I wishhhhhhhhhhhhh this place was closer and more convenient to us out here in Issaquah! We’d come here all the time for a weekend treat or I’d come here all the time if I wanted a light and easy lunch during the week.
I received a DM from Bekah at Sweet Iron Waffles a couple weeks ago where she offered for me to come in to try one of their waffles (on the house!) and to post about it on my Instagram. Since I have a few thousand followers (many in the Seattle area!), she’s wanting to get the name “Sweet Iron Waffles” out to the local residents of Seattle and the surrounding areas instead of just being a tourist spot. I, of course, accepted her sweet offer!
We went on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and walked right in to a quaint, eclectic, little joint where 3 girls behind the counter were covered in “batter” and powdered sugar. I mentioned we were meeting Bekah here and she introduced herself right away. We sat down at one of their 4 tables (2 big ones and 2 small ones inside, and 2 small patio sets outside).
This place is teeny-tiny, but so cozy (and Beck is so cute)! If you work in downtown Seattle, this is a perfect before-work breakfast stop or lunch stop for you and people in your office. Bekah brought out our waffles and we were salivating at the instant site of them. Beck had ordered a *Sweet* Peaches n’ Cream waffle w/ mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar and I ordered a *Savory* waffle covered in prosciutto, creme fraiche, & green onions. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We each took one bite and were immediately in waffle heaven. These waffles were fluffy and cakey; like none I’d ever had or made myself. The scallions were sprinkled on top for a mild onion bite with cured and salty prosciutto laid atop a pillowy waffle drizzled in tangy creme fraiche. Could it get any better?! I’m obviously partial to the savory tastes rather than the sweet, but Beck’s peaches n’ cream waffle was idyllic. Fresh and juicy peaches on that same cakey waffle.
After asking Bekah, I came to learn that the secret to these Sweet Iron Waffles is a simple but intricate one. They don’t use a pancake or waffle batter, but a cakey “dough”. That’s what makes these waffles so delicate and airy. Who would think of that?! Not me, I tell ya. I still wouldn’t even attempt to replicate them!
Here’s an itty-bitty “baking” lesson for you (even though I am ANYthing but an authority on baking!): There are some important differences between something like cookie dough and that of cake batter, besides the density of the mix. I use all-purpose flour for any and all things when I’m baking. I always have it on hand in the kitchen and I use it in cooking for rouxs and what not. You can use all-purpose flour for cake baking (like I normally do) but cakes are usually made with cake flour which is much lighter than all-purpose flour. Also, cookies often use only baking soda as a leavening agent as opposed to cakes which prefer baking powder (they’re not interchangeable). To make these waffles, they also use something that’s called “pearl sugar” or “nib sugar” that I’d never heard of before. I read that it’s often used in baking in Scandinavia and other Northern European countries. This sugar is a product of refined white sugar. It’s coarse and doesn’t melt at temperatures typically used for baking. It gets caramelized which gives the waffles a sweet, crunchy texture. This is what makes them so sweet and unique — unlike any other I’ve had! — The only downsides to our experience:
- I’d prefer mine to be warmer than they were
- My waffle didn’t have quite enough of that yummy creme fraiche draped on top of it
- The portions are small
However, despite these three minuscule critiques, I’d go back here in a heartbeat. The flavor combinations and the kindness of the staff was enough to keep us coming back for more! As I said at the beginning, I wish it was closer to me so I could run over there any time I wanted! Give these babies a try when you’re in the mood for something sweet and/or savory if you’re in the Seattle area and are in the mood for a light breakfast or lunch. We can’t wait to bring some friends back with us! The brie, basil, and bacon waffle is calling my name next time =].
***NEW location coming to Capitol Hill before the end of the year!***