This Belgian waffle recipe takes just minutes to prepare and yields delicious, fluffy waffles with a crisp golden exterior that are perfect for breakfast or lunch. All you need is a few pantry staples and a waffle maker, and you're ready to go!
🌟 Why this recipe works
This easy Belgian waffle recipe is a classic favorite that never fails to please. It's simple, straightforward, and the results are always delicious. With minimal ingredients and prep work, you'll have these fluffy Belgian waffles on your table in no time!
Unlike standard waffles, Belgian waffles have a thicker batter and are made in a Belgian waffle maker that creates those pockets, perfect for holding sauces and toppings.
The addition of baking powder in this waffle recipe helps to create air pockets in the batter, and the whipped egg whites make them light and fluffy. To add flavor to these irresistible waffles, vanilla, and cinnamon are added - and a touch of sugar to give them sweetness.
Together, these ingredients create a perfectly balanced waffle with a crispy exterior and a soft and tender interior.
Overall, this easy Belgian waffle recipe is a delicious option that's sure to please everyone. With its simple ingredients and straightforward preparation, it's an easy way to make delicious homemade waffles any time. Whether you're serving them for breakfast or dessert, these homemade waffles are sure to be a hit!
And if you need more sweet breakfast ideas, try our delicious brioche French toast, French toast roll-ups, the buttermilk pancakes, bread pudding, or peanut butter, chocolate chip banana bread.
🍽 Key Ingredients
All you need is a few pantry staples and a Belgian waffle maker to make the BEST Belgian waffles.
Flour - To make the best waffles, you'll want to use all-purpose flour. This type of flour makes a difference to the light texture you want from a delicious waffle.
Baking powder - Baking powder helps to create air pockets in the waffle batter, giving the waffles a light and fluffy texture.
Granulated sugar - A small amount of sugar is added to the batter for sweetness.
Kosher salt - A pinch of kosher salt helps to balance out the sweetness and add a touch of flavor.
Cinnamon - A teaspoon of cinnamon adds a hint of warmth and cozy flavor to the waffles.
Eggs - Separating the eggs and beating the whites helps to make the waffles light and airy.
Vegetable oil - Oil is added to the batter to give the waffles a glossy finish.
Milk - A combination of milk and eggs creates an extra creamy texture in the waffles.
Vanilla extract - Vanilla adds a bit of sweetness and flavor to the waffles.
If you don't have all-purpose flour on hand, you can substitute it for whole wheat or gluten-free flour.
Baking powder can be substituted with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. However, you'll need to add an acid, such as 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice.
Granulated sugar can be swapped with brown sugar, powdered sugar, or coconut sugar.
Vegetable oil can be substituted with melted butter, olive oil, or avocado oil.
You can use any type of milk for this recipe, like almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or any other type of plant-based milk.
If you don't have cinnamon, you could use nutmeg or leave it out altogether.
🔪 How to make
Making Belgian waffles is surprisingly easy and can be done in just a few simple steps. With the right ingredients and equipment, you'll have delicious waffles in no time. Follow the step-by-step instructions below and helpful cooking tips to make the BEST waffle recipe!
- Start to preheat your Belgian waffle iron and grease it with nonstick cooking spray or melted butter.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
In a separate medium-sized bowl or stand mixer, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form, do not go further once they make stiff peaks, or they'll break. Set aside.
Using another bowl or measuring cup, whisk the egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract.
Tip: Pout the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until most of the lumps are gone, then gently fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula.
Pour part of the waffle batter into the preheated waffle iron until the batter fills the waffle maker and cook according to the waffle maker instructions.
Tip: Continue this step until all of the batter is used.
Serve the warm fresh waffles with maple syrup, fresh berries, and whipped cream. Or set aside to assemble with the fried chicken.
💭 Cooking tips
Don't overbeat the waffle mix.
If you overwork the batter, the waffles will become dense and rubbery rather than light and fluffy. Once the egg whites are just incorporated into the batter, that is when you should stop mixing.
Keep the waffles warm.
To keep the cooked waffles warm while making the remaining waffles with the rest of the batter, preheat your oven to its lowest setting, and place the waffles inside on a baking sheet.
Don't forget to grease the waffle iron.
Before pouring the waffle mix into the iron, make sure to spray it with nonstick cooking spray to ensure they don't stick to the iron and keep your waffles crispy.
Preheat your waffle maker.
If you want to avoid soggy waffles, don't skip the preheating the waffle iron step, as this will ensure that once the batter is ready, the waffle will cook instantly and fast.
📖 Recipe Variations
There are many different variations of Belgian waffles that you can make. Whether you're looking for something light and fluffy or something with a bit more flavor, there's something for everyone. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Chocolate Chip Waffles
Add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter and swap 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of cacao powder for a delicious twist on classic Belgian waffles.
Replace the milk in the recipe with buttermilk and add 2 tablespoons of melted butter for an extra fluffy, moist waffle.
Swap 1 cup of flour with almond meal, add 2 mashed bananas, and a teaspoon of cinnamon for a delicious and nutritious breakfast treat. Spread some cinnamon honey butter over the top to complete this 5 stars dish.
Mix 1 cup of fresh blueberries into the batter and top with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a delicious breakfast. You can also add ¼ cup of chopped walnuts for an added crunch.
🥗 What to serve with
Belgian waffles make a great breakfast or brunch dish, but what should you serve with them? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Serve your Belgian waffles with a fresh fruit salad made of a mix of berries and melon, and top with some Greek yogurt for added flavor and texture. Or try our delicious zesty fruit salad with sour cream dressing.
For a soul food-style meal, serve your waffles with some fried chicken and country-style white gravy.
Bacon and Eggs
For a hearty breakfast, serve your waffles with bacon and eggs. Add some lightly sautéed mushrooms for extra flavor.
Sauces or Syrups
Serve your waffles with a variety of sauces or syrups, such as real maple syrup, honey, caramel sauce, creme anglaise, or chocolate gravy.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle?
Belgian waffles are made with a thicker and sweeter batter than regular waffles, which gives them a deeper and richer flavor. Belgian waffles are also cooked in dedicated molds that make larger pockets to hold the syrup or toppings of your choice.
Can Belgian Waffles be Made Ahead?
Yes, these tasty waffles are great for making ahead and reheating whenever you want them. Follow the storage instructions below for refrigerating and freezing your freshly made waffles.
Can I use a pancake mix to make Belgian waffles?
Yes, you can use a pancake mix to make Belgian waffles. Just follow the instructions on the package and adjust the amount of liquid as needed. Keep in mind that the texture of your waffles won’t be as light and fluffy as when using homemade batter.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
If you have leftover Belgian waffles, you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer and reheat them when needed. Here are some tips on how to do it:
Refrigerator storage - Place the cooled waffles in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Freezer storage - Place the leftover waffles in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw the frozen waffles in the fridge overnight.
Reheating - When ready to eat the stored waffles, bake them on a baking sheet at 350°F/175°C for about 10 minutes or until heated and golden brown. If you want a quick option, you can also reheat the waffles in the microwave for about 30 seconds until warm.
🍳 Related recipes
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👪 Serving size
This Belgian waffle recipe will make about 4 large waffles or 6 small ones. If you are serving a larger crowd, it’s best to double the recipe quantity.
Belgian waffles are a delicious and versatile treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own fluffy and flavorful Belgian waffles at home. Serve them with fresh fruit salad, fried chicken, bacon and eggs, or any of your favorite sauces or syrups.
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Belgian Waffle Recipe
- 2¼ cups All-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Baking powder
- ¼ cup Granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 2 large Eggs - separated
- ½ cup Vegetable oil
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- Start to preheat your Belgian waffle iron and grease it with nonstick cooking spray or melted butter.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl or stand mixer, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form, do not go further once they make stiff peaks, or they'll break. Set aside.
- Using another bowl or measuring cup, whisk the egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract.
- Pout the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until most of the lumps are gone, then gently fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula.
- Pour part of the waffle batter into the preheated waffle iron until the batter fills the waffle maker and cook according to the waffle maker instructions.
- Continue this step until all of the batter is used.
- Serve the warm fresh waffles with maple syrup, fresh berries, and whipped cream. Or set aside to assemble with the fried chicken.
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