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The Best Ever Homemade Waffles (Fluffy Belgian Waffles)

These classic homemade waffles will be a hit with your family for weekend breakfasts! You can also freeze and reheat them throughout the week!

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Homemade Waffle Recipe

Around here, it is a Saturday tradition to make waffles for breakfast. This classic waffle recipe is SO GOOD that it totally deserves the title of best ever homemade waffles.

These homemade waffles require a handful of pantry to make and there are absolutely no special ingredients involved. Meaning you can usually whip up a batch of homemade waffles at a moment’s notice as long as you have a decently stocked pantry!

What I Love About this Waffles Recipe

4 reasons these are the best homemade waffles:

  1. This classic waffle recipe has a crispy exterior allows them to hold up to any toppings you’re craving for Sunday brunch!
  2. Even though they’re crispy on the outside, they have a tender, fluffy interior.
  3. Because they’re Belgian waffles, they have deep pockets to hold all of that butter and syrup!
  4. They’re freezer-friendly! These classic waffles freeze like a dream, making them perfect for batch cooking and freezer stocking.

I hope your family thinks these are the best waffles, too!

Tools You’ll Need to Make these Homemade Waffles

There are a few tools that will make preparing this classic recipe for waffles easier. Here are my recommendations:

  • Measuring Cups – to measure the sugar and flour.
  • Measuring Spoons – to measure the baking powder and salt.
  • Glass Measuring Cup – to measure the milk.
  • Large Mixing Bowl – to combine the dry ingredients.
  • Medium Bowl – to melt the butter (if using the microwave).
  • Citrus Juicer – to juice the lemon.
  • Stand Mixer – a mixer makes preparing a large batch super easy!
  • Spatula – to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Belgian Waffle Maker – to cook the waffle batter.

Classic Homemade Waffles Recipe Ingredients

To make this easy waffle recipe, you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients

  • Granulated Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • Melted Butter
  • Milk
  • Large Eggs
  • Twist of lemon

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Homemade Waffles

Homemade waffles are so simple to make. Here’s how I make waffles on the weekends:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add milk and egg yolks to dry ingredients and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold the egg whites gently into the batter, then stir in the melted butter and twist of lemon.
  5. Pour scant 1/3 cup of batter into a hot waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.

TIP: Don’t forget to preheat the waffle iron a few minutes before you plan to start cooking!

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

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Tips for Making Homemade Waffles

It’s very important that you properly separate the egg whites from the yolks. If any traces of yolks remain in the egg whites, they won’t whip up properly. Head over here to learn How to Separate Eggs if you don’t already know how.

Using an electric mixer (either a stand mixer or a handheld one) makes the prep for these homemade waffles so much easier. Technically you can whip the egg whites by hand, but it takes a long time.

For the moistest waffle, I recommend using 2% or whole milk.

Our Go-To Waffle Toppings

It goes without saying that real maple syrup and butter are the ultimate waffle toppings. But when we want to switch things up a bit, these are the waffle toppings I like to serve with our brunch:

How to Store Leftover Waffles

Leftover waffles can be stored in either the refrigerator or the freezer. The choice is up to you and how quickly you plan to use the leftovers.

Storing Leftover Waffles in the Refrigerator

Leftover waffles are best stored in an airtight container or gallon sized freezer bags in the refrigerator if you plan to use them within a couple days.

Make sure you cool them completely before transferring them to your preferred storage method so they don’t become soggy due to condensation.

Leftover refrigerated waffles are best used within about 3 days. They reheat wonderfully in the toaster oven in just a couple minutes.

How to Freeze Waffles

Because making waffles can be a bit of a production, it is best to plan to make at least a double batch and freeze the extras for later. Honestly, we usually make a triple batch, because it is great to have a big stash of waffles on hand in the freezer for use over the next couple of weeks.

Freezing waffles is really easy, just check out this quick tutorial for How to Freeze Waffles.

Recipe Adaptations

These delicious homemade waffles are Sunday morning treat that the whole family will love. Want to switch things up? Here are a few ideas to adapt this recipe to your preferences:

  • Try adding some vanilla bean and vanilla extract for vanilla waffles. This classic flavor pairs perfectly with butter and syrup.
  • For a fall favorite flavor, add a couple of teaspoons of pumpkin spice seasoning or cinnamon.
  • If you’re a chocolate lover, try sprinkling some mini chocolate chips in the batter. YUM!
  • In the summer, fresh blueberries are perfect added to this fluffy waffle recipe.
  • Want them extra lemony? Add the zest of one or two lemons for extra lemon flavor. This tastes great with fresh berries and whipped cream!
  • For a healthier alternative, try using part whole wheat flour. You can even grind your own flour.

Try this Easy Homemade Waffle Recipe!

Next time you’re looking for a brunch idea, give this homemade waffle recipe a try! Did you think it was the perfect recipe for fluffy waffles? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of them.

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More Easy Breakfast Recipes:

Looking for more recipes to make delicious weekend breakfasts with? Here are a few of our favorites:

This recipe for Make Ahead Mini Ham and Spinach Breakfast Pies is perfect when you’re craving something savory.

Try using your slow cooker for breakfast with this recipe for Slow Cooker Steel Cut Chai Apple Oatmeal.

If you’re craving some greens, try Madeline’s favorite smoothie recipe is this Pineapple Kale Smoothie Recipe.

Breakfast for two? Check out this easy recipe for Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins for Two.

This Cardamom Citrus Coffee Cake is another weekend breakfast recipe I like to whip out when the weather cools down.

An easy weekday breakfast you can prep in advance is Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal. It’s flavored with warming pumpkin pie spices — a total winner!

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? You can always head over to check out the recipe index to look for more recipes.

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Homemade Waffles

Yield: 12 to 18 waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These classic homemade waffles will be a hit with your family for weekend breakfasts! You can also freeze and reheat them throughout the week!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • pinch of salt
  • twist of lemon

Instructions

    1. Preheat your waffle iron.
    2. Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl.
    3. Add egg yolks and milk to dry ingredients and beat together thoroughly.
    4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Stir 1/2 of the egg whites into the batter, and then fold in the remaining egg whites and stir until well blended.
    5. Add butter and twist of lemon, and mix until smooth.
    6. Pour scant 1/3 cup of batter on the heated waffle mold and cook according to manufacturer's instructions.

Notes

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 232Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 68mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 5g

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Anonymous

Friday 22nd of January 2010

I was looking to try a new waffle recipe, so I gave this one a try. It was too sweet for me, but I did like the flavor the butter gave it versus the oil that my old stand-by recipe calls for. My waffle iron must be quite a bit bigger as I only got 8 waffles from the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley

Wednesday 10th of December 2008

Why do the daddies always make the best breakfasts!

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