French Gaufrette Iron

French Gaufrette Iron

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Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Nordic Ware manufactured this French gaufrette iron during the 1950s. The iron’s two parts are hinged together, with handles extending from the opposite end. After preheating the iron, the rich, buttery dough is spooned onto one of the interior surfaces. The iron is closed and returned to the heat, then turned over to allow even baking. Because the interior surfaces of the iron are scored, a waffle-like texture is imparted to the wafers.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Nordic Ware
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
wood (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 14 3/4 in x 4 in; 3.81 cm x 37.465 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
2007.0034.01
catalog number
2007.0034.01
accession number
2007.0034
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

My family came to this country from France in 1912 with their gaufrette iron. When my mother, her sister and brother married, they passed the iron around to each other and they made their Christmas gaufrettes. Finally an iron was found locally at an old hardware store, so my mother had her own and I ordered one from Nordic ware catalog about 20 or so years ago. I have not made them for the last 2 years but this year I will. My family loves these cookies. Sarah Watts Cudlip

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