Making Belgian waffles is easy and makes delicious, authentic Belgian waffles! These waffles are perfectly crisp and golden on the outside while being light and fluffy on the inside!
Belgian Waffles are a popular breakfast and brunch item thanks to their crispy golden outside and big pockets for retaining syrup and butter! My family would have these waffles every weekend. In my family my husband is the one who makes the waffles and he does a really good job. Waffles are a popular breakfast item that everyone knows and loves, and they’re really simple to cook at home!
What is a Belgian Waffles
Traditionally, Belgian waffles were made with yeast to make them light and fluffy. Today, baking powder or baking soda is used. Belgian waffle makers are known to give you larger and deeper pockets than traditional American-style waffles.
What exactly are the ingredients in these Belgian waffles?
This is a simple waffle recipe that only requires a few ingredients. To make the best waffles, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- flour: All-purpose flour works well in this recipe. For added fluffiness, sift the flour.
- Baking soda: Any name brand of baking soda will work in this Belgian waffle recipe.
- Salt: just a pinch of salt will do.
- Sugar: In this recipe, white granulated sugar works well.
- Eggs: I use 3 large eggs in this recipe. If you have eggs that are smaller, you might want to use 4. I use an extra egg in this recipe because we like the taste of eggs in the waffle. You can use 2 and it will be just as good.
- Butter: The butter helps the waffle to stay moist. You won’t want to skip this. If you want, you can use vegetable oil or melted coconut oil.
- Milk: Any milk you have is great, but I usually use 2%.
- Vanilla: I use my homemade vanilla, but you can use imitation and it will be fine if that’s what you have.
How to Make Belgian Waffles from Scratch
- Preheat your waffle iron to medium-high heat, then whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Next, separate the eggs by putting the yolks into a large bowl and the whites into a separate, smaller bowl.
- In a large bowl, mix together the milk, egg yolks, oil, and vanilla.
- Now, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Whip the egg whites for 2-3 minutes, or until stiff peaks form (I use a kitchen aid electric mixer, but you can use a hand mixer or whip them by hand), then gently fold them into the waffle batter. You don’t want to overmix. You want to keep as much air from the egg white as possible.
- Spray your waffle iron generously with non-stick spray and pour the batter into the hot iron (the amount of batter will vary depending on the size of your waffle iron).
- Cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions. For mine, I pour the batter into a flipped iron and let it cook for 5 minutes before turning it over). You will know it is done when your waffle is a nice golden color but not too crispy.
- Serve it hot with your favorite toppings!
Belgian Waffle Toppings
There are a variety of toppings you can use on these golden, fluffy waffles; my mind immediately goes to whipped cream and fruit, but my husband’s favorite is peanut butter and pancake syrup, so let’s look at some great options:
- Berries (any kind)
- Chocolate Chips (the kids love this in the pancake as well)
- Flavored whip cream
- Peanut Butter or any nut butter
- Pancake syrup or Maple Syrup
- Brown sugar and lemon juice (I use to love this one as a kid)
How to Reheat your Belgian Waffles
If you have any leftover waffles (I occasionally make a larger batch and freeze them for a faster breakfast), reheat them as follows:
To keep them crispy, you’ll want to reheat them in the oven rather than the microwave. I recommend baking them for around 10 minutes on the middle oven rack at 250 degrees.
How to make Belgian Waffle Recipe
- 1 waffle maker
- 1 electric mixer optional
- 3 egg whites
- 2 egg yolks beaten
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 2 cups milk
- ⅓ cup butter melted
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- Beat 3 egg whites until they are stiff peaks
- Mix dry ingredients
- mix together egg yolk, milk and melted butter
- Create well in the middle of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. combine together in a few strokes the batter will look a little lumpy.
- Fold in egg whites, until just combined.
- Add a enough to put into your waffle maker and wait until golden brown.