My kids LOVE waffles. And I have to admit, they are so much more fun than pancakes. We like our buttermilk waffles crispy and topped with fruit and whipping cream. It’s a delicious, healthy and minecraft-inspired breakfast (ah the things you learn when you have kids).
Anyways, this recipe is certainly a huge favourite in my house. We make buttermilk waffles nearly every weekend, then freeze the leftovers for after school snacks.
If you’re looking for a vegan waffle recipe, try my gluten free apple sauce waffles.
Flavour your waffles!
Buttermilk waffles are a great basic recipe for all sorts of different waffle flavours.
- Savoury: Savoury waffles are perfect for brunch, snack or as a fun alternative to bread with dinner! When making savoury waffles, don’t include sugar in your batter. Add in a 1/4 cup of additional ingredients like: fresh herbs, green onion, diced sun-dried tomatoes or cheese.
- Sweet: Sweet waffles are delicious treats that can be a fancy dessert if served with whipping cream or ice cream. You can add in up to 1/4 cup of tiny chocolate chips or chopped berries. Use a 1/2 tsp of flavours like ground cinnamon or citrus zest.
- 2 cups of flour (see notes)
- 2 cups of cultured buttermilk or kefir
- ¾ cup of melted butter
- 3 eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp sugar (optional)
- Mix the flour and buttermilk the night before. Cover with an airtight cover and leave in a warm location. (The recipe will work without pre-fermentation, but I recommend trying it!)
- The next morning preheat your waffle iron on medium.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients into your batter. If you used wheat flour, mixture will have developed gluten. Don't worry about being gentle, just mix until you have a smooth batter.
- Cook according to the directions of on your waffle iron and enjoy!
-Not a morning person? Mix everything but the eggs and baking soda into your batter the night before.
-As a gluten free person, I usually use gluten free oat flour for my waffles. Any gluten free or whole grain flour will work. If you want to use white flour, use a low-gluten pastry flour so that the overnight ferment doesn’t build up too much gluten.
-I never put sugar into my waffle batter, but if you like sweet waffle, then add in 2 tbsp of your favourite sweetener.
-I use a stove-top waffle maker. It’s ceramic, though close enough to the cast iron waffle maker of my childhood to satisfy me!