When it comes to buying specialty appliances, there are a couple of things to take into consideration on top of how well the gadget works: how expensive it is and how much you’ll use it. A single-use gadget (a “unitasker”) is not that practical, but if you’re going to get a lot of use out of it, it’s often worth it. That said, when the price is right, it’s hard to say no to a good deal even if you think you’ll only use it a couple of times. This was the case when I picked up a VillaWare Prego Pizzelle Baker. I had been thinking about getting one, but seeing them on the sale table at a nearby kitchen store sealed the deal for me.
The Villaware Pizzelle Baker is very easy to use and works extremely well. All you do is plug it in and wait for it to preheat for a few minutes before using it. You pop the dough onto the nonstick surface, lock the top and bottom plates together and wait. Pizzelles cook very fast – sometimes in as little as 30 seconds – so the machine has no timer or light to indicate when the pizzelles are done. You might have to check on the first batch or two, but after a couple it’s easy to get a feel for it and make another pair of pizzelles every minute. The nonstick surface makes it incredibly easy to remove the finished pizzelles and also means there is virtually no cleanup required for this machine. The baker turns off when you unplug it and takes a while to cool down enough to where it can be put away. No regrets about buying this one. I’ve used it even more than I had anticipated!