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We made large Belgian-style waffles tonight and I found it incredibly difficult to evenly spread the butter in each square. In fact, it was so time consuming, by the time I was done, the waffle was barely hot :(

As a second attempt, I cut a tablespoon of butter into 16 tiny cubes and let each cube melt in the waffle butter receptacles. This was slightly more effective but it got butter all over my fingers in the process :(

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Melt the butter and brush it on with a pastry brush.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:05
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    @SAJ14SAJ That comment deserves to be an answer, IMO. Jan 8, 2013 at 8:06
  • @AnishaKaul Its too short, and I cannot think of what to add :-) Thanks, though.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:08
  • @SAJ14SAJ IMO, yours is a to the point answer. I don;t think every answer needs to be like an essay, anyways it is your call. Jan 8, 2013 at 8:10
  • @AnishaKaul Well, I tried it, and the answer went in, although I was accused of not being a human ;-) There is a requirement built into the system that answers exceed a certain number of characters--I didn't think this was long enough to be accepted.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:13

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Melt the butter and brush it on with a pastry brush.

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  • I don't think the brush matters--before I had a pastry brush, I would use a bunch of paper towels folded up. My personal favorite is the silicone type, like this one: amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Silicone-Pastry-Brush/dp/B000JPSI8C/…
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:18
  • Melted butter will not make it any softer than butter spread on to the waffle and melting.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:18
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    got your point. :) Or we can simply dip the waffle in the melted butter to get it covered with butter on both sides? Jan 8, 2013 at 8:19
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    Sure, ja, you betcha. I almost suggested dipping it lobster style into melted butter, but decided that was too silly, and people might not get that it was a joke :-) Of course, dipping the whole waffle might be too much butter.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:21
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    @SAJ14SAJ damn you... There is no such thing as "too much butter."
    – Preston
    Jan 8, 2014 at 14:41
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I would recommend cutting super thin slices of butter (cut from a US "stick of butter") and draping them over each "waffle butter receptacle" so that the butter not only melts into the craters but also on the raised edges.

Maximum yet even butter coverage.

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I've always used a butter spread and simply tilted the knife at a roughly 45 degree angle while scraping across the waffle. It takes about 10-30 seconds to get about 80-90% of the holes. Although the butter is not usually perfectly centered in the hole (walled up on the side) it quickly melts and has been good enough for me.

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Melt a small amount of butter in a large frying pan over medium / low medium. When melted, put the waffle in the pan and lightly toast. Your waffle will be evenly coated, warm and even crispier. Be careful not to burn your butter or waffle. We use this sinful method to make butter buns more buttery. If doing more than one, you might have to clean the pan. Definitely decadent.

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I combined butter and syrup and warmed it. Best of both - melted butter and warm syrup.

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