Waffles, or, Obelios as the ancient Greeks used to call them, were believed to have been invented in ancient Greece, however, these tasty, savoury cakes weren’t always as sweet and delicious. Unleavened wafers called oublies by the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe, were made by mixing grain, flower and water several years after their invention. Eventually, more ingredients, such as spices, honey, cream, and butter made their way into oublie batter recipes. Leavening agents were also added to make the wafers thicker and doughier. The thicker wafer soon became the wafel. In the 15th century, Dutch wafel makers began forging rectangular plates with a grid pattern. Although no one knows for certain, experts believe the waffle grid pattern that we know today came about naturally as a way to cook less batter over a larger surface area.
Today, in the 21st century waffles are very versatile and can be made with many different ingredients, for example, our Buttermilk Bacon Waffles recipe, it's one that the entire family will love. These buttermilk bacon waffles will take your breakfast to the next level by taking two popular breakfast elements and combining them to create the ultimate breakfast. Made with Ontario buttermilk and bacon, these waffles are both sweet and savoury. Spread a generous amount of local maple syrup on your buttermilk bacon waffles and dig in!
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together Ontario buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla. Pour over flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Stir in bacon.
Heat waffle iron. For each waffle brush lightly with oil; pour in about 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the batter. Close lid and cook for about 4 minutes or until steam stops and waffle is crisp and golden. (This time and amount will vary depending on the size of your waffle iron)
Repeat with remaining batter.
Serve with berries, cream and maple syrup.
Top 5 Nutrients: Riboflavin 37%DV, Manganese 36%DV, Vitamin C 30% DV, Folate 21%DV, Niacin 17%DV.
[*toppings include a 1/11th portion of whipped cream, strawberries and 1 tbsp maple syrup]