This Classic Waffle Recipe makes waffles that are perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They're delicious and easy waffles that we make all the time at our house. It's simply the best waffle recipe! (Heart waffle iron encouraged but not required!)
The Best Homemade Traditional Waffles
Picture this: A quiet, crisp morning on the porch as the sun comes up. A refreshing cup of orange juice sits next to a plate piled high with warm, buttered waffles that you drizzle some syrup over top. You enjoy your rich breakfast with the company of a good book and no rush to the next place, task, or errand.
Doesn't that sound like heaven?! I'm here to tell you, friend, you deserve a morning like that, even if it's once in a blue moon! These decadent Basic Waffles are the perfect addition to a relaxing morning, and they're also a great option for kids' slumber parties or a celebratory Friday morning at the end of a school year. Whatever your mornings look like, add a little joy and a lot of tastiness to them with these classic waffles. (And to make 'em even more fun, use a heart-shaped waffle iron!)
How do you make waffles crispy?
Every waffle maker is a little different, so be sure to follow the instructions for yours to get the best end result with a lovely, crunchy outside and a moist, fluffy inside. For a little extra crunch on the outside, place them in a 250 degree F. oven on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes!
Pro Tip: Don't stack your waffles! The steam will take away from the crispy outside. Let them rest in a single layer on a wire rack before serving.
How thick should waffle batter be?
You'll want your batter to be a similar consistency to honey with some small lumps in it. The lumps add a little more fluff and tenderness to the finished product. The batter shouldn't be to thick that it sticks completely to your whisk, but it also shouldn't be watery thin.
How do you know when waffles are done?
Most waffle irons communicate when they're all done with a light or a beep; take a look at your iron's instructions to see what to keep an eye or ear out for. If yours doesn't have any of those bells or whistles (or lights, for that matter), then a good rule of thumb is to wait for the waffle iron to stop steaming. When it's no longer steaming, that usually means the waffle is all ready.
This Classic Waffle Recipe makes waffles that are perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The best classic recipe for homemade waffles!
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup light oil, such as canola or vegetable
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 ¾ cups milk (I normally use 2%)
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar, and stir to combine.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the eggs, oil, applesauce, and milk.
- Whisk all ingredients together until a thin and slightly lumpy batter forms.
- Pour the batter into your waffle iron according to manufacturers directions.
- When the waffle is done cooking, carefully place it on a wire rack to cool, taking care not to stack the waffles on top of each other. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve waffles hot with your favorite topping, such as buttermilk syrup, strawberries, and whipped cream.
- If you don't have applesauce, you can replace it with oil. I often have it on hand and like the added sweetness and moisture it brings to the waffles, but you can use what you have on hand.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Waffle Iron
- Cuisine: American
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Looking for more classic waffle recipes?
- Banana Waffles
- Easy Chocolate Waffle Recipe
- Classic Belgian Waffle Recipe
- The Best Homemade Whole Wheat Waffles Recipe
- Cornbread Waffles with Chili
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup
- Sweet Cherry Waffles
Serve these waffles with:
- Homemade Buttermilk Syrup
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- How to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer
- Baking Bacon in the Oven
- Blueberry Topping
This post was originally published in 2010 and has been updated and rephotographed in May 2019.