Easy-peasy 5 ingredient waffles – & how to choose a waffle maker

A simple, foolproof batter for making delicious, hot, crispy waffles at home.
Enjoy a special family breakfast! Just add butter and syrup.

Waffles are something of a Sunday morning tradition here at FFF towers. It started a few years ago, and shows no signs of abating. If anything, our attachment to our special Sunday breakfast is getting stronger!

Domestic v. Pro

Having seen off two  ‘domestic’ waffle makers, we upgraded to a ‘pro’ version as a family Chanukah present. The main difference between the two (apart from cost!) is that the domestic version takes 6-7 minutes to cook a waffle, whereas the pro machines take 1-2 minutes per waffle. Less time waiting, more time eating hot delicious waffles. 

waffles  stack of waffles

Breakfast experience

When we bought our first waffle maker, DH chimed in at length about what makes a good one. This was based on his years of experience making waffles at US hotel breakfast buffets. He travels in the USA for work quite often, and hotel breakfast buffets there often include a waffle maker accompanied by a self-serve batter dispenser, to make your own hot, fresh, crispy waffles. 

Turn, turn, turn

According to DH, the really critical feature is that once you’ve poured your batter into the machine and closed it, you then turn the waffle maker over. This means that the batter is spread evenly over both the top and bottom irons, rather than simply rising in between them. If you’ve ever watched artisan French or Belgian waffle people making gauffres etc, you’ll have seen them spin the irons around once they’ve put the batter in. It makes all the difference, apparently.

USA v. UK

Interestingly, I think more people in the USA have a waffle maker than have an electric kettle! The market for domestic waffle irons is therefore much larger than it is here. Having looked at the electric waffle-makers available in the USA, the majority DO turn over. In the UK, where only a very few people make waffles, most of them don’t turn over. UK machines are typically more like a toastie-maker only with a waffle plate inside. I think on this one occasion, the Americans actually have the right idea.

What to look for

In conclusion, those are my two top considerations when choosing a waffle maker. 1) speed of waffling, and  2) spinnability. If it’s fast and turns the waffle over to cook, then yay! That’s the waffle machine to get.

waffles with berry compote

What to put in the machine!

Now that you’ve got your perfect waffle machine, you need something to put in it! Below is our (very) tried and tested waffle batter recipe. This has gradually evolved from the recipe which came in the instruction booklet for our first waffle maker. We’ve simplified it quite a bit, and also ditched the sugar, to create a simple foolproof batter with only 5 ingredients. It cooks to a crisp, tasty waffle that is perfect with both sweet and savoury toppings.

Toppings

We usually prefer some combination of butter, cream cheese, jam, honey or syrup. Occasionally there will be some blueberries or sliced strawberries. Very occasionally, I make a quick berry compote by simply heating some frozen mixed berries with a squirt of honey or agave syrup. Delicious!

This amount of batter makes 3 20cm circular waffles.

Delicious crispy waffles from just 5 basic ingredients. Perfect for sweet or savoury toppings like fruit, syrup, cheese or ice-cream. Yum!

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Simple home-made waffles

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword egg
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 waffles
Calories 258kcal
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 125 g plain flour (1 cup)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 225 ml milk (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
  • Butter, maple syrup, jam, berries etc to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • Mix the flour and baking powder in a large bowl or jug and set aside.
  • Whisk the egg, milk and oil/butter together, then add to the flour.
  • Use a stick blender or balloon whisk to mix everything into a smooth, even batter.
  • Heat your waffle-maker, then brush with a little oil. Pour in the batter and cook according to the machine's directions.
  • Serve hot with butter and syrup or your favourite toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

Approx. per waffle: 258 calories, 8g fat, 9g protein, 36g carbs

Apparently, waffles aren’t just for breakfast! If you fancy some dessert waffles, check out these Black Forest Waffles from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, these Plum Crumble waffles from the Veg Space, or these Chocolate Cake waffles with lemon curd from Tin and Thyme.
Or, perhaps you fancy something more savoury? Try these Falafel waffles from Veggie Desserts, or Courgette Fritter waffles from Amuse Your Bouche.
Recipes from a Pantry has another classic waffle recipe. And if you want a sugar- and gluten-free waffle, try these Lemon Poppyseed waffles from Made With Pink. Enjoy!

I’m entering these waffles into the Alphabakes challenge, which has the letter W this month. (Alphabakes is organised by  The More than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes, who also hosts this month.)

25 Comments:

  1. At first, I tho8ght hat they would be gross becuase the batter looked watery but when they came out I was surprised!!! They are delicious!!!

  2. thank you for the recipe!! but my waffles taste like pretzels i did everything correctly though? I even read the recipe twice and I checked to make sure I did everything right and I did.

    • Hi Kobe. I don’t really know what to suggest as I use this exact recipe almost every weekend and my waffles have never come out tasting of pretzels! Sorry šŸ™

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  5. We just had waffles for brunch today! It’s a firm favourite in our house and we’ve just been gifted a waffle maker so I can’t wait to try your recipe next week. Thanks for sharing with AlphaBakes.

  6. I love the waffle makers they have in US hotels! I’ve got one at home but it’s not very good – it’s basically a sandwich toaster with interchangeable plates so the waffles that come out are very thin. I might have to invest in a better one! Thanks for sharing this recipe with Alphabakes.

  7. I now really want a waffle maker, yours look so good and love your fruity topping!

  8. I love my waffle maker! I can’t believe that I went so long without having one. We have waffles every Sunday as a treat šŸ™‚

  9. Now I need a waffle iron… more than anything in the world. I prefer nutty flavours so Nutella and chocolate would be the toppings for me! šŸ™‚

  10. Your circular waffles look so pretty Helen, I’ve not seen that shape before. I’m with you on the sugar, I don’t see the point of adding it if it’s going to be smothered with syrup or fruit or whatever.

    • Thanks Choclette. DH is diabetic, so we tend to cut back on sugar wherever possible. Taking the sugar out of the waffles reduced the carb content by about a quarter, with no impact on the taste or texture! I must admit that I do usually load up with sweet toppings, although sliced fresh fruit and whipped cream is pretty heavenly on a freshly made waffle šŸ™‚

  11. You sound like a waffle expert. We’ve just entered the wonderful world of waffles and love them! The spinner makes sense, too!

  12. Ooh these look perfectly fluffy, and so tasty with that lovely compote on top!

  13. recipesfromapantry

    I love finding new waffle recipes to try out and this one I will certainly bookmark.

    • Thanks! There are so many gorgeous looking waffle recipes about but somehow we always end up making these plain ones – I guess we just stick to the ones we know we like. Or maybe I’m too tired first thing in the morning to do anything more complicated!

  14. Great to have another ‘classic’ waffle recipe to try in my new waffle maker Helen, (though mine doesn’t spin, I didn’t realise this was even possible!!). Will give them a try this weekend and let you know how it goes!

    • Thanks Kate. I must admit I had no idea about the spinny thing either till DH brought it up, but the American machines pretty much all do it. Cultural differences… šŸ™‚

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