If you're a waffle fan, please give these a try. Everyone needs a solid waffle recipe in their back pocket, and I'm quite sure these are the end of the waffle conversation for me. You're looking at the waffles I make for every family brunch. They're the waffles requested by my seven-year old nephew when he spends the night - the ones he like from breakfast and dinner ;) And they're the ones included in Near & Far. This is the best waffle recipe I know.
The Secret to a Great Waffle Recipe
I've made these waffles dozens of times, in both Belgian and standard waffle irons. The batter is a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flours along with rolled oats. This combination conspires with lots of buttermilk to give each waffle a nice, moist interior, and a crisp, and beautifully golden crust. A bit of rice flour (or organic cornstarch) keeps the batter from cooking up damp and heavy - this is the secret ingredient. You can also play around with the batter. I tend to keep the ratio of whole wheat to all-purpose flour constant, but sometimes trade in wheat germ for the oats. Or add a bunch of chopped chives and herbs, or a few tablespoons of cacao powder for a chocolate version and chocolate chips when I really want to score points with the kids.
Waffle Tips & Tricks
A couple pro tips: mix up the dry ingredients and keep in a mason jar(s) for easy morning-of assembly. I sometimes do a double or triple batch of the dry ingredients, divide into jars, and keep them on hand for a last-minute cabin, or brunch adventure. Once you combine the dry ingredients, the batter comes together in a flash with just buttermilk, eggs, and butter.
The Best Waffles
- 1 cup | 4.5 oz | 120 g whole wheat flour
- 2 cups | 9 oz | 225 g all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup | 1.75 oz | 50 g rolled oats or 1/2 cup | 1.5 oz | 40 g wheat germ
- 4 oz | 110 g organic cornstarch or rice flour
- 2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 cups | 1 L buttermilk
- 1/2 cup | 4 oz | 115 g butter, melted and cooled
- 4 eggs, separated
Preheat the oven to 225°F | 110°C.
Combine the flours, oats, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, and egg yolks. In a third bowl, using an egg beater or an electric mixer, beat the egg whites into stiff peaks.
Heat the waffle maker, and when it is ready, add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture just starts to come together. Dollop the egg whites across the top of the batter and fold until uniform, using a few strokes as possible.
Use a scoop to ladle the batter into your waffle iron and cook until deeply golden and crisp. Transfer to the warm oven while you make the remaining waffles--the dry heat of the oven helps them set a bit. Any leftover batter will keep for a day or so, refrigerated.