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No shortage of waffle news here

Oprah calling it quits and now this: A national shortage of Eggo waffles.

Will the shock and horror ever end?

Actually, it’s the second weird waffle news I’ve had to swallow this week. The other was the discovery of a spray can of organic waffle batter. A can o’ waffles! Could this be a good thing?

More on that in a moment.

First, the Kellogg kerfluffle: Evidently, the big K had to shut down its four frozen-waffle facilities recently, after the government found that pesky meningitis-causing bacteria listeria in a batch of the buttermilk Eggos.

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But instead of this being a bad, hang-your-head-in-shame thing for Kellogg’s, the shortage has spawned a boatload of publicity and a rush on the frozen breakfast aisle in the local supermarket, as addicts of mediocre breakfast food stock up on their fave flavors. (Even Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert is getting in on the act, calling for President Obama to open the strategic waffle reserves in the face of this national crisis.)

Which leads me to the Batter Blaster, a spray can of organic waffle and pancake batter. With round toaster waffles in short supply, might this be an alternative?

I’ll be honest. I really, really wanted to like this product. It’s organic. It’s in a spray can. Have I mentioned the spray can? Plus, as my daughter pointed out, think how easy it will be to make waffles and pancakes in the shape of our initials with this.

Even better, the Web site is hilariously retro, with a funny demonstration video, a really annoying little song and a yellow color so glaring it could wake the dead.

Here’s the thing: The batter in Batter Blaster needs some oomph. Like maybe some vanilla and a touch more sugar. The waffles I made with it taste like white bread. But, hey, they’re organic. And with enough syrup and butter....

Of course, there is another really retro thing you could do. Make waffles from scratch. It’s easy. And if you make a big batch, you can freeze the extras and pop them in the toaster just like that other kind.

Here’s my favorite recipe.

Lazy Day Waffles
Makes about 12 waffles

You could separate the eggs and whip the egg whites until stiff and then fold them into the batter at the end for lighter waffles, but, frankly, I think these taste just fine without all that. Hence the name.

Adapted from the, which the blogger, in turn, adapted from a recipe in Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything."

2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups low-fat or whole milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the waffle maker, according to manufacturer’s directions.

Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Add to the flour mixture and mix just until combined and no dry streaks remain; do not overmix.

Cook according to your waffle maker’s directions.

-- Candy Sagon, a former Food section staffer

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Hooray! K is out of frozen waffles, Save
money make your own! There is nothing quite
delicious as that golden brown waffle fresh
off the iron. Yes, you can free your own
but the fresh waffle is indeed one of ..WE
like fresh sliced fruit and whipping cream
with our yours. I have never tasted or even
tried a frozen. And Cool Whip is simply
sugared plastic. I hope everyone just goes
out and buys a waffle iron..Frozen waffles
belong in the commerical feezers where
they can remain forever... as the the smart
eaters have learned to make them fresh.PLus
you saved money.

Posted by: kitchenguru1 | November 20, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

We stayed down at a hotel in Williamsburg, VA, which had make your own waffles as part of its brunch. Upon seeing a Belgian waffle maker at Costco, we couldn't resist. It's been the source of many mornings worth of crunchy goodness.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 20, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Are waffles from a can worse than my favorite waffle recipe -- from a box?
When it comes to waffle irons, you can't be much lazier than adding water to ingredients from a box. However, your recipe does sound much tastier....

By the way, what does it say about America that a shortage of Eggo waffles becomes a news story -- and I didn't know that a meningitis scare was the reason until I read this blog? Says a lot about Kellog, though. Great post.

Posted by: writermom2 | November 20, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with writermom2. Guess we're all so sick of the health care battle, a shortage of frozen waffles is a big deal. Then again, it gave us this funny post, so guess it's a good thing.

Posted by: lechat17 | November 21, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

People are rushing to buy waffles from a company where they discovered listeria in the batter? What is wrong with Americans?!! Scratch waffles are so easy. We even make the overnite kind, with yeast in the batter. In the morning the batter's all ready to make. It's so easy! And no listeria!

Posted by: pie4all | November 22, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Waffles? Are you serious? How the heck can there be a shortage of waffles. Batter Blaster? That sounds like something our military got their hands on.

Love the recipe, but honestly, can't the pancakes and waffles of this world just get along? How about this - why not stop buying food propelled spray cans and actually make food from scratch. Yes - I said it - "make food from scratch". Tell your fat little husband or kids to actually help make their own food so you don't have to pay for their diabetes treatments 5 years from now.

Seriously, does this world really need waffle batter propelled from a spray can? Is everyone really that busy that they cannot find the time to actually prepare a real meal for your loved ones??? I sincerely doubt it.

Waffles, pancakes, cheese, whipped cream - spray cans are harmful to the environment and frankly its a waste of our natural resources. Man-up people - time to make a real meal. Stop "spraying" your food into a frying pan.

Posted by: gsinsocal | November 23, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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