A sweet, mild lager adds a yeasty lift and marvelous flavor to these luscious waffles. Serve them with a simple-but-sublime rosemary- and vanilla-infused maple syrup, and there’ll be no waffling from your customers.
Lager Waffles with Rosemary-Vanilla Maple Syrup
Yield: 4 waffles
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup lager (personal choice)
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1 sprig (about 3 inches) fresh
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, lager, milk, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined, taking care not to overmix. Let the batter sit 30 minutes.
While the batter rests, combine the syrup, remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, then keep warm over low heat.
Preheat a waffle iron. Spoon between 1/3 and 1/2 cup of the batter onto the grid (no need to oil it first; the oil in the batter is sufficient). Spread with a rubber spatula, cover and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions until golden and crisp. Repeat with remaining batter, and serve immediately with the warm syrup.
For crispy waffles, place cooked waffles directly on the bottom rack of a preheated 400-degree oven for 2 to 3 minutes.
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.
We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know we will look at Lager fun facts.
The Facts: Bottom fermenting yeast is used in the fermentation process for lager. Lagers ferment at a colder temperature than ales and generally take weeks longer to ferment out than ales.
Characteristically lagers are typically clearer, cleaner and crisper tasting than ales and are meant to be drunk at a colder temperature. (40-50 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Lager styles include Pilsners, Helles, Dunkels, Bocks, Schwarzbiers and Oktoberfests (to name a few).
- December 10th is National Lager Day.
- The first US lager was brewed in 1840 by John Wagner, who had a small brewery in the back of his house on St. John Street in Philadelphia. Wagner brought the first lager yeast to the United States from a brewery in Bavaria.
- The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, not because it was their intended destination (they were on course to sail well south), but they settled on the destination up north simply because they ran out of beer.
- Most lagers are fairly light in color, highly carbonated with a medium hop flavor. The original German lager was dark in color.
- Beer is the 3rd most consumed beverage in the world behind water and tea.
- King Gambrinus is known as the “patron saint of beer” (not to be confused with St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewing).
- The oldest known written recipe is for beer.
- Lager beer is the dominant beer style throughout the brewing world today, except in England where Ale is the primary style of beer consumed in England.
- Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.
Lager Fun Facts We Missed
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Lager.
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun drink facts we will look at Beer.
The Facts: Humans and yeast have been working together for millennia to create tasty brews. As early as the 6th millennium B.C., ancient Sumerians had discovered the art of fermentation. By the 19th century B.C., they were inscribing beer recipes into tablets in the form of a Hymn to Ninkasi, their female deity of beer.September 7th is National Beer Lover’s Day
- While beer is not likely to qualify as a health food anytime soon, it does contain at least one ingredient that’s good for you: silicon. A study released in February 2010 in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture revealed that a couple of beers can provide a healthy daily level of silicon, which is important for bone health. Beers high in malted barley and hops had the most silicon, with Pale Ales topping the list. Wheat beers and lagers are less silicon-rich.
- In ancient and medieval times the job of making beer fell to women. In some cultures it was considered such an honor that only beautiful or noble women could do it. In medieval Europe brewing was one of a housewife’s regular tasks, just like cooking and cleaning and baby making. Some of these women became famous for being exceptional brewers and started supplying people other than their own families.
- The few beer producers who weren’t women tended to be monks. Monasteries have a rich history of brewing beer in order to refresh tired travelers and to sell to make money to run the monastery. Today some still have active breweries, especially the Trappist Monks in Belgium and the Netherlands. Trappists make beer in order to remain entirely self-sufficient, allowing them to run their monasteries on the money they make from the brewery and that alone.
- Today, beer is the preferred beverage of men, according to data from a July 2010 Gallup poll. Of the 67 percent of U.S. adults who drink alcohol, 54 percent of men named beer as their top alcoholic beverage compared with 27 percent of women. (Liquor was equally preferred by both genders, while women heavily favored wine, a trend largely driven by women over 50.)
- Beer is more popular among young people, with half of 18- to 34-year-olds listing it as their top intoxicating beverage. Midwesterners are the top beer-drinkers in the United States, but not by much. Forty-six percent of Midwesterners said beer was their favorite drink, compared with 42 percent of Easterners, 40 percent of Westerners and 37 percent of Southerners.
- Beer was often used as medicine in medieval times. But those people used just about anything as medicine whether it worked or not, right? Modern people wouldn’t be so silly. Or would they? Shortly after the start of Prohibition the government ruled that doctors could give out beer for medicinal purposes (sound familiar?). This made members of the temperance movement furious; here they had finally won their long fight to outlaw alcohol and people were still going to be able to get it because of a loophole in the 18th Amendment. Would doctors’ offices become the new dens of vice that bars had recently been?
- It’s a terrible stereotype that Germans are all huge beer drinkers. However, their country of 80 million did until just a few years ago have more breweries than the 300 million strong USA. They also lay claim to the oldest brewery. Located in Bavaria, Weihenstephan Abbey has been making beer since 1040. That’s almost 1000 years of continuous beer production.
- The age at which you are allowed to buy alcohol varies surprisingly little from country to country, usually falling between 16 and 21. However, parts of India have a drinking age of 25, the latest in the world. Many Muslim countries outlaw alcohol consumption altogether while a very few countries allow anyone of any age to buy beer. The age at which you are allowed to purchase alcohol is often different from when you can legally drink it. For example, in the UK you must be 18 to purchase alcohol but it is legal for you to drink it in a private home under adult supervision from the age of 5.