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Waffles are a mystery to me in a way that pancakes aren’t. My pancake batter is pretty consistent—my waffle batter is thick one time, thin the next. A pancake you can watch as it cooks on the griddle, while the waffle forms unseen within the iron. The same amount of pancake batter poured upon the griddle produces relatively uniform cakes. The same amount of batter poured on the waffle iron produces a varying amount of either over- or under-filled waffles. I can consistently get about the same number of pancakes from a batch of batter, but the number of waffles produced is different each time. I’ve made the perfect pancake many times over; I’ve yet to make a perfect waffle.

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