Cuisinart has done us a favor. Instead of $100 for a standard waffle maker, try $27 for a smaller version that does the same thing.

Cuisinart has done us a favor. Instead of $100 for a standard waffle maker, try $27 for a smaller version that does the same thing.

The Cuisinart Model WMR-CA is a handy, single-waffle maker with features found on its higher-priced cousins. Its brushed stainless-steel body looks good and can be stored on its side to save counter space.

The biggest waffle-making problem is not the machine. It’s the recipe. Don’t use pancake batter. That’s designed for something way different. Use the recipe that comes with the maker as a start.

Batter oozing out the sides will be a problem. Don’t be tempted to overfill the maker. There always will be some expansion.

Although the Cuisinart is nonstick, it’s best to lightly oil the plates. The first waffle always sticks, and this helps. Don’t use a cooking spray as this can harm the surface.

The Cuisinart features five power settings, or browning levels, a deluxe option. Start with the lever in the mid-range. It has lights showing cooking and when the waffle is done to the brown you selected. Opening it before you see the light can ruin your waffle.

It heats up in about 10 seconds and should be hand-washed.

The machine produces only round, classic-American waffles and not the thick Belgian ones. It lists at $55, but can be found from $27 to $40 at retailers including Amazon.com and Sears.

Canton Repository