Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker
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- The Calphalon Kitchen Electrics collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System. Designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, Opti-Heat ensures that foods cook evenly and thoroughly, for reliable results you can count on – every time.
- Illuminated No Peek progress indicator shows. browning progress without lifting the cover.
- High performance bronze nonstick plates.
- Three temperature settings; Light, Medium & Dark.
- Chimes when ready. Automatic shut-off feature.
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Calphalon's No Peek Waffle Maker is perfect for making thick, delicious Belgian waffles. Just pour in the batter and set the shade selector; the No Peek indicator lets you know exactly how brown your waffle is getting – without lifting the cover! Calphalon's exclusive Opti-Heat system ensures even heat delivery. The high performance bronze nonstick surface means you won’t have to add butter or oil to get easy release. And clean-up is a breeze. "
Top Customer Reviews
First I bought the Kitchenaid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker, which makes two big round Belgian waffles at a time. My kids decided the waffles were too big, and I decided the waffles weren't crispy enough, so I recently passed the Kitchenaid along to a friend. Fast forward past several other waffle makers . . . .
Then, hearing that retro waffle irons were better than modern wafflers (see, e.g., Frugal Gourmet among others), I obtained a vintage 1950's Sunbeam CG from a relative, and actually purchased a refurbished 1940's Sunbeam W-2 from Toaster Central. These beauties are from back in the day when products were built to last a lifetime, and non-stick coatings had not yet been invented. Both vintage waffle makers yielded superior results, much better than any of the modern waffle irons I had tried. I chalked it up to the cast aluminum cook surfaces (no non-stick coating) that must be appropriately seasoned and maintained. I was ready to give up on modern waffle makers.
Then . . . I read about the Calphalon "No Peek," with its "bronze" non-stick cooking surface. Well the Calphalon is the first modern waffle iron I have found that can match the crispy texture and consistently fabulous results of the vintage wafflers. I am thrilled that a modern producer has finally created a product to match the crispy and delicious results of the vintage wafflers. Thank you Calphalon -- I absolutely love this product!
(Also, I love the waffle recipes from King Arthur The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook/Dedicated to the Pure Joy of Baking; for chat about vintage waffle makers and really good waffle batter and sourdough pancake/waffle batter see The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American; and my favorite book about the history of waffle makers see Antique Electric Waffle Irons 1900-1960: A History of the Appliance Industry in 20th Century America)
I was ready to buy the Cuisinart WAF-6 (and I would recommend it based on its reviews if you're a die-hard fan of the thinner, traditional-style waffles), but then I spied this Calphalon. The reviews were slightly better than the Cuisinart, and since another reviewer said the pockets were not as deep as a traditional belgian waffle, I thought it would be a nice in-between and gave it a try and hoped for the best. The BEST is EXACTLY what I got.
Here's my top 5 favorite features of this waffle maker:
1. The chime and LED lights work perfectly. The chime is pleasant and on-the-money. The lights light up one-by-one as your waffles are cooking, appearing just like the progress bar on your internet browser. So I can cut up and syrup a couple waffles for my kids while the next batch is going, and simply look over to see if they're almost done so I can man my station.
2. As previously stated, the waffles are a nice compromise between traditional- and belgian-style waffles. I love the crisp outside and the fluffy inside.
3. NO OIL!! I have baked about 15 batches so far, and I have never used a drop of oil. I was shocked to read in the instructions that you don't have to use oil at all, ever! And in approx. 15 batches, I have had only 1 that stuck (when I had lifted the lid about half way and realized they were sticking to the top plate, I gently coaxed them with my spatula and they came right off).
4. Clean-up is so easy, they say just wipe the surface with a damp cloth (only use water), and it has worked every time. I occasionally fill it too full and a little batter seeps out the front, so I just wait a couple minutes til it dries, then just wipe it off, again with only a damp cloth. It doesn't get any easier than that!
5. It pre-heats in about 5 minutes (depending on your setting, of course), and only takes 3-5 minutes to bake a batch.
My words of wisdom to anyone buying this waffle maker:
1. Follow the manufacturer's instructions - they work!!
2. DO NOT USE A PRE-PACKAGED WAFFLE BATTER, AND DEFINITELY DO NOT USE A PANCAKE RECIPE!! PLEASE, PLEASE don't buy a real nice waffle maker and then pour liquid garbage on it! You would only have yourself to blame for having sucky or at least mediocre waffles.
3. Read my recipe, directions & other useful hints, tips & tricks below.
Here's my PERFECT WAFFLE RECIPE (it's actually from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (page 127 - "fast waffles"), except that I add sugar to the recipe):
You will need:
1-3/4 cup milk (I use 2%)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon double-acing baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks (do not skip this step - it makes all the difference in fluffy waffles).
2. Beat the egg whites until they thicken into a foamy white texture, set aside.
3. Add milk & oil to egg yolks, beat gently until mixed, do not over-mix.
4. Add all dry ingredients to yolk/milk/oil mixture, stir with spoon first, then beat until all lumps disappear (B H&G says to leave the batter lumpy - my mum and I respectfully disagree).
5. GENTLY fold beaten egg whites into mixture, DO NOT stir or beat. I personally fold until no lumps of egg white remain visible, although others may disagree, including B H&G.
6. Pre-heat waffle iron to whatever setting you intend to bake your waffles at (I use just one notch above "Medium").
7. Spoon batter into measuring cup (for precision and easier pouring), fill to 2 cups exactly (you may have to adjust this depending on what recipe you use).
8. When chime signals iron is ready, evenly pour batter onto iron. There should be no need to spread the batter using a utensil. There may be some batter that runs over into the excess batter channel - this is fine, if not preferred.
9. I close the lid very slowly (5 seconds) to hedge against spillage.
10. Enjoy your perfect waffles when the chime sounds!
Other useful hints, tips & tricks:
1. For the setting I like, which is just a click above Medium, it ALWAYS smells like the waffles are burning, but alas! they are not. So don't be alarmed if you smell burning waffle. If they truly come out burnt, just adjust the dial down a notch.
2. This recipe makes just over 4 cups of batter, which is 2 batches on this waffle maker. The recipe is pretty easy to cut in half if you just want to make one batch. If you're making waffles for yourself, one batch will be more than enough!!
3. My kids like chocolate chip waffles - try using a hair under 2 cups of batter - pour it in the iron, THEN sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of the batter. They sink into the batter and partially melt during baking, creating a restaurant-quality chocolate chip waffle the kiddos will love!
4. Some recipes I've looked at recommend substituting some brown sugar for the regular sugar - I tried this and it wasn't bad (I replaced the 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar).
You may have to make a batch at each setting to get a feel for the degree of crispness offered. In any event, the inside texture remained moist and slightly chewy, regardless of the darkness/crispness chosen.
A nice feature is that the unit can stand on its side for storage. It cleans up very easily, as long as you do not over fill the squares. No more than 2 cups of batter, as recommended.
Although Calphalon describes this as a "Belgian" waffle maker, I believe this overstates the thickness of the waffles it prepares. They are certainly thicker than, say, Waffle House pancakes, but they are not true Belgian waffles, which should be closer to two inches thick. This unit offers a nice compromise between the two. The waffle cells are deep enough to hold little pools of partially melted butter and syrup in nice proportion to the amount of waffle in the average forkfull.