Old-Fashioned Yeasted Waffles & Cuisinart Waffle Maker Giveaway


When was the last time you made homemade waffles? I’m guessing it was way too long ago to remember. I get it. Your waffle maker is buried deep in your cupboard and you’ve got frozen waffles that please your family just fine. Well, sometimes all you need is a little inspiration and a fabulous recipe that you know will make it worthwhile. As you can probably tell, I have one for you.

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But before we get to that, let me tell you about this giveaway. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be hosting some amazing cookware giveaways this year, courtesy of my new sponsors. First up is this top of the line Cuisinart waffle maker in brushed stainless steel. With a 6-slice capacity, it’s ideal for a family. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below the post on my blog. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and notified on January 19th. (You must be a Once Upon A Chef email or feed subscriber and resident of the contiguous US to participate.)

Cuisinart Waffle Maker
Okay, back to the waffles. A few months ago, I 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, especially since 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.

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I experimented with at least a dozen different recipes and these old-fashioned yeasted waffles were, hands down, 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.

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You’ll be happy to know that making them is a cinch. You mix the ingredients together the day before, 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. The only caveat is that you have to think ahead. (I don’t know about you, but I’m always thinking about my next meal so this is not a problem.)

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But be forewarned: once you make homemade waffles for your family, they will start requesting them!

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Comments for this post are now closed. Congrats to Beth J. who won!

Old-Fashioned Yeasted Waffles

Print Recipe
Servings: 10-12 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  • Darlene Ryan

    These waffles look so good and the waffle maker would be fantastic to win! Thanks for the chance!

  • Mary Sue

    Good recipe!

  • Elyse

    Winning this contest is probably the only way my family will get to experience homemade waffles (actually made in our home, at least!), so I hope cousins aren’t excluded under the “family” clause! Love you!

  • Deborah in Atlanta

    Reading about the quality of your waffles made me think of funnel cakes. And Belgian Waffles. Both of which I love. So yummy – I’d love to try your new waffles. Gonna do it soon. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Tamyla Abraham


    Thanks for being you. I know when I try one of your recipes, it has been tested by you and made in your own kitchen. You are like one of us and not someone with a staff to do it all. I know we all wish we did. :) Being who I am, I made the waffles without making sure I had everything needed. I put the ingredients together last night, but couldn’t find my measuring spoons and only had regular instant yeast. I thought, what is the worst that can happen…I can just add extra strawberries and whip cream if it isn’t good. It was good! Not only that, they stayed firm and crispy. Your recipe is a true mom’s recipe. It can take a hit (or two) and still come out tasty. Thanks for being real with real mom recipes.

  • susanmeep

    our family would love this suelee1998 @ gmail.com

  • Lisa

    What an awesome prize…my kids love waffles & I’m still feeding them frozen…ahhhh…I follow your blog on my Google Reader…thanks for hosting.

  • Amy

    I love making waffles and am in need of a new waffle maker! The kids love them. Fun giveaway!

  • Jessica

    I would love to win this. Saturday morning breakfast is a tradition in our house and a waffles would be an perfect addition to the menu :)

  • Stephanie

    Oh my YUM! I have been wanting a waffle maker ever since my husband and I got married…10 years ago, lol! I am a new follower on RSS feed! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Mike Schau

    thats a lot of waffles

  • Its cold & snowy outside, what could be better than waffles to warm you inside & out? Thanks for the chance, it looks amazing!

  • Allie Clark

    I love waffles and would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway.


  • I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  • Gina P

    I used to love sleepovers at my friend Dana’s house when I was little because her Mom would always make us waffles. 30 years later, I still think about those yummy treats. Would love to win one of my own.

  • Amy

    Yummy! I mixed up the batter last night and made them this morning. Got a “thumbs up” from the whole family! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • karen Tannebaum

    I finally made this! It was easy and so good! Thank you for forcing me to drag that waffle iron out of the basement. We used to have waffles every Snday, but that stopped once we had children, and then, the movement for no carbs came about. Well, in moderation, carbs are just what this avid exerciser needs…

  • Katie McIntosh

    Awesome waffle maker! I would love to own it!!! AMAZING!

  • Mindy Sloop

    I would love to win this waffle maker. I have been making waffles in my 20 year old heart-shaped waffle maker. It is the kind that does not have removable plates and it is so “mean” to clean. I like to make waffles every Saturday morning. I also like to make Buttermilk Waffle Biscuits – of course they are heart shaped!!

  • Mrs Macaulay

    The waffle looks delish ! I love Cuisinart Products !

  • I’ve been looking at waffle makers and would love to win this!

  • Marcia

    These waffles are delicious! I love mixing them the night before. It makes it much easier in the morning to just heat up the waffle iron and make them. My family requests them often! Thank you for this tasty recipe!

  • Linda S

    Love these! Also love that batter is made night before makes it easy to do before school.

  • Jackie

    It looks like you use the best ingredients! I can’t wait to try these waffles in my new waffle maker- winning?

  • Karen

    I have made this recipe several times. It really has a unique flavor and the ease of preparation and making it overnight is very useful when you have house guests. I actually made it for myself this past mother’s day. Not only is this good straight away after making it, I am re-toasting squares of waffles every night and morning to eat with breakfast or as dessert…it is wonderful!!! I have frozen these and they also are wonderful after being frozen. Love them!!

  • Eliana G

    looking for good waffle topping suggestions

  • Jeanne

    I love every recipe I’ve tried from Once Upon a Chef. I’ve been looking for a waffle recipe and this sounds delicious. Now all I need is the waffle maker!!!

  • Karen

    I had to comment again. Once again, I celebrated Mother’s Day by making these waffles for my breakfast. They are just that good. I actually don’t mind cooking for myself on Mother’s Day. Started it years ago when the kids were little and the restaurants were crowded…and the food sometimes, well disappointing. These waffles never disappoint and will just make them to make them without having a special reason. I love that you make the batter the day before, which makes it so easy the next day. Thanks Jenn for another wonderful recipe.

  • Catherine DeMelfi

    Just found this site. How could I have missed it.

  • Can’t wait to try these, I have not been able to make a waffle like Mom used to make me in years.

  • Wynne

    My Dad would make waffles Sunday mornings and they were delish. This recipe looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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