So you’ve just bought a waffle maker – what now?

Delicious Breakfast WaffleIf you’re like many people what you want now is a good homemade waffle from scratch. This article is going to help you make said waffle while offering you some pro-tips to share among your friends and family. So let’s get started.

The first thing to look over is of course the ingredients. At their most basic every waffle batter is going to have: flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, baking powder, and salt. How much of each goes in will typically vary as well as any extras like vanilla extract. You can of course make at least some substitutions. So here is one recipe with some basic substitutions for either fewer calories or dietary restrictions.

  • 2 cups Flour or 1 cup either Whole Wheat Pastry flour or Buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder or Baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk or 1 cup Half and Half or Fat-free Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2-5 tablespoons melted Butter or Vegetable Oil or Apple Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1. Now leaving your batter sitting around is never a good thing, so let’s start by pre-heating the waffle maker. Depending on the make of what you’re using it’ll either have a pre-determined temperature or a dial you can set. Either way there should be a light that blinks on when it’s ready. 

2. So this should take care of it’s self while you mix the dry ingredients together. In a large bowl (or medium if you’d prefer) sift together the flour, salt, baking powder or soda, and sugar. The reason why you should sift versus mix is that it yields a “fluffier” waffle thereafter.

3. The eggs are going to need to be separated into yolks and whites. This sounds hard, but the thing to remember is that it’s okay to have some whites left with your yolks. That said if you leave any yolk in with your whites then you’ll “ruin” it. So there are tools for this job, but the cheaper way is to just use the halves of the shells. 

4. With your whites in a separate bowl take up a whisk if you have it. If you don’t have a whisk then a fork will do. Better yet you can just use a mixer for this step. Whichever direction you decide to go make sure to beat the egg whites until you have a foam forming into soft peaks. 

5. In a different bowl you’ll add in your yolks and your “moisture” be it butter, oil or apple sauce. After say a couple of minutes of beating it’s time to add in the dairy (milk or half/half or yogurt) and the vanilla. Then you’ll continue beating until it’s all very well combined. 

6. Now you’ll combine the dry with the wet ingredients. Taking your dry ingredient bowl make a dip in the middle and then add the wet. You’re then going to want to stir, but be careful not to overdo it. If the result is kind of lumpy that’s fine, because what you want is fluffy waffles not dense bricks. 

7. Finally you’re going to fold in the egg white mixture from two steps ago. What that means is that you’re going to carefully add some of the whites and then fold over the batter. Repeat until you’ve added all the egg whites, and then give a couple of more folds. Again don’t overdo it because that doesn’t make a good waffle.

8. Now that you have the batter let’s check the waffle maker with a drop or two of water. If you end up with the water sizzling for 2 or 3 second then it’s perfect. So go ahead and brush or spray on your oil so that the butter doesn’t stick. Even if the maker is non-stick there is still a chance of sticking. Keep in mind that between each set you’ll need to reapply your spray.

9. Add no more than 1 cup of batter, but try not to go less than 1/2. While that might seem like a little remember that there will be expansion as the batter cooks. Shut the lid and give it a minute or two – also pay attention to anything like cooking lights or timers. Try not to open the lid until you’re sure it’s done.

10. That’s it. You’ve made yourself a great waffle – feel free to dress it up however you like. Personally I think these go well with cinnamon sugar and butter – but anything from strawberries to maple syrup are available to try. So have fun!