There is definitely a hierarchy of carb-heavy breakfast foods. Though the debate is fierce, there is clearly one superior breakfast carb that is more versatile than all the others. But before the clear choice is revealed, let’s indulge some of the other contenders.
French Toast – Yummy but boring
We’ll start off with French toast, the least versatile and least interesting of the three. It’s so easy to make that you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry. Simply take any kind of bread (challah is the best), dip a piece in beaten eggs, and put it in a pan. Sizzle, flip, and done. You may be able to jazz up French toast with fancy jam, but at the end of the day, French toast is pretty boring. (It’s also not really French).
Pancakes & Crepes – A little better
Pancakes are much more versatile than French toast. You can make them fluffy or thin, with buttermilk or with oat milk, and add in any kind of fruit or chocolate you like. But the real reason pancakes are a competitive force is because of the super-thin variety: The crepe.
Crepes are delicious and diverse, available in both sweet and savory varieties. And don’t feel like you have to have crepes first thing in the morning; they also make for an excellent lunch or dinner treat. In Paris, street vendors across the city serve crepes in cones, perfect for on-the-go snacking.
Waffles – The True King
The truth is, waffles are the most versatile breakfast carb. Here’s why.
Waffles range from the grocery store freezer model to the high-end, Belgian boutique variety. Like crepes, waffles can either be eaten with sweet toppings or savory ones. And you can switch-up the texture of your waffles with different types of batter.
Eggo waffles are probably the most famous freezer brand. They are easy to pop into the toaster, and come in all sorts of flavors, like blueberry and cinnamon sugar. And, if you want to save money, there are a million knock-off brands to choose from in the supermarket freezer aisle.
Les Gaufres de Bruxelles (Brussels waffles)
Most people are familiar with Belgian waffles, but did you know that there are actually two types – the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle.
Brussels waffles are the type that you would normally make in a waffle maker. They have big holes, fluffy batter, and a crispy outer layer. They’re usually served with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, strawberries, Nutella, ice cream, or other sweet desserts.
It’s also common to see people decorate their Brussels waffle with ham, sausage, bacon, egg, and other savory delights.
Les Gaufres de Liège (Liège Waffles)
Liège waffles are the kind that you find in single packets at fancy delis and markets. They’re thicker, sweeter, and have a crunchy texture due to granules of sugar cooked right into the batter. You don’t need any condiments for these waffles as they are sweet enough on their own. But it’s a good idea to have a cup of espresso or hot tea nearby to help cut through that sweetness.
Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion on breakfast carbohydrates. But you can’t deny the versatile range of waffles is far superior to french toast or pancakes.