How to Make Waffles

It's time to learn the trick to amazing waffles.

This wonderfully comforting classic might seem intimidating to make, especially if you're planning on a big batch for a brunch party. But it doesn't have to be, all you need are a few simple tips and tricks to ensure you get the perfect, crisp yet tender, waffle. 
 

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1 HEAT WAFFLE IRON & LIGHTLY GREASE

First things first, plug in and begin heating the iron. I like to make my batter while the iron heats up.

Consult your waffle iron instruction manual to achieve the exact temperature for traditional waffles. Most waffle irons will have a light or a signal indicating that the iron is at the desired temperature.

Lightly brush the hot waffle iron with vegetable oil once heated, right before adding your batter. You should only have to do this once, as most waffle irons are made with a non-stick cooking surface. Avoid butter, as it will tend to burn quickly.


 

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Waffle irons can get really hot. Be sure to keep out of reach of children. If you're cooking with kids, take care to handle the iron appropriately.
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2 MIX BATTER

Mixing this batter is simple, just be sure to use accurate measurements for each ingredient. Adding too much flour or too much buttermilk will make your batter either too thick or too thin. Get the recipe.

 

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Once your batter is mixed and ready to pour, use a ladle, measuring cup or a bottle to administer the suggested amount of batter. Consult the manual of your waffle iron to check the ideal amount of batter for each waffle.

3 POUR OR LADLE BATTER ON TO GRIDDLE

Using a ladle, measuring cup or bottle, pour the prepared batter on to the hot, greased iron. Start in the center and gently pour outward. Try not to overfill the iron; the batter will rise and spread as it cooks and any excess batter will leak out the sides of the iron creating a mess.
 

Just before bringing the top lid down, wait 10 to 15 second for the batter to bubble. This is a good way to let the waffle batter evenly cook and spread. Once the batter starts to bubble, gently bring the lid down.
 

4 LET WAFFLE COOK

Most waffle irons will have a light or signal indicating when your waffle is ready. If not, check the waffle by slightly opening the lid to see if it has thoroughly browned. If so, gently remove with a fork or wooden tongs, and transfer to a baking sheet.
 

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5 KEEP WAFFLES WARM & CRISPY

A great way to keep waffles warm and crisp is to place them on a baking sheet lined with foil in a 225-degree F oven. This will keep your waffles from cooling while others are cooking.
 

6 TOP & SERVE

Once all your waffles are cooked, load them up with your favorite toppings. This recipe calls for a delicious cinnamon and cream cheese drizzle, but feel free to use berries and whipped cream, nut butters or the traditional combo of butter and maple syrup instead.

Enjoy!

Once you’ve mastered these classic waffles, give some of these other flavor combinations a try:

 •  Brownie Batter Dessert Waffles, perfect for pairing with strawberries and hot fudge.
 •  Cornbread Waffles, great for serving with chili, chicken or other savory fare.
 •  Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches, using a traditional batter and stuffing with your favorite ice cream.
 •  Waffle Sandwiches, great for stuffing with pizza toppings, BLT fixings or even a French Dip.
 •  Cake Batter Waffles, using your favorite cake flavor and topping with a drizzle of frosting, ice cream or whipped cream and sprinkles for a unique dessert.
 

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Erin, the “E” in Delightful E Made, delights in sharing the best of all that she cooks, bakes, creates and loves. She has a true joy for being in the kitchen and making things for the people around her. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.