"A waffle is a cake cooked between two hot plates called a waffle iron. It has adistinctive grid like appearance, the result of raised partitions on the waffle iron. Traditional waffles in the US originated from pilgrims in 1620, who obtained the method from Holland. They are usually served as a sweet breakfast food, topped with butter and various syrups, but are also found in many different savory dishes as well. They are generally denser and thinner than the Belgian waffle, often using a quickbread type recipe."
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