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Not just a load of old waffle!

Pass the syrup … we’re indulging in golden, crispy waffles today.

Who can say no to the sweet and crunchy goodness of waffles? It is after all one of the ultimate breakfast or dessert treats.

Although the recipe for making basic waffles is the same around the world, the same cannot be said for the toppings.

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South Africans tend to stick to the likes of honey, Nutella, ice-cream or banana and cream while Americans like to tuck into waffles topped with fried chicken or stacked with crispy bacon and drenched in maple syrup.

Swedish waffles are made in special irons that create four heart shapes and are usually served with a dollop of cream and fresh berries while in Hong Kong you will find waffles laced with the flavours of peanut butter or honey melon.

Whatever toppings tickles your fancy, make sure you celebrate International Waffle Day with this classic recipe from Capsicum Culinary Studio.

Classic waffles

Makes 10 to 12 waffles

You’ll need: 2 cups all-purpose flour; 1 teaspoon salt; 4 teaspoons baking powder; 2 tablespoons white sugar; 2 eggs; 1 ½ cups warm milk; ⅓ cup butter, melted; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to: 

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar then set aside. Pre-heat your waffle iron to the desired temperature.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat until well blended.

Ladle the batter into the hot waffle iron and cook until golden and crisp. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.

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