My kids LOVE waffles. And I have to admit, they are so much more fun than pancakes. We like our buttermilk waffles topped with fruit sauce and whipping cream. Use wholegrain flour for a delicious, healthy and minecraft-inspired breakfast (ah the things you learn when you have kids).
Anyways, this recipe certainly is a huge favourite in my house. We make a double recipe of buttermilk waffles nearly every weekend, then freeze the leftovers for after quick weekday breakfasts.
Best of all, buttermilk waffles are perfect for gluten free flours! If you’re looking for a gluten free and vegan waffles, then try my gluten free apple sauce waffles.
Flavour your waffles!
Buttermilk waffles are a great basic recipe for all sorts of different 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. Then add in a 1/4 cup of additional ingredients. Try one or more of the following:
- fresh herbs (parsley, chives, rosemary, basil)
- green onion
- diced sun-dried tomatoes
- Sweet: Sweet waffles are delicious treats that are even fancy enough to be served for dessert with whipping cream or ice cream. Here are some delicious options:
- tiny chocolate chips (1/4 cup)
- grated pears or apples (1/4 cup)
- fresh berries (1/4 cup)
- ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
- lemon zest (1/2 tsp)
- almond or vanilla extract (2 tsp)
This buttermilk waffle batter is pre-mixed the night before to make for an easy morning. The recipe ideal for gluten free or wholegrain flour. See the section above for 10 different savoury and sweet additions to this simple recipe.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Gluten Free
- 2 cups of flour (see notes)
- 2 cups of cultured buttermilk
- 3/4 cup of melted butter
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 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 for 3-12 hours. This will ensure the flour is well-hydrated and add to the flavour of the waffle.
- When ready to make waffles, preheat the waffle iron on medium.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients into your batter. Wheat flour will develop a gluten structure. Don’t worry about being gentle, just mix everything 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 with this recipe, use a low-gluten pastry flour (affiliate link) so that the overnight ferment doesn’t build up too much gluten.
- Milk kefir or yogurt can be used in place of the buttermilk.
- 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!
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