Many of us have fond memories of waking up to the smell of fresh waffles in the morning, but have you ever wondered where they came from? The creation of waffles goes back centuries and has gone through many transformations to become the waffles we know and love today. That’s why this month, one of your favorite restaurants, Stow Cafe, is talking about the evolution of one of our favorite breakfast treats, waffles!
The roots of waffles can be traced back to ancient Greece. This was where flat cakes were cooked between two metal plates known as wafer irons. These waffles were made from barley or wheat and were often topped with honey and/or savory herbs and even cheese. The concept of cooking batter between hot plates like this quickly spread throughout Europe and eventually evolved into what we know as waffles today!
Medieval Waffle Makers
By the Middle Ages, waffles had become extremely popular across Europe. Irons with intricate patterns became a status symbol for many, and different regions developed unique designs. Waffle making during this time was considered a craft and waffle irons were often passed down through generations.
Waffles in the Modern Era
With the invention of electric waffle irons in the 20th century, making waffles became more accessible and convenient to make at home. The popularity of waffles grew even more, and creative variations began to emerge. From savory waffles made with cheese and herbs to waffle sandwiches and dessert waffles topped with sweets, the possibilities have truly become endless!
Visit One of Your Favorite Restaurants, Stow Cafe!
If you’re craving waffles after this blog, we encourage you to stop by Stow Cafe for a bite to eat! If you’re looking for more savory options, no worries. We have a little bit of everything to satisfy those tastebuds. For more information on all of our delicious options, check out our online menu or place an order online today. In the meantime, we look forward to dining with you!
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