There’s nothing quite like light and fluffy homemade waffles. With a batter that comes together in no time, you can whip these up with just a few ingredients you have in your pantry. The ultimate comfort food.
My all time favorite breakfast, and one you’ll make over and over again.
Homemade waffles are one of my favorite comfort foods, whether they’re served at breakfast or dinner. I’ve been making this same exact waffle recipe for over 30 years and have never found a reason to change it one little bit.
They became known as my “world famous” waffles at some point. When Taylor was 6 or so, she had a friend over who asked if they were really “world famous”. I believe they could be if everyone would give them a try.
What makes any homemade waffle recipe light and fluffy, is to separate the eggs and fold the whipped egg whites in at the end. Over the years, I’ve made these for sleepovers, advising groups, Victorian English and Creative Writing classes, as a last meal before going off to college and now it’s what the girls want when they come home to visit.
I hope that when the girls and their friends think back about mornings (or breakfast for dinner) at our house, these perfect waffles will bring back happy memories.
Waffles are one of those things that are so much better homemade than the frozen variety or even what you find in restaurants. I rarely will order waffles out, it’s hard for a restaurant to get that slightly crisp but light and fluffy texture.
While waffles and pancakes have similar ingredients, waffles have butter which is what gives them that crispy texture on the outside but yet they are light and fluffy inside. Pancakes can be a little heavy and finicky to make, but waffles turn out perfect every time.
Pro tip: To keep waffles warm if feeding a crowd, turn the oven on to 250º and place the cooked waffles on a baking sheet. That way everyone can eat warm waffles at the same time.
What you’ll need
- Butter – this is what makes waffles different from pancakes, it gives them a great taste but also makes the outside crispy.
- Eggs – the trick to light and fluffy waffles is separating the eggs and then beating the egg whites.
- Milk– you can use any type, I prefer whole milk, but use what you have in the fridge.
- Dry ingredients – flour, sugar, salt.
How do you make homemade waffles
Step 1: Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Step 2: In a separate bowl mix together milk and egg yolks and add to the dry ingredients. Add melted butter.
Step 3: Whip the egg whites and fold them into the waffle batter, it should be slightly thick.
Step 4: Add batter to a pre-heated waffle iron that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
What should you put on waffles
These waffles taste so good, you may not want to cover them with syrup, just add a bit more butter and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. Of course syrup is never a bad idea.
FAQs and tips
The time it takes to cook waffles with vary depending on your waffle maker and depending on how crispy you like your waffles. Most take between 2-3 minutes.
Both pancakes and waffles have the same ingredients, but waffles contain more butter.
A Belgium waffle has deep pockets made by the waffle iron that will hold butter and syrup.
Waffles can be frozen and then warmed up in the oven or toaster. Let them cool on a wire rack and then freeze flat. Once frozen, place in a freezer bag and they won’t stick together.
More breakfast favorites
Inspired by Biscuits, Spoonbread and Sweet Potato Pie
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 eggs separated
- 1 ¾ cups milk
- 5 tablespoons melted butter
- Waffle Iron
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the milk and stir into the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter and whisk together until smooth.
- In a third bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and gently fold into the batter.
- Pour into a hot waffle iron and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- If the batter is too thick, add more milk. It will get thicker the longer it sits.
- If you want crispier waffles, make a thinner batter by increasing the milk.
- To keep waffles warm, place in the oven on a baking sheet set at 250º.