The Best Waffles Ever Recipe

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The Best Waffles Ever
This recipe for waffles has been in my family for years. A little more effort than pancakes but always more impressive. These waffles are light, airy, sweet, crisp — well, they’re the best waffles ever!

UPDATE: Watch the Quick And Easy Waffles Video for a quick and easy version of The Best Waffles Ever!

Ingredients for The Best Waffles Ever!:
1 3/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
2 beaten egg yolks
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites whipped till stiff

Equipment for The Best Waffles Ever!:
waffle iron (either Belgium or regular)
electric mixer or a metal bowl, whisk, strong arm and patience

NOTES: Makes about 10 Belgium waffles or 12-14 Regular waffles. If the stiffened egg whites are too much trouble, do not separate eggs and add whole eggs to the wet ingredients, fold into the dry. Batter will be lumpy. UPDATE: Watch the Quick And Easy Waffle Video for a quick and easy version of The Best Waffles Ever!

Directions:
The Best Waffles Ever
Depending on your waffle iron, you may want to begin preheating. Separate egg whites from yolks. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Create a well in the center and pour milk, beaten egg yolks, canola oil and vanilla. Mix just until combined. Batter will be lumpy.

The Best Waffles Ever
Beat eggs whites until stiff. Fold stiffened egg whites into mixture. Batter will be really lumpy. Pour batter into preheated waffle iron. Do not over-fill with batter. You know who you are… Bake until desired color according to settings on your waffle iron.

The Best Waffles Ever
Top with butter and syrup (or whatever you like). MAKE AHEAD TIP: To make “toaster waffles” set waffle iron to a lesser setting. Cook waffles until pale, not golden. Allow to cool. Wrap in plastic and freeze. When ready to use, pop into the toaster and enjoy!

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24 Responses to “The Best Waffles Ever Recipe”

  1. Joanna in the kitchen
    2/24/2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Those are fantastic and yummy but I guess I’m too lazy to do that at home ;-)

  2. Average Betty
    2/25/2008 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Joanna! Thanks for the sweet words. They do take a little time, but they are worth it! And if you are lazy… make a big batch and freeze em’ for toaster waffles. :) Then you’ll have weeks worth of waffles with no effort whatsoever!

  3. GM
    3/31/2009 at 8:57 pm #

    seems you’re a genius at cooking, is it from years of experience ? hmm.. ur sassy videos are quite a mouthful too ! keep on dishing.

  4. Average Betty
    4/1/2009 at 7:46 am #

    Hi GM,
    A genius? I don’t know about that… but a lot of trial and error and yes – growing up the last of 6 kids, we didn’t go out to eat much! I owe a lot to my Mom and older sisters… Outdoor cooking skills with my Dad and even my older brother who I’d always make chocolate chip cookies with :)
    Glad you’re liking the videos too! You keep watchin’, I’ll keep dishin’!
    Cheers,
    Betty

  5. Gynntonic
    7/8/2009 at 4:14 am #

    I’ve never been successful in making waffles…my third attempt at least.

    Tried your recipe. It was GREAT and they taste fantastic! Haha…had a hard time beating the stiffened but it was worth it. (thanks to my strong arms…hehe)

    However, I have a problem. The waffle sticks onto the waffle irons. The strange thing is the top part is ok, itz the bottom part that sticks. :(
    What could be the likely problem?
    1. Is there a need to oil the irons before pouring in the batter?
    2. Was it baked too long? Roughly how long to bake?
    3. My waffle irons has only 2 lights, red to indicate it been turned on. Green will be on during cooking and off when ready. Should i follow this light indication?

    Or it is due to some other problem?

    Pls advise. Thanks! :)

  6. Gynntonic
    7/8/2009 at 5:09 am #

    Hi Betty,

    sorry, 2 more questions:

    1. Is there another name for multi-purpose flour? (Cake flour? Wheat flour?)

    2. In the absence of multi-purpose flour, can I replace with plain flour or self-raising flour?

    Thanks

  7. Average Betty
    7/8/2009 at 9:08 am #

    Hi Gynntonic!

    I am so happy that my waffle recipe worked for you! YAY!!! I’m so impressed that you beat the eggs whites by hand. Quite a workout!!

    About your sticking problem… Oiling the griddle and making sure it is preheated before pouring the batter in can help. When I remove my waffles, I use a fork. Just a regular old kitchen fork and gently poke the waffle until it is dislodged from the griddles. Because you have added the fluffed egg white, it makes for a lighter, more delicate waffle and therefore requires a little more love removing from the iron.

    Let’s see if I can help with your questions:

    1. Is there a need to oil the irons before pouring in the batter?
    **You can definitely brush a little oil (or use a spray with the waffle iron off and unplugged) before turning it on and preheating.
    2. Was it baked too long? Roughly how long to bake?
    **All waffle irons vary depending on size, temperature settings – even age of the unit, so it’s hard to gauge. BUT, I prefer my waffles a shade slightly darker than golden, so they are a bit crisp too. My best guess is that it is in the preheated waffle iron about 5 minutes.
    3. My waffle irons has only 2 lights, red to indicate it been turned on. Green will be on during cooking and off when ready. Should i follow this light indication?
    **I follow the light indicator on my waffle iron. In addition to the lights there is a slider numbered from 1-7. I set the slider on 5-6 for the crisp version I prefer.

    1. Is there another name for multi-purpose flour? (Cake flour? Wheat flour?)
    **Multi-Purpose flour is also called All-Purpose or PLAIN flour. All-Purpose flour is not Cake Flour or Wheat Flour.

    2. In the absence of multi-purpose flour, can I replace with plain flour or self-raising flour?
    **Plain Flour is Multi-Purpose flour. If you use Self-Rising Flour you will not need to add baking powder or salt.

    Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any more questions… Thanks so much for trying my recipe! I hope you’ll try more and let me know if you have any requests :)

    Cheers,
    Betty

  8. Gynntonic
    7/8/2009 at 9:39 am #

    Hey Betty,

    Thanks for the prompt reply and answering all my questions. You’re so wonderful!

    Great! I’ll try it again tomorrow. :) Btw, can i use chocolate milk instead?

    Thanks once again! :)

  9. Average Betty
    7/8/2009 at 9:42 am #

    You got it Gynntonic! Thank you!

    Chocolate milk? I’ve never tried it, but… how bad with anything chocolate added be bad? LOL!

    If you try that – you’ve got to let me know how it turns out!! Take a picture, I’ll put it on my homepage :)

    Cheers,
    Betty

  10. jay29
    6/23/2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Best waffle recipe I’ve ever tried! Made them for my dad’s birthday today and we all loved it! Thanks so much!

  11. the mick
    7/30/2010 at 4:36 pm #

    how much in grams is 1

  12. the mick
    7/30/2010 at 4:37 pm #

    how much in grams is 1 cup?can you use melted butter instead of canola oil?

  13. Average Betty
    7/30/2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi the mick!

    Good questions :)

    Here is a converter – http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cooking-conversions/gram-conversions.aspx

    One cup of milk is about 240 grams, and a cup of flour about 125 grams.

    I’ve never tried subbing butter for canola. If you’re desperate for waffles – go for it and let me know what happens :D It would be best to clarify the butter, but that seems like a lot of trouble. Doesn’t have to be canola, any vegetable oil will do.

    Hope you enjoy the waffles – I’d love to know what you think!

    Cheers,
    Betty

  14. Diane {Created by Diane}
    4/30/2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Can’t wait to give these a try, I LOVE waffles! Can’t wait to see you this weekend :)

  15. Joe F.
    3/17/2013 at 8:36 am #

    Been using this recipe for a while now. They truly are the best waffles ever. I add a tsp of cinnamon to the batter, tastes great.

  16. Average Betty
    3/20/2013 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks, Joe! My Mom would be so proud to hear it! Love the addition of cinnamon too – thanks!

  17. Jennifer
    5/5/2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Hey, I was just wondering if I can use whole wheat flour for these? I’m trying them with regular flour but just thought I’d ask.
    Thanks!

  18. Ayman
    10/4/2013 at 8:56 am #

    Great waffle , I took the sugar out and I added cheese and ham to the batter ,

  19. mjnorl
    1/6/2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Ayman is getting creative !!!!!

    sounds great… how did you add the ham?? just blending it??

    i have an idea for you… add 1 beer to the batter… i have never tried with waffles but i constantly do it with crepes… once you get the waffle done, serve it with prosciutto and black olives…

  20. Jana
    1/19/2014 at 7:29 am #

    I did these waffles many times and they never disappoint! Whole family loves them! Thank you so much for this great recipe. Indeed the best waffles recipe ever :)

  21. Landus
    4/10/2014 at 7:35 pm #

    WOW! I just made the waffles for dinner and hands down the best waffles I have ever made. You are a Waffle Goddess! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks a million Betty!

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