Though it is often said to be the most important meal of the day, many people skip breakfast, not having a proper meal until lunchtime. However, breakfast is always sacrificed when you are in a rush in the morning or have the choice between an extra 15 minutes in bed or making food.
One of the most effective ways to build a breakfast routine into your busy life is to make a to-go breakfast in advance. And what better start to your day than crunchy, fluffy Belgian waffles? But how exactly should you reheat Belgian waffles? Is there a quick way to reheat the waffles in the morning without sacrificing the waffle’s quality?
To reheat Belgian waffles, pop them into a toaster for around 1 minute until they are hot through. They can also be reheated in an oven but this will take 10 minutes or so.
How to Reheat Belgian Waffles
There are a few simple but effective ways that you can go about reheating Belgian waffles based on how much time you have in the morning and what appliances you have to hand:
How to Reheat Belgian Waffles in a Toaster
Once you have pre-made your Belgian waffles, the quickest way to reheat them is in your toaster, which is ideal if you want to reheat the waffles for yourself as a quick on-the-go snack.
Just treat the waffles like toast, and you will recreate the perfect amount of crispness for your waffles in no time.
However, you will have to keep a close eye on the toaster to ensure that the waffles do not burn. Here is how to reheat your Belgian waffles using an everyday toaster:
- Prep The Toaster
Set up your toaster so that it only toasts your waffles for roughly 1 minute.
- Add Waffles
Take 2 of your pre-made waffles and place them snuggly into the toaster slots.
Push down the toaster and allow the waffles to reheat for 1 minute.
Once the toaster pops, carefully touch the waffles to test how warm they are. If part of the waffles are still cold, reheat for a further 30 seconds.
When they are hot enough, remove the waffles from your toaster and eat them straight away before they start to cool.
How to Reheat Belgian Waffles in the Oven
Not every weekday morning has to be a rush if you need to feed the kids before school and get yourself to work. When you want to prepare a quick breakfast for the whole family, use your oven to reheat a bigger batch of Belgian waffles:
- Preheat The Oven
Set your oven to 160C for at least 5 minutes before you want to reheat your waffles to warm the oven up.
- Arrange The Waffles
Line a sizable baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your Belgian waffles flat on the baking sheet. Do not allow any waffles to overlap.
To prevent the waffles from drying out too much, take another sheet of parchment paper and lay it over the top of the waffles.
Place the baking tray full of waffles in the middle of your oven. Set a timer for 5 minutes and leave the waffles to reheat.
Use a flat spatula to flip and turn the waffles over after 5 minutes.
- Reheat Again
Then cover the waffles again and reheat for a further 5 minutes or until perfectly warm.
How to Reheat Belgian Waffles Successfully
You may think that very little can go wrong when reheating Belgian waffles, and you would be right. The methods we have detailed above are effortless to follow, with little room for error.
That being said, there are some tips and tricks you can keep in mind to ensure that your reheated Belgian waffles taste the best they can;
- Don’t Neglect the Topping – As delicious as Belgian waffles are, they are even better when paired with some syrup or fruit. Cut up some fresh fruit the night before, or prepare a small pot with some syrup to dip your waffles into to make your quick breakfast even better and more filling.
- Be Wary of Extra Sugar – Belgian waffles are not supposed to be overly sweet to make them easier to mix with various toppings. But if you do like your Belgian waffles on the sweeter side, then keep in mind that extra sugar will likely make the waffles burn quicker when they are being reheated. Keep a close eye on the waffles, and stop reheating them immediately if you start smelling burnt sugar.
- Keep Warm in the Oven – When using your oven to reheat Belgian waffles, you can turn off the oven and leave the waffle in the oven to keep warm for up to 20 minutes. This way, you can reheat the waffles whenever you want and allow your family to grab a wonderfully warm breakfast from the oven when they are ready.
- Freeze Them! – You can freeze your Belgian waffles and then reheat them using the methods above. The waffles will need to either be removed from the freezer and brought to room temperature before you reheat them or simply reheated for longer to ensure that they are fully defrosted and hot before you can eat them.
Is It Safe to Reheat Belgian Waffles?
Like any type of waffle or pancake, Belgian waffles are very safe to reheat.
There is not a lot in the waffles that will make them gather a dangerous amount of bacteria, given that the Belgian waffles are stored air-tight on your kitchen counter and eaten within 4 days.
Reheating Belgian Waffles FAQs
If you have more questions about reheating Belgian waffles, then look through these common queries:
Although it is possible to reheat Belgian waffles in a microwave, you will find that they lose all their crispiness and texture. Instead, they’ll become a little soggy.
When reheating them, you need to use a form of direct heat which is why the toaster is one of the best ways to reheat them. This direct and intense heat will crisp them up without losing texture.
Acacia may be a freelance writer by day, but they are a food fanatic by night. They are always trying out new recipes or finding different ways to elevate classical dishes. But their biggest culinary aim is to educate others on the basics of the kitchen so that they too can enjoy delicious food.