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.
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.
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.
We usually prefer some combination of butter, cream cheese, jam, honey or maple syrup. Occasionally there will be some fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries. Sometimes, like in these photos, I make a quick berry compote by simply heating through some frozen mixed berries with a squirt of honey or agave syrup.
This amount of batter makes 3 x 20cm circular waffles (more or less, depending on your machine.)
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Simple home-made waffles
- 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)
- 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!
Waffles aren’t just for breakfast!
If you fancy some sweet dessert waffles, check out:
- Vegan Norwegian waffles from Family Friends Food
- Black Forest Waffles from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
- Chocolate Cake waffles with lemon curd from Tin and Thyme
Or, for something more savoury, try
- Falafel waffles from Veggie Desserts
- Courgette Fritter waffles from Amuse Your Bouche
- Sweet potato latke waffles from Family Friends Food