How to Make Waffles

Four Parts:Getting the Equipment and Batter ReadyMaking the WafflesServing WafflesMore Variety of Waffles

Fable says that the waffle was born when an armored knight sat down on pancake batter and created the familiar grid-shaped breakfast confection. Luckily, we now have waffle makers to do the job. Read on to learn how to make perfect waffles that are fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

  • Prep time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes (per waffle)
  • Total time: 12-35 minutes


  • 1 cup flour (You can substitute whole wheat pastry flour or buckwheat flour up to half of this amount)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder or baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 eggs, separate the yolks and the whites
  • 1 and ½ cups milk (You can substitute half-&-half at 1 cup)
  • 2-5 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Toppings for Waffles

  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh chopped fruit
  • Mint leaves
  • Whipped cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Fried vegetables
  • Shredded cheese

Part 1
Getting the Equipment and Batter Ready

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    Preheat the waffle iron. Plug it in and wait for it to heat, or turn it to a certain temperature, depending on the model you're using. In many cases a small light will come on when the waffle iron is ready. [citation needed]
    • A good test of the temperature is to let a drop or two of water fall on the plates of the waffle iron. The drops should sizzle and dance for 2-3 seconds before vanishing. If the drops sit there for much longer than that, the waffle iron isn't warm enough yet. If they vanish in less than a couple seconds, the waffle iron may be too hot. [citation needed]
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    Mix the dry ingredients. Place the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder into a medium-large bowl. For extremely fluffy waffles, sift the ingredients instead of simply mixing them.
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    Separate the eggs. Use an egg separating tool to separate the yolks from the whites and place them in separate bowls.
    • You may also separate the eggs by cracking them in half and tipping the yolk from shell half to shell half, letting the white drop to a bowl below.
    • It's all right to leave a bit of the egg whites in with the yolk, but don't get any yolk in with the egg white. The egg whites won't foam properly if there is even a little yolk in them.
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    Beat the egg whites. Use a whisk or a mixer to beat the egg whites until they foam and form soft peaks. Joy of Cooking describes the right stage as "stiff, but not dry". [citation needed]
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    Beat the remaining wet ingredients. Beat the butter or oil and egg yolks in a separate bowl. Add the milk and vanilla, and continue beating until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
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    Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the well. Stir the ingredients together until everything is moist. Don't overmix the ingredients, or the waffles will come out dense. You can leave a few lumps in the batter.
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    Fold in the egg whites. Gently mix them with the batter until everything is a fairly even consistency. Again, don't over-mix. Remember that folding is a very gentle, top-to-bottom sort of stirring.

Part 2
Making the Waffles

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    Brush the waffle iron with oil. Use a pastry brush or a paper towel to oil both the top and bottom plates of the waffle iron. Do this before you make each waffle, or it is very likely that the waffles will stick. [citation needed]
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    Spoon in the batter. Use 1/2 to 1 cup of batter, depending on your waffle iron. If you're not sure, go a little under the amount you think you will need. The batter will puff up as it cooks. Spoon it evenly into the bottom plate of the waffle iron.
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    Close the lid and wait for the waffle to cook. Allow about 2 minutes for the waffle to form. If you like your waffles brown, cook them for a longer period of time. [citation needed]
    • Don't press on the lid. The lid will press down enough and the waffles will naturally puff a little. [citation needed]
    • Watch the steam production. It will stop or reduce greatly when the waffles are done.
    • Listen and watch for the thermostat in your waffle iron to turn off and on. Sometimes having it turn off is a cue that the waffles are done.
    • Waffles get a lot less sticky once they're properly cooked. If the waffle iron is hard to open and you oiled it properly, try giving it another minute. [citation needed]
    • Don't open the waffle iron if you can help it. Try to cook each waffle in one go. If you do open the waffle iron on a waffle that's still a bit too pale, carefully close it again and let it go a bit longer.
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    Remove the waffle. A spatula can help you lift it without breaking the waffle or burning your fingers. Place it on a plate and pour more batter into the waffle iron to make another waffle. Repeat until the batter is gone.

Part 3
Serving Waffles

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    Serve the waffles hot with butter and maple syrup. The real thing is best if you can find it.
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    Serve with powdered sugar and fruit. This is another common topping for waffles, and it makes for a delicious, refreshing treat. Try strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or peaches.
    • To make a fruit syrup, place cut fruit, a few teaspoons of sugar, and about half a cup of water in a small pot. Heat it on the stove over medium heat. Stir the mixture until it thickens and becomes a syrup you can pour over your waffles.
    • Fruit can also be cooked directly into the waffle batter. Stir in some blueberries, chopped strawberries, banana slices, or another fruit before pouring it into the waffle iron.
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    Take it over the top with chocolate. Serve the waffles with chocolate syrup and whipped cream to make them into a decadent dessert. You can also cook chocolate chips into the waffles by adding them to the batter before you pour it into the waffle iron.

Part 4
More Variety of Waffles

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    Make bacon flavored waffles. Can’t decide between having waffles or bacon for breakfast? Why compromise when your bacon can meet your waffles for an extremely tasty treat? All you’ll need are the ingredients for traditional waffle batter and a package of bacon to create your bacon waffles. Unfortunately, frozen waffles topped with a few slices of bacon won’t make the cut, so get ready to crack a few eggs and whip up the batter.
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    Make banana cinnamon waffles. Spicing up waffles is an excellent idea to brighten up any child's morning or just to have something different other than a plain waffle. This article posted will show how to make banana cinnamon waffles.
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    Make chocolate chip waffles. Whether you are a beginning cook or an old hat, these made-from scratch waffles are great for those looking to stick to unprocessed ingredients. These waffles are a modern twist on an old breakfast favorite. They also makes a wonderfully sweet treat for dessert!
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    Make Churro waffles. Allow yourself or your kids to indulge into a sweet waffle breakfast once in a while. This waffle recipe is also a kid-friendly one to make as well.
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    Make frozen waffles. Waffles are a tasty treat - and not so hard to make, if you buy the frozen variety. Here's how!


  • It may take a few tries to pour the right amount of batter, set the right heat, and know when they're done. Be patient, and don't give up if the first one comes out lopsided or over or under-done.
  • Place the waffle iron on a tile counter or a ceramic or glass cutting board. The surface underneath may get hot, and drips of waffle batter may land on it.
  • Do not use nonstick cooking spray on most nonstick waffle makers. It may affect the nonstick coating release properties. Check the waffle iron or baker user manual for details.
  • Make waffles at the table and serve them as they come off the waffle iron. If you must wait to serve them, cover them and place them on a plate in an oven on a very low setting or that has been heated to a low setting and turned off.
  • If you'd like homemade waffles without starting from scratch, use a pancake mix with a few tablespoons of extra oil.
  • Cook all your batter when you make it. If you have leftover waffles, store them in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat them in the toaster, not the microwave.
  • You can also prepare it in a sandwich maker.
  • Brush a fresh coat of oil or butter onto the waffle iron plates before adding the batter for each waffle. Otherwise, they'll most likely stick. A nonstick surface sometimes lessens this effect. [1]

Things You'll Need

  • Waffle Iron
  • Assorted bowls, spoons, knives, and measuring cups
  • Ingredients needed to make the batter

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