A Foolproof Guide to Making the Best Waffles
Step one: Don't use pancake mix.
BY Editors | Aug 4, 2017 | Food & Drink
Waffles are not pancakes. Seems an obvious statement, but ask yourself this: Have you ever used pancake batter to make waffles? If the answer is yes, then you need to read this. If the answer is no, well, you should still read this. After all, who doesn't love a perfect waffle? Light, crispy, buttery—welcome to the best waffles you've ever had.
But wait! Before you do anything, before you crack an egg or pour flour into a bowl, turn on your waffle iron. The key to a great waffle is a hot iron. You want the waffle batter to crisp up as soon as it hits the surface, and a waffle iron that isn't hot enough won't do suffice. What you'll end up with instead is something like an Eggo left to defrost in the sink. You don't want that. You want this:
TOTAL TIME: 0:15 LEVEL: Easy
- 1 3/4 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/4 c. light brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 c. milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk
- 2 tsp. cider vinegar or plain vinegar
- 1/4 c. unsalted butter, melted and at room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- fresh fruit
- whipped cream
- chocolate chips
1. Heat the waffle iron until warm and ready to use.
2. Mix all of your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. We suggest using a sifter to sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together into the bowl.
3. Separate out the egg yolks, add them to the melted butter, milk, vinegar, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl, and whisk. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir just enough to combine. Be careful not to over-whisk; there should still be a few small lumps left in the batter.
4. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they are foamy. (This will make your waffles fluffier.) With a spatula, scoop the egg whites into the batter and gently mix until they are just incorporated. Again, you don't want to over-mix.
5. Spoon or pour the batter onto the waffle iron and cook per the manufacturer's instructions—usually about 2 to 3 minutes. If you want to customize your waffles, simply drop in a few ingredients—like banana slices, chocolate chips, or nuts—onto the batter before you close the waffle iron. And if you're making a bunch of waffles, put the cooked waffles on a baking sheet in the oven at 200 degrees to keep them warm.
6. Add toppings and dig in.