This Homemade Waffle Recipe uses just a handful of ingredients that you likely have on hand already!
Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, these waffles are delicious drizzled with melted butter and syrup. The perfect start to any weekend morning!
Is Pancake Mix The Same as Waffle Mix?
The batter in this waffle recipe is not the same as pancake batter.
Waffle batter uses more egg (plus we beat the whites separately and fold them in) for the most fluffy waffles ever! The extra egg in a waffle batter makes a crispy exterior surrounding a moist fluffy inside with lots of air pockets.
While you certainly can cook pancake batter in your waffle iron, they won’t have the same texture or flavor that classic waffles have. Pancake mix or a pancake recipe will be a bit denser and won’t have the same texture on the outside.
The Secret to Extra Fluffy Waffles
If you want extra fluffy waffles with a crisp exterior, there’s a simple trick. It will only add about 2-3 minutes to the prep time, so it’s totally worth the effort.
For extra fluffy waffles, separate the egg whites and beat them until stiff peaks form. Fold them into the batter. This step only takes a few minutes and makes a big difference. If you are short on time, you can skip this step but I highly recommend it!
How to Make Waffles
This light, fluffy homemade waffle recipe is easy and takes just minutes of prep. The rave reviews will make it worth the extra step of whipping the egg whites!
- Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff. (Optional but recommended). This extra step makes this recipe extra fluffy compared to other waffle recipes.
- Mix dry and wet ingredients (per recipe below). Fold in whipped egg whites.
- Ladle batter into a hot waffle iron and cook until lightly browned and crispy, about 5 minutes.
Serve with your favorite toppings. Some waffle makers just have an off and on but others require a temperature. If your waffle maker requires a temperature, cook the waffles At 400°F for a nice brown on the outside.
To Keep Warm
This waffle recipe is great for a crowd and can easily be doubled or tripled. Keep waffles warm in the oven as you make more batches so everyone can eat at the same time (and make oven bacon to keep warm at the same time too)!
Preheat the oven to 225°F and place a baking pan in the oven. As the waffles are finished cooking, place them on the baking pan to stay warm while you make the remaining waffles.
Tips for The Best Waffles
- You can skip the step of separating the egg and beating the whites but it really makes these waffles amazing.
- Do not overmix the batter, it should be a little bit lumpy.
- Preheat your waffle maker and lightly oil with vegetable oil. Cooking spray isn’t recommended as it can cause a sticky residue.
- Put enough batter so the waffle is almost full, it will run out to the edges a little bit.
Our Favorite Waffle Toppings
Waffles are incredibly versatile and accommodating to so many different toppings. They can be served as bread in a gravy-rich meal (like a hot turkey sandwich), or as a dessert.
- Sweet: strawberries and whipped cream, jams and jellies of all kinds, Nutella, strawberry butter, honey, cinnamon sugar, or apple butter, honey butter.
- Savory: Sausage gravy, fried chicken (for fried chicken & waffles), or toasted chopped pecans, or even top with a poached egg and shredded cheese.
Make Ahead & Reheating Leftovers
Mix up some extra batter, because waffles store well in the fridge or freezer, and are easy to revive in the microwave, toaster, or oven for quick breakfasts or even snacks.
- To Store: Cool completely before storing in freezer bags or containers. They will keep up to two weeks in the refrigerator, and up to four-six months in the freezer.
- To Reheat: Just remove as many as you need and place straight into the toaster oven on the medium or light setting until heated through. They can burn easily, so keep an eye on them.
Yummy Breakfast Options
- Perfectly Fluffy Pancakes – flavorful, fluffy & delicious
- Denver Egg Casserole – great make-ahead breakfast
- Quick and Easy French Toast – 30 min meal!
- Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole – great to feed a crowd!
- Banana Breakfast Cookies – easy grab N go breakfast
- Make Ahead Egg Muffins– low carb and delicious
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Fluffy Homemade Waffle Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs divided
- 1 ⅔ cup milk
- ⅓ cup melted butter or oil
- Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.
- Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
- In a small bowl, mix egg yolks, milk, and butter. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. *see note
- Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in egg whites.
- Drop by large spoonfuls onto greased waffle iron, close the lid and cook about 3-5 minutes.
- Don't overmix the batter, it should be lumpy.
- Preheat the waffle maker and lightly oil with vegetable oil. Do not use cooking spray.
- Put enough batter in the iron so the waffle is almost full, it will run out to the edges a little bit.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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