moister interior.
• 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar – For the best results, be sure to use granulated sugar rather than brown sugar or honey. After granulated sugar is cooked in the waffle iron, it will caramelize which will create a crispy brown outer crust and rich, sweet flavor and aroma.
The two most popular types of sugar used for baking are granulated sugar and brown sugar. Granulated sugar is white and crystalline while brown sugar is made from cane syrup and has a molasses flavor.
Granulated sugar is typically used in recipes for waffles and pancakes while brown sugar can be used in place of granulated sugar in some recipes, like cookies or cakes. The molasses gives these treats a richer flavor and a chewier texture which is not a great fit for waffles.
• 1 teaspoon of salt – Salt is primarily used to add flavor but it also helps to control the consistency and texture of the batter, and can even help to make them crispy. In general, you’ll want to use salt sparingly, as too much can overtake the sugar, making it less sweet.
• 2 teaspoons of baking powder – Baking powder serves two main purposes: to help the waffle batter rise and to give the waffles a crispy texture. Baking powder is a leavening agent that is a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar. When you combine baking powder with wet ingredients, the baking soda is activated and starts to release carbon dioxide gas, giving the batter more lift which will make the finished waffles fluffier. The acid in the baking powder creates a crispy crust on the outside of the waffles.
• 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract – Vanilla extract is used to enhance the existing flavors in your waffle batter and to give it a subtle vanilla flavor, reducing the amount of sugar necessary to sweeten your batter.
Differences between Eggo Homestyle and Eggo Buttermilk Waffles
The main difference between Eggo Homestyle waffles and Eggo Buttermilk waffles is that Eggo Buttermilk waffles use buttermilk instead of whole milk and they use less sugar and more salt.
If you want to make Eggo Buttermilk waffles with the same homemade recipe for Eggo Homestyle waffles listed above, you will have to start by swapping the 1 cup of whole milk for 1 cup of buttermilk. Buttermilk is known for its tangy flavor and creamy texture. It will also make your batter thicker so that it doesn’t spread out as much on the cooking plate, resulting in more fluffy and tender waffles with more defined edges.
To give the Eggo buttermilk waffles their signature sour and tangy flavor, you will also have to reduce the 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar used for Eggo Homestyle waffles to only 1 tablespoon, increase the 1 teaspoon of salt to 2 teaspoons, and swap the 2 teaspoons of baking powder for 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Baking powder already has the necessary acid required to produce carbon dioxide so combining it with the acid in buttermilk will only negatively affect the leavening process.
How to Use a Thin Waffle Maker to Make your Eggo Homestyle Waffles
After you gather all of the ingredients mentioned above and begin preheating your thin waffle maker, you should follow the steps below to make some delicious Eggo-style waffles. The waffles plates of most thin waffle makers will make a thin round waffle that is about 7-inches in diameter which is about 2 inches wider than the typical Eggo waffle but about the same width as a Waffle House waffle.
1. You should sift all of the dry ingredients together to remove any lumps and create a smooth mixture. By doing this, the dry ingredients are evenly distributed which will give the batter a consistent texture. Additionally, sifting helps to aerate the dry ingredients, which can lead to a lighter and fluffier final product. The dry ingredients include all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
2. Then you should mix all of the wet ingredients into a large bowl. The wet ingredients include eggs, whole milk, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
3. Gradually add the wet mixture from step 3 to the dry ingredients mixture from step 2 while whisking. It’s important to add the liquids slowly to prevent lumps from forming. Mix until the batter is smooth, with no visible clumps.
Whisk it really well until there is a thick but pourable consistency. If the batter is too thin, you can add a little more flour or cornstarch to thicken it up. If it’s too thick, you can add a little more milk or water to thin it out.
Waffle batter recipes have more sugar and fat than pancake batter. This is why waffle batter will have a thicker consistency than pancake batter but it should not be as thick as cookie dough. Pancake batter should be thinner and runnier while waffle batter should not be clumpy or runny like oil or water.
Use a wire whisk or a hand mixer to mix the batter. Whisking by hand can take some time, but it will help to incorporate air into the batter, which will make your waffles light and fluffy. If you use a hand mixer, you should use the lowest speed setting to avoid over-mixing the batter because that can cause the gluten proteins in the flour to become overworked and really strong, leading to a dense, chewy, and tough waffle, and can also integrate excess air into the batter, which can cause the waffle to collapse during baking.
4. Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for about 6 minutes. This will give the gluten in the flour a chance to relax, which will result in a more tender waffle.
Before you pour any waffle batter onto the bottom cooking plate, be sure to spray some PAM nonstick spray onto both cooking plates so that your waffles do not stick and fall apart when you try to remove them.
5. Preheat your thin waffle maker at the browning setting that you want your Eggo-style waffle to have. If you want your waffle to have a darker shade, you should choose a higher browning setting. The preheating process should take about 6 minutes to complete. After the ready-to-cook/serve indicator light turns on to indicate that the preheating process has been completed, you can pour a half cup of waffle batter onto the center of the bottom waffle plate and lower the lid. The ready-to-cook/serve indicator light will turn off after you lower the lid.
6. Your waffle is done baking when the ready-to-cook/serve indicator light turns back on. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove your waffle using some plastic tongs or a wooden spoon and place it on a plate. You can repeat the entire process again with as many waffles as you want with any remaining batter.
7. If you have any finished waffles left over, you can place them in Ziploc bags and store them in your freezer overnight. When you are ready to eat them, just put them in your toaster so that you can get them as delicious, warm, and crispy as the Eggo waffles you had when you were a kid.