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Easy Classic Waffles Recipe

This recipe for Easy Classic Waffles yields a delicious, golden, and crispy breakfast treat that the whole family will love. Top with your favorite fruit, syrup, or whipped cream, and enjoy any day of the week.

There’s something honestly therapeutic about whisking together the simple ingredients and pouring ladles of batter onto a hot waffle iron. Making waffles at home is a rewarding experience!

The Perfect Classic Waffles

This Classic Waffles recipe is an excellent choice for anyone looking to make a delicious and satisfying breakfast at home. It calls for pantry staples that you most likely already have on hand, and it yields a light and crisp waffle with a soft, fluffy interior – a perfect texture that will hold up to your favorite toppings. Top it with a pat of butter, a good drizzle of maple syrup, a dusting of powdered sugar, or a mound of fresh fruit.

This recipe takes approximately 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook, making for a total time of 30 minutes and it will yield about 4-6 waffles. That’s breakfast sorted for small to medium-sized families!

Ingredients For Making Fluffy And Crispy Waffles

  • All-purpose flour: provides the structure and texture
  • Baking Powder: help the waffles rise and become fluffy. 
  • Salt: enhances the flavor and balances the sweetness.
  • Sugar: adds sweetness and helps you achieve caramelization
  • Whole milk: create a smooth and creamy batter and provide moisture to the waffles. You can also use 2%, skim, or non-dairy milk such as almond, soy, or oat.
  • Eggs: provide structure and richness and help bind the batter together. They also help the waffles rise and become fluffy.
  • Butter adds flavor and richness and helps prevent the waffles from sticking to the iron. You can use either melted butter or softened butter in the batter.
  • Pure vanilla extract: for a hint of vanilla flavor
  • Non-stick cooking spray for the waffle iron

How To Make Fluffy Waffles

  • Whisk together the dry ingredients
  • Whisk together the wet ingredients
  • Combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients.
  • Preheat your waffle iron. 
  • Once heated, lightly spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour a portion of the waffle batter onto the center of the waffle iron.
  • Close the lid and cook the waffle until golden brown and crisp.
  • Carefully remove the cooked waffle from the iron using a fork or tongs.
  • Place it on a wire rack to cool slightly to maintain the crispness of the waffle.
  • Repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter.
  • Serve warm with your choice of toppings.
Close up picture of a stack of golden-brown classic waffles topped with melted butter and drizzled with maple syrup, ready to be served.

Pro Tips

  • Less is More: Don’t overmix your batter. A gentle whisk is all it takes to achieve a light and airy texture. Overmixing the batter can result in tough and chewy waffles.
  • Hot and Fresh: Waffles taste the best when consumed immediately. They have a delightful crispy texture that’s best experienced fresh off the iron.
  • No Stacking, Please: Steer clear of stacking hot waffles, as the steaming can render them soggy.
  • Preheat your waffle iron properly to ensure that your waffles cook evenly and have a crispy exterior.
  • Use room temperature ingredients to help your waffles cook evenly, resulting in a better texture. Take the eggs and milk from the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before making the batter.
  • Serve hot: Waffles are best served when hot or warm. If you’re making a large batch, keep them warm in a 200°F oven while you finish cooking the rest, and this will prevent them from getting cold and losing their crispiness.

Waffle Toppings

Waffles are a delicious canvas for all kinds of sweet and savory toppings. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your waffle toppings! Some tasty options include:

  • Butter and maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, and so on
  • Whipped cream for an extra creamy and decadent touch.
  • Spread almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter over your waffles. 
  • Top with bacon and a fried or scrambled egg.
  • Top with cheese and ham for a breakfast sandwich-like treat.
  • A scoop of your favorite ice cream.
A mouth-watering platter of waffles paired fried egg

FAQs

Can I make waffle batter ahead of time? Yes, you can make waffle batter ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to use, please give it a quick stir before pouring it into the waffle iron.

Can I freeze waffles? You can freeze waffles for later. Let them cool completely, then stack them with wax paper between each waffle to prevent them from sticking together. Place the stack in a freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month. To reheat, simply toast them in a toaster or oven.

What can I use instead of milk in waffle batter? You can use non-dairy milk such as almond, soy, or oat milk instead of cow’s milk in waffle batter. You can also use water in a pinch, but the waffles may not be as fluffy.

How thick should waffle batter be? Waffle batter should be thick enough to stick to a spoon or whisk but not so thick that it doesn’t flow. It’s best to test the batter on the waffle iron to ensure its consistency before making a whole batch of waffles. The ideal waffle batter thickness is that it spreads evenly across the waffle iron and fills the grooves without overflowing. To ensure the right consistency of the batter, it’s best to follow the recipe instructions carefully and use the recommended amount of flour and liquid. 

Troubleshoot 

Too dense: overmixed batter turns out dense. Mix the batter until combined to fix this, and use a lighter hand when measuring the flour.

Too dry:  try reducing the cooking time to avoid overcooking and add more milk or water to the batter.

Sticking to the waffle iron: did you grease the waffle iron enough? Make sure to generously grease the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or butter, and let the waffle cook until the iron’s indicator light signals it’s done.

Not crispy enough: This could be because you didn’t cook the waffles long enough or didn’t preheat the waffle iron properly. Preheat the waffle iron properly and let the waffles cook for a bit longer until they are golden brown and crispy.

Burning: This is caused by too hot iron or you are leaving the waffles in for too long. Reduce the heat on your waffle iron or reduce the cooking time.

Storage Tips 

You can store waffles at room temperature for up to 1 day, but they will lose their crispness and become soft. If you need to store them for longer, it’s best to freeze or refrigerate them for up to 3-4 days. Place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag to prevent them from drying out.

Reheating: To reheat waffles, place them in a toaster until they are heated and crispy. You can also reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes. If you’re reheating frozen, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

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A stack of golden-brown classic waffles topped with melted butter and drizzled with maple syrup, ready to be served.

Classic Golden Waffles

Brighten up your mornings or bring joy to your brunch with this fail-proof recipe for Easy Classic Waffles. Shatteringly crisp on the outside with a fluffy, tender interior, these waffles are sure to be part of your family's weekend traditions.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 377.3kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Non-stick cooking spray for the waffle iron
  • Toppings of your choice e.g. maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and gently mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter; it’s okay if there are a few lumps.
  • Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once heated, lightly spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour a portion of the waffle batter onto the center of the waffle iron (the amount will depend on the size of your waffle iron; usually around 1/2 to 3/4 cup). Close the lid and cook the waffle until golden brown and crisp, usually between 3-5 minutes, depending on your waffle iron’s settings.
  • Carefully remove the cooked waffle from the iron using a fork or tongs, and place it on a wire rack to cool slightly. This will help to maintain the waffle’s crispiness. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the waffles warm with your choice of toppings, such as maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Notes

  • Try not to open the waffle for the first minute through the cooking time, at this point, the waffle is still forming, opening it up at this time will ruin the shape of the waffles.
  • Waffles are best served when hot or warm
  • If you have leftover waffles or you feel like making a lot at once, simply put the Waffles in an airtight plastic bag and place it in the freezer. It will last in the freezer for up to a month.
  • When you are ready to use the frozen waffles, simply microwave them or place them in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or till it’s heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 3g | Calories: 377.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.9g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 19.4g | Saturated Fat: 11.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 103.8mg | Sodium: 245.9mg | Potassium: 311.9mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 9.7g | Vitamin A: 667.2IU | Calcium: 164.6mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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Miska Knezevic

Thursday 13th of July 2023

EXCELLENT!

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 14th of July 2023

Thank you Miska!

Chichi

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hello please can you specify the measurement for sugar, do we use cup or tablespoon. Great recipe!