If I ask the hubs what he wants for breakfast on a lazy weekend morning, 8 out of 10 times he will say… WAFFLES! The 2 other time he will say cereal. So lets just say we eat a lot of waffles.
It was only recently, though, that we found the ultimate recipe. Buttermilk Waffles. This simple recipe makes thick waffles with that crisp exterior that is so satisfying when you first bite into a waffle. But don’t worry, it also creates a soft interior dough that helps to soak up all the butter and maple syrup. This is the one and only go-to waffle recipe at our house not only because it’s absolutely delicious but because it calls for basic ingredients that we ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand.
The secret to this recipe that makes it so special is the buttermilk. Buttermilk is a perplexing ingredient to me. When you think about it, it’s sour chunky milk. That doesn’t sound appetizing and honestly doesn’t scream delicious to me. But add it to pancakes, coffee cake, frying batters, dressings, biscuits or brines. and watch how it elevates your food. It transforms meats into melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces and baked goods into springy, moist confections. It gives tang and texture to dressings, ice creams, and custards. And, of course, it’s the not-so-secret ingredient in fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
That being said, I never ever buy buttermilk, at least not for baking purposes. Why buy an ingredient that takes 5 seconds to make. Any time a recipe calls for buttermilk, simply follow these 2 easy steps:
1 scant cup milk (whole, 2%, or heavy cream)
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar
- Stir milk and lemon juice or white vinegar.
- Let stand 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature. The milk will become slightly thickened and you’ll see some small curdled bits. The curdled bits will not end up in your finished recipe.
Now onto the best part…. WAFFLES. I do need to mention, there is 1 KEY ingredient for waffles that you must have. A waffle maker. Seems intuitive but sadly you can’t make waffles without a waffle maker 💁Although it’s not used everyday, we get really good use out of this appliance. And surprisingly it was not crazy expensive. This is ours and we’ve had it for years!!! Good investment in my opinion for hundreds of homemade waffles.
In terms of topping, possibilities are endless. I like to think of a waffle as a flying saucer carrying loads of toppings that will ultimately end up in my belly. Personally my topping are all over the place. I love fruit and whipped cream, coconut flakes and syrup, yogurt + jam + granola, caramelized bananas and powdered sugar, syrup and candied nuts, even avocado and a fried egg! The hubs on the other hand is a traditionalist: butter and good quality maple syrup for him. Either way, get creative! There is really no right answer here. Any topping you choose will be oh so right.
So if you are one of those people who craves restaurant waffles or hotel breakfast waffles, do yourself a favor get yourself a waffle maker and try this recipe. Warning, I can’t promise that you won’t start making waffles every weekend!
Serves: 4 waffles; recipe doubles easily
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk (either store-bought or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vegetable or canola oil for waffle iron
If you do not have buttermilk on hand, make it by stirring milk and lemon juice or white vinegar. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature. Preheat waffle iron.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract in another bowl. Then pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Brush or spray hot waffle iron lightly with oil and pour a rough heaping 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle maker. Cook according to the waffle maker instructions, about 3 minutes.
Serve immediately with your favorite toppings or transfer to rack in a 250°F oven to keep warm. Continue making more waffles 😋