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Homemade Buttermilk Waffles

waffles with strawberries and whipped cream

If you’ve never tried making waffles at home, well, let this be the day that things change!

Waffles aren’t at all complicated to make at home, and these buttermilk waffles are probably the best I’ve ever had.

You will need a waffle iron for these (nothing else will do).

Cook’s Illustrated recommends this waffle maker, but you also might take a peek around your local thrift store, as waffles irons seem to show up at those types of places with some regularity.

And honestly, I have a very basic waffle maker kind of like this one, and it’s served me fine for 19 years.   I’m sure there are better ones out there with more bells and whistles, but basic is workin’ for me!

Buttermilk Waffles


2 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Pour buttermilk into a measuring cup and add egg yolks. Beat the egg whites, using a mixer, until they are stiff.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, using a whisk. Beat the egg yolks and buttermilk together (I use a handheld egg beater or a whisk to do this task).


3. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix gently. Some lumps of flour may remain, which is fine. Don’t over beat.

4. Using a spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the batter. It should look something like this when you’re done.


5. Grease (I use cooking spray) and preheat the waffle iron. Put about 1 cup of the batter into the iron, and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


I don’t like my waffles especially brown, so I take them out when they look like this(I also never seem to put quite enough batter into the corner of the iron, so mine are rarely perfect squares.).


6. Break the waffles apart, and serve promptly(waffles get cold really fast) with butter and syrup.


Or, if you are feeling indulgent, whipped cream and strawberries make a very acceptable topping.





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Tuesday 28th of March 2017

I know this post is sooo old but thanks for this recipe! I hadn't been able to find a good waffle recipe that wasn't super complicated but this one turned out really well! I did sub one cup plain yogurt and one cup milk for the buttermilk since I never seem to have it on hand and it worked just fine.


Monday 30th of March 2015

Can you freeze these?


Monday 30th of March 2015

Yep! Just let them cool and put them in a heavy duty zippered freezer bag.


Wednesday 29th of February 2012

What waffle iron do you use? The one recommended by ATK is rather expensive so I've been holding off purchasing one. I've had bad experiences with cheaper models of waffle irons so I didn't want to waste more money on poor quality kitchen equipment. I LOVE my ATK recommended griddle, and have found the extra cost was worth it, so maybe the waffle iron is the same thing?



Saturday 9th of July 2011

This recipe looks great! We have a Belgian waffle iron-- will it work in that?


Saturday 2nd of July 2011

I made these for the first time today. I have made waffles with other recipes before, but always with whole eggs. These were just awesome. I did use vinegar/milk instead of buttermilk because the only thing I would use buttermilk for is waffles.

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