I am a bit of a waffle connoisseur and I am here to teach you all of the best kept secrets about How to Make Waffles. Not just any waffles though-these are extra light, fluffy and completely delicious homemade waffles.
This tasty breakfast recipe is made with simple ingredients and I will show you an easy technique that you'll want to use over and over again!
If you're in the mood to try more tasty traditional waffles, check out my Classic Waffle Recipe and this Classic Fluffy Buttermilk Waffle Recipe. All of these waffles go great with sweet Blueberry Topping sauce!
How To Make Waffles
These homemade waffles are light and fluffy, perfect for layering up the sweet or savory toppings, or just keeping it classic with good, ol' butter and syrup. Either way, you're going to be in heaven when you take a bite of these ridiculously amazing waffles!
Let me give you step-by-step instructions on how to make the best homemade waffles.
- Preheat your waffle iron. I like to do this step first so my waffle iron is nice and hot making it less likely that the waffles will stick to it. This preheating typically takes 5-10 minutes depending on your appliance.
- Make the batter. In a medium mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients: the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to combine. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients.
- In a second medium bowl, take a hand mixer and whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks before gently folding them into the rest of the batter, being careful not to over-mix it. This little trick will result in the most fluffy, puffy, and incredible waffles ever! You're going to eat them up. This step seems kind of extra but trust me when is say that it makes a huge difference in the texture and taste of the waffles. Worth it 100%!
- Add all of the wet ingredients EXCEPT the egg whites to the well. Use a whisk to slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir well until very few lumps remain.
- Now you are ready to fold in the beaten egg whites, taking care not to over-mix.
- Spray a small amount of non-stick spray onto the waffle iron and pour in the batter according to manufacturer’s 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. Pro tip: if you are serving a crowd and want to eat all together, simply place cooked waffles directly on the rack of an oven heated to 200 degrees F. This will prevent sogginess and everyone can dine together -WIN!
- Time to dig in! Serve the waffles hot with your favorite topping, such as buttermilk syrup, fruit, or whipped cream.
How do you make waffles crispy?
Even though these waffles are light and fluffy on the inside, waffles will normally get a slightly crispy exterior due to the way they cook in the waffle iron. If you want them extra crisp, place them on a wire rack in a 200 degree F. oven for 5 to 10 minutes to make them extra toasty.
Should you let waffle batter rest?
This is not a recipe where you need to let the waffles rest. I like to start cooking them as soon as I have them mixed up so that the whipped eggs whites don't have time to deflate.
How do you keep waffles from getting soggy?
A good quality waffle maker will allow you to get a well-cooked (and not soggy) waffle. This one is great! Plus, do not -- I repeat, do NOT -- stack your waffles once they're done cooking! This traps steam between them, causing them to get moist and soggy -- bleh. Let them cook on a wire rack with plenty of room to breathe.
What is the best way to clean a waffle iron?
Nobody wants to pull out a dirty waffle iron when it’s time to make waffles again. Cleaning the waffle iron is a good practice to get into that only takes a couple of minutes and will preserve the life of your waffle iron.
Before you begin cleaning the waffle iron ensure that it is unplugged and no longer hot. If you see any left over grease simply use a paper towel to soak that up. Wipe away any left over crumbs with a paper towel as well. Then, using a gentle dish soap and a damp rag, wipe the exterior clean.
To clean the inside of the waffle iron put a small dab of dish soap on a damp cloth or sponge. Rub in between all the lines of the grates and around the edges. Be careful not to use too much water because that can affect the wiring-you just need a small amount. If you have a bunch of batter that is caked on there you might need to scrub a little bit or place a wet paper towel in the iron and close it-this will loosen the gunk up enough to wipe it clean. If you need to, use a toothpick to get rid of any hard to reach caked on batter in crevices.
Once it is clean, use a dish towel to dry off the entire iron. Make sure the waffle iron is completely dry before putting it away. If you get into the habit of cleaning your waffle iron after every use it will be a cinch to maintain.
What can you add to waffles?
This recipe is just begging you to add your favorite little bites of flavor, like mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, blueberries, coconut flakes, and more! Just add a half or full cup of whatever you love in waffles to the batter right before cooking.
Can you refrigerate leftover waffles?
Yes, you can! Although, they might get a little soggy in the fridge. Store them in a plastic sealable bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for 2 to 3 months, and reheat them in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 minutes or until heated through and crisp on the outside.
More waffle recipes:
- Healthy Banana Waffles Recipe
- Classic Belgian Waffle Recipe
- Easy Sourdough Waffle Recipe
- Classic Fluffy Buttermilk Waffle Recipe
If you’ve tried this easy light and fluffy waffle recipe or any other recipe on Bless this Mess, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some pictures of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories AND add your photo to your comment so that other can see your creation.Print
Extra Light and Fluffy Homemade Waffles
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 large waffles 1x
These extra light and fluffy homemade waffles are a delicious breakfast recipe made with simple ingredients and an easy technique you'll love!
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, yolks and whites separated
- ½ cup oil
- 1 ¾ cups milk
- Preheat your waffle iron as directed.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to combine. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients.
- In a second medium bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
- Add the egg yolks, oil, and milk to the well, and use the whisk to slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir well until very few lumps remain.
- Fold in the beaten egg whites, taking care not to over-mix.
- Pour the batter into your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s 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, fruit, or whipped cream.
- 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
- How to Cook Bacon in a Cast Iron Skillet
- How to Cook Bacon in the Air Fryer
- Baking Bacon in the Oven
- Blueberry Topping
This recipe for extra light and fluffy homemade waffles will create the waffles of your dreams, and they're easy enough to make all the time for a fun breakfast or brunch treat!
no flavor other than an eggy aftertaste. would not recommend to anyone
AMAZING recipe!! I would recommend it to friends/family! I did use Cream of Tartar not baking powder, but still, AMAZING!! I will make it again! Thank you Melissa!!
Linda K. Bryan
The milk needs to be cut in half, otherwise, excellent recipe!
oh I love these. I love your advice to make them crispy in the oven too! I always find it a tad hard to make super fluffy waffles that are also crispy, and stay crispy. The best solution I found was store bought fluffy waffles from https://shop.kodiakcakes.com/collections/toaster-waffles-flapjacks - but thanks to you, now i know! 🙂
These are super duper tasty!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the killer recipe!!!
Hooray! I love this recipe too!!!
I finally have my cast iron waffle maker cleaned and seasoned...which recipe to make first...this one or the cornmeal one? You've had me craving waffles all week!!!! I think I'm gonna have some fun with all of these and my waffle maker! Happy waffle week to ya!
What?! Is it electric or is it one you use over your stove or something? I'm intrigued!
Its old school...like 100 years old. They were made to be used on the wood cookstoves of the past....but can still function over an electric or gas burner. I'm so excited to master waffle making in it!!!
Ohhh that's so cool! I'd love to see that in action!