This recipe for Homemade Waffles is the first of three waffle recipes hitting deepfriedhoney.com this summer! I figured I’d start with the most basic and straightforward, and the most versatile. You can make these waffles in a classic waffle maker (think Waffle House) or a Belgian waffle maker (the ones with the deep pockets you see at hotels) and trust that they’ll come out crisp on the outside and tender on the inside each time.
If you’re curious next up is my Buttermilk Waffles recipe which is a tad more involved – it calls for egg whites whipped with cream of tartar for one – and after that my Smashed Waffles, which are your standard yeast dough Belgian waffles with a variety of fun toppings, inspired by the menu at a local coffee joint. In the meantime, enjoy these Homemade Waffles!
Homemade Waffles Ingredients
Feel free to jump to the full recipe, but here are useful notes about the ingredients you will need to make this Homemade Waffles recipe:
- All-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, fine sea salt: Make sure the baking powder is aluminum-free because we’re using a hefty amount of it and we don’t want your Homemade Waffles to have a metallic aftertaste. These waffles are meant to be kind of sweet without any toppings; if you want a more savory waffle reduce the sugar by half.
- Whole milk, vanilla extract, lemon juice: Any plant-based or lactose-free milk will work, and so would buttermilk. I wouldn’t use low-fat milk here – unless it’s low-fat buttermilk; that will work just fine. Vanilla for flavor, lemon juice also affects the flavor and has a slight curdling effect on the milk, which thickens the batter. An equal amount of distilled vinegar can be substituted, or it can be omitted.
- Large eggs, salted butter: Oil will work instead of butter if you want to do that. Why would you want to do that, though?! These are Homemade Waffles not… parfaits!
How to Make Homemade Waffles
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here is a basic overview of what you’ll need to do, along with some important tidbits to help you make the most of this Homemade Waffles recipe:
- Prepare for Homemade Waffles. Grab a large mixing bowl, your waffle maker, and your favorite non-stick cooking spray. Go ahead and begin preheating your waffle maker on its most medium setting. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and pop that in the oven. Preheat the oven to 175°F or to the ‘warm’ setting.
- Batter up! Add the milk, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar, salt, and melted butter to your mixing bowl and whisk them together until combined. Now whisk in the flour and baking powder. Whisk vigorously, but not for too long: as soon as you’re not seeing spots of flour anymore and there are only small lumps remaining, go ahead and stop whisking.
- Start cooking the Homemade Waffles. When your waffle maker light indicates that it’s ready for waffles, go ahead and spoon in a heaping ladleful of waffle batter, right in the center. You know your waffle maker better than I do, but it might take a few tries to figure out how much batter you need; I tend to underfill to avoid spillage because cleaning a waffle maker is terrible!
- Finish and Enjoy. Close the waffle maker and cook until the light indicates the waffle is ready, and the outside is crisped and deeply golden brown. For me, it takes a full minute or two beyond the ready light for my waffles to look and feel how I want them. Transfer the cooked waffles to the prepared baking sheet in the oven to keep warm while you continue cooking the rest until you have enough or the waffles are all done. Dassit!
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