Light and fluffy waffles are one of the easiest thing to make for breakfast. With ingredients from your pantry and whipped egg whites you’ll have waffles that are light on the inside with a perfect exterior in 15 minutes. A buttery waffle that’s so scrumptious you don’t even need toppings.
The Best Waffles Made From Scratch
Don’t you love waking up to the smell of homemade waffles? Whether it’s on Christmas morning, for a special brunch, or just a lazy Saturday morning at home, waffles are ideal for breakfast or brunch. No planning is required, you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.
But if you’ve ever suffered through eating sub-par waffles, you know that the best waffle recipe is one that makes light, fluffy waffles that have a slightly crispy outside and a pillowy inside. There’s a simple trick to making waffles that have the perfect texture, and it’s very easy to do.
Making waffle batter is similar to making pancake batter. But pancakes are quite a bit denser than waffles. So what gives waffles that lighter texture? The secret step you can take is to add whipped egg whites to your batter.
Adding whipped egg whites is a little trick that gives your batter tons of extra air pockets. Once cooked, those air pockets make for crispy waffles with a light and airy inside. Drizzle these with maple syrup, sprinkle with powdered sugar, plop on a scoop of whipped cream, or just dig in! If you use this easy technique, your waffles will be amazing.
I’ve been making this waffle recipe since I got a waffle iron for a wedding present. The girls always get waffles when they come home to visit and when they were growing up it was a favorite for holidays or lazy weekends. We called them my “world famous waffles”. It’s a no-fail recipe that you can throw together without any planning and they’re always a hit.
If you’re looking for a more decadent brunch food, you can try homemade cinnamon bread, sticky pecan buns, or a bananas foster French toast casserole. They’re all pretty sweet, so when I want something a little less sweet, I’ll go for a waffle every time.
Why are waffles so popular?
They’re absolutely delicious, of course! The best waffles are rich and slightly sweet with an airy texture that just isn’t found in any other breakfast food. But what likely makes them so popular is how easy it is to customize them. Everyone can enjoy them. Even the pickiest eaters can top them with syrup and dig right in. They are great with cream cheese sausage balls or candied bacon.
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.
Types of Waffles – Belgian waffles vs American waffles?
Here are some of the most popular waffle varieties you can make at home, starting with my from-scratch recipe which is an American waffle.
American Waffles Recipe – American waffles are usually made with baking powder in the batter so they rise quickly, and they tend to cook up a bit thinner and denser than Belgian waffles. We usually top these with syrup or powdered sugar.
Classic Belgian Waffles – In many ways, Belgian waffles are really only ‘Belgian’ when they’re made in a Belgian waffle maker! This style of waffle iron has deeper crevices for the batter to cook in, so Belgian waffles are thicker than American waffles. They’re sometimes made with a batter that contains yeast, which gives them a more complex flavor and texture. Belgian waffles are heavier and can support a more substantial topping like fried chicken.
Chocolate Chip Waffles – Fairly self-explanatory, chocolate chip waffles have chocolate chips right in the batter. Stir in dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini are my favorites) and cook the waffles for a chocolatey, extra-sweet treat.
Fruit Waffles – Blueberries always seem to be the go-to fruit when it comes to pancakes and waffles, but strawberries, raspberries, and even blackberries are just as yummy! Chop up larger berries. Small berries can go right in the batter. Mix gently. For an extra fruity treat, slice some bananas and serve them on top of your warm waffles with some walnuts.
Chicken and Waffles – Just like it sounds, this classic Southern dish serves up a generous helping of piping hot waffles topped with pieces of boneless, crispy fried chicken. Drizzled with a bit of spicy honey or spicy maple syrup, this is a hearty breakfast or brunch everyone loves!
Homemade Waffle Recipe Ingredients
Everything you need to make homemade waffles is probably in your cupboard already. Heat up your waffle iron, and let’s go.
- Flour – all-purpose is perfect for waffles.
- Baking powder – this along with the egg whites, make them light and fluffy.
- Sugar – Waffles need a touch of sweetness, and a few tablespoons of white sugar is perfect.
- Eggs – You’ll need to separate the eggs into yolks and white for this recipe. The egg whites are the secret ingredient that makes these ultra fluffy!
- Milk – Any milk will do, even skim.
- Butter – Butter gives waffles their golden brown, lightly crisp exterior, and much more flavor than using oil.
How to Make Fluffy Homemade Waffles
Step One: Mix the dry ingredients.
Begin by whisking together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Step Two: Mix the wet and dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, beat the milk and egg yolks. Then slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Don’t overmix! A few lumps are okay. Add the melted butter and use a whisk to stir it into the mixture.
Step Three: Beat the egg whites.
Grab a clean bowl large enough to use a hand mixer (or you can use your stand mixer with the whisk attachment). Pour in the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. Add the egg whites to the batter. Gently fold in the egg whites, trying not to completely deflate them, so the air in the egg whites becomes incorporated into the batter.
Step Four: Cook the waffles.
Pour the mixture into your waffle iron and cook until the outside is golden brown and crispy.
Tips for Making Perfect Waffles
- Be gentle with the egg whites, just fold them in, don’t overmix.
- FULLY preheat your waffle maker before adding the batter. That’s what gives the outside of the waffle an immediate sear and prevents you from ending up with soggy waffles.
- Test the waffle iron with just a little batter to start with so you don’t ruin a whole waffle.
- Serve the waffles immediately! They’re always best piping hot.
The Best Waffle Toppings
A waffle bar is perfect for brunch with family or friends. Who doesn’t love a freshly cooked, customized plate of waffles? Here are some ideas for waffle toppings or if you’re like me, all you need is butter:
- Maple syrup – real maple syrup has jsut the right amount of sweetness
- Whipped cream – a squirt can is great for a party
- Fresh fruit – berries and bananas always seem to be the most popular
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
- Peanut butter
- Caramel sauce
- Fruit preserves and jam
- Crumbled bacon
How to Store Leftover Waffles
To store leftover waffles, you can either refrigerate or freeze them.
To refrigerate leftover waffles, let the cooked waffles cool to room temperature. Place the leftovers in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Eat them within 3 days.
To freeze waffles: Let the waffles cool completely, then lay them out on a baking sheet or wire rack in a single layer. Freeze them for 1-2 hours, or until solid. Then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Use them up within 3 months.
To reheat waffles: Let them thaw then place in a toaster oven or a toaster. If you microwave them,they won’t be crispy.
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Homemade Waffles with Whipped Egg Whites
- 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
- Be gentle when folding in the egg whites, don’t overmix.
- FULLY preheat your waffle maker before adding the batter. That’s what gives the outside of the waffle and immediate sear and prevents you from ending up with soggy waffles.
- All waffle irons cook differently, so test it with just a little batter so you don’t overcook a whole batch.
- Serve the waffles immediately! They’re always best piping hot.