Old-Fashioned Yeasted Waffles
I recently got an email from one of my readers (hi Carol!) asking if I had a good waffle recipe. I didn’t. The truth is I never bothered; my waffle maker is buried deep in my cupboard and pancakes are so easy to make instead. But Carol got me thinking: waffles are so basic, my kids love them, there’s so much junk in the frozen kind…I really should have a recipe on my site, and more importantly, I should make them! And so the search for the perfect waffle recipe began.
I experimented with at least a dozen different recipes and these old-fashioned yeasted waffles were my favorite. The addition of yeast makes them somewhat of a cross between bread and pancakes. Despite the fact that they sound a little strange, they’re the ideal waffle: light and crisp outside, delicate and creamy inside, not overly sweet, with a slight tang that offsets your sweet topping of choice beautifully. Unlike other homemade waffles, which quickly become soggy and heavy, these stay deliciously crisp, no matter how much your children drench them with maple syrup.
Making them is a cinch. You mix the ingredients together the day before and let the batter rest in the fridge overnight. In the morning, all you do is roll out of bed, sip your coffee, stir and pour. But be forewarned: once you make homemade waffles for your family, they will start requesting them!
Old-Fashioned Yeasted Waffles
- 1-3/4 cups milk
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt the butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat; add the milk and heat until warm to the touch, a few minutes. Set aside.
- Whisk the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl to combine. Gradually whisk the warm milk/butter mixture into the flour mixture, and continue whisking until batter is smooth. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla until combined, then add the egg mixture to the batter and whisk until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 12 or up to 24 hours.
- Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Remove the waffle batter from the refrigerator (it will be foamy and doubled in size) and whisk to recombine (the batter will deflate). Spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve the waffles hot off the iron.
- Note: If you'd rather hold the waffles and serve them all at once, place them on a wire rack set above a baking sheet, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and place the baking sheet in preheated 200 degree oven. When the final waffle is in the iron, remove the towel to allow the waffles to crisp for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can hold the waffles on a wire rack and reheat them gently in a toaster oven as you need them.
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