A Waffle Bar is a great addition to any brunch party. A few days ago I hosted a small brunch party for my extended family and the Waffle Bar turned out to be the highlight of the party.
The best part is that it is very easy to set up and you can have as many or as little toppings as you want.
Making the Waffles
I use my Secura Upgrade Automatic 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker w/Removable Plates which I had purchased on Amazon. It has served me well during the last one year or so. I usually use Pearl Milling Company Pancake and Waffle Mix for convenience sake, especially when making large batches but of course, you can use your favorite recipe. It takes me about 3-3:30 minutes for one waffle, depending upon the level of desired crispiness.
Warming the Waffles
Some people like to keep pre measured waffle batter in disposable cups so that guests can make their own waffles on the spot and enjoy them right out of the waffle maker. However, I prefer making the waffles a couple of hours before guests arrive. I keep them on Oven Safe Wire Racks set on baking sheets. Just before serving time I pop them in a pre heated oven at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.
You can also keep the waffles directly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper but I find that keeping them on wire racks prevents them from turning soggy.
Toppings For Waffles
The most fun part of setting up the Waffle Bar are the toppings. Here are some ideas:
Berries – Strawberries and blueberries seem to be the most popular choice when it comes to waffles but feel free to add some blackberries and raspberries for variety.
Bananas – Bananas are another popular choice as a waffle topping.
Syrups – No waffle bar can be complete without some syrups. Chocolate Fudge sauce, maple syrup, flavored waffle syrups, ‘Original syrup’ all add variety to the Waffle Bar. In my experience, if you have kids in the party make sure to have some ‘Original Syrup’ on hand. Many of them prefer the sugary stuff over real maple syrup or other options.
Whipped cream – A squirt of whipped cream from an aerosol can adds a special touch to any waffle.
Other toppings – Sprinkles, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, Nutella – the possibilities are endless !
Setting Up The Waffle Bar
Cut up the waffles into quarters to avoid wastage, especially if there are other items in your breakfast/brunch buffet. It also allows guests to experiment with different toppings with each piece of waffle.
You can use a cake stand to keep syrups or other toppings. Similarly, a Tiered Serving Stand can also be used to vary the height of different items on the buffet table and add visual appeal .A sectional plate can be used for serving toppings such as sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts or berries.
A small table sign saying ‘Waffle Bar’ or ‘Waffle Station’ adds a nice touch and directs guests to their choice of station at a buffet. If you don’t have the time to design your own you can download the template that I designed for my party. Simply print it using your home printer and put it in a table top frame.
A vase of fresh flowers also adds a lovely touch to any buffet .
More Ideas for Brunch Buffet
For my last brunch party I had a mix of Continental and Western Dishes. Here’s the menu I had:
Continental – Waffle Bar, Chicken Croissant Sandwiches, Variety of Muffins, Bread Pudding.
Indian – Pav Bhaji, Makki Ki Roti with Sarson Ka Saag, Shami Kababs, Egg Bhujiya (Indian styled scrambled eggs), Rotis.
Other items – Tea, Juices, Fresh Fruits
Other popular combinations for an Indian/South Asian menu include:
Halwa , Puri, Chole, Aloo Sabzi
Paratha, Keema, Omelette, Aloo Bhujiya
Upma, Idli , Medu Vada, Uttapam, Sambar, Chutneys
For continental options you can consider Mini Quiches, Breakfast Burritos, French Toast, Pancake Bar.
For general party planning tips and sample dinner menus check out this blog post.
Happy Hosting !
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.