Last Updated on September 13, 2021 by Kathryn Donangelo
These are the best homemade Classic Buttermilk Waffles! Fluffy on the inside, perfectly crisp on the outside and made with simple ingredients. These waffles make the best breakfast or brunch and everyone will be happy you made them!
BEST BUTTERMILK WAFFLES
This Classic Buttermilk Waffles recipe is a keeper and you’ll be making these any time you get a chance! These Best Buttermilk Waffles will be sure to turn any ordinary morning into an extra special morning. Waffles, fluffy vanilla pancakes, cinnamon rolls and French toast are always on the top of my favorite breakfast and brunch list and I love any excuse to bust out my waffle iron!
These waffles come together in just minutes and did you know you don’t actually have to have buttermilk to make these? Crazy right? Be sure to read my notes below! All you need is milk (any kind, low-fat or regular), lemon juice or white vinegar.
I love topping my hot waffles with a pat of butter and pure maple syrup. These waffles are so much better than any other waffle recipe I’ve tried because I add a hint of cinnamon which makes all the difference and adds a hint of warm spice.
If you love savory waffles, be sure to try my Zucchini Cheddar Waffles!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUTTERMILK AND BELGIAN WAFFLES?
Buttermilk waffles are known to be ultra fluffy, have a classic waffle flavor and are spongier than homestyle waffles. You can cook buttermilk waffles in any waffle maker. The buttermilk is used to make the waffles rise and have slight tangy flavor that makes these waffles so delicious!
Belgian waffles have deeper waffle pockets making it easier to hold syrup pools. The waffle texture is lighter and crispier. The waffle batter typically calls for egg whites that you fold into the batter to make the waffles airer and light.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE BEST BUTTERMILK WAFFLES
All-purpose flour: you can also use whole wheat flour as a healthier option.
Sugar: for sweetness. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you want your waffles.
Baking powder: will make the waffles rise even more.
Salt: you just need a pinch to even out the flavors.
Cinnamon: adds a perfect hint of spice and flavor. I can’t make waffles without cinnamon anymore, it’s a magical ingredient!
Buttermilk: provides a tangy flavor and adds so much fluffiness to these waffles!
Eggs: binds the waffles batter together. Eggs also adds texture and flavor.
Melted butter: allows the waffles to be soft and adds to the crispness. Butter makes everything taste better, right!? Be sure to use unsalted butter so your waffles aren’t too salty tasting.
Vanilla extract: enhances the flavors of all the ingredients.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERMILK WAFFLES
MIX TOGETHER DRY INGREDIENTS: In a large mixing bow, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon). Set aside.
MIX TOGETHER WET INGREDIENTS:In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract).
COMBINE AND MIX: Gently add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Be sure not to overmix! The batter may be a bit lumpy.
PREHEAT WAFFE IRON AND COOK WAFFLES: Preheat waffle iron and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour about 1/3-1/2 cup of the batter into the waffle iron (or until the batter covers the waffle iron). Cook until ready, about 2-3 minutes, or until the waffle indicates they are ready.
WAFFLE TOPPING IDEAS
A pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup is my favorite combination to top my waffles but these are also great ideas!
- Fresh fruit
- Whipped cream
- Peanut butter
- Powdered sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Honey butter
HOW TO MAKE CRISPY WAFFLES?
Buttermilk waffles are the best when they are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. There are a few ways to ensure your waffles come out crispy:
- Place cooked waffles in a single layer on a wire rack and store them in a 300 degree oven until ready to serve. This will keep them warm and toasty with a slight crunch.
- Leave the waffles on the waffle iron a few minutes longer than the waffle iron indicates (be sure not to burn them). Also, try not to peak and open the waffle iron before the waffles are done cooking.
- Make sure your waffle iron is very hot when you put your waffle batter on. I like to preheat my waffle iron first thing when I start the recipe.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK
You don’t actually need to go to the store just for buttermilk for this recipe. This kitchen hack is too easy and all you do make your own from scratch is simply adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk in a liquid measuring cup. Do this for every cup of buttermilk that you need. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes and you have homemade buttermilk!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER WAFFLES
- Make sure your waffles are completely cool. You don’t want to store warm waffles.
- Individually wrap waffles in plastic wrap and store in a large ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- You can freeze these waffles for up to 3 months.
- To reheat homemade waffles, put them in a toaster (this will bring back the crispy exterior) or you can heat them in a 300 degree oven for a few minutes.
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Best Buttermilk Waffles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. salt a pinch
- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 large whole eggs
- 1/4 cup butter; melted
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bow, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon). Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract).
- Gently add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Be sure not to overmix! The batter may be a bit lumpy.
- Preheat waffle iron and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour about 1/3-1/2 cup of the batter into the waffle iron (or until the batter covers the waffle iron). Cook until ready, about 2-3 minutes, or until the waffle indicates they are ready.
- Serve immediately, or place the cooked waffles in a 300 degree oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
- Storing leftovers: wrap each waffle in plastic wrap and place in a ziplock bag. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply place the waffle in a toaster or warm in a a 300 degree oven for a few minutes.
- To make homemade buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk in a liquid measuring cup. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes. Do this for every cup of buttermilk that you need.
- To ensure waffles are crispy, place cooked waffles in a 300 degree oven for a few minutes or let the waffles cook on the waffle iron for a minute or two longer.
National Waffle Day
Dust off that waffle maker, Audrey from That Recipe is hosting a Waffle-Fest for National Waffle Day. We’ve got sweet waffles savory waffles, breakfast waffles, waffle sandwiches and dessert waffles. So many delicious ways to enjoy!
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