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The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

This is hands down the best fluffy waffle recipe, yielding pillowy waffles with just a hint of crispy, sweet exterior. This recipe creates restaurant quality breakfast or brunch in the comfort of your own home. Perfect any day!

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

Homemade waffles are a weekend favorite in our house. So much so that we consistently make more than we need and freeze the remainder. Our daughter will routinely eat them for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner any time we let her. She begs us to make these exact waffles multiple times a week.

It’s safe to say that these waffles are the reason why she grows.

And we understand why she loves them so much. 

How to Make the Fluffiest Waffles Ever!

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

There’s a secret to getting them so light and soft with just a little bit of crunch on the exterior. How does this happen?The answer: whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. The egg whites create lift that give these fluffy waffles the light as a cloud texture. 

Aside from the spot on texture, this fluffy waffle recipe has spot on flavor. More flavor than your average waffle without being over the top thanks a hint of vanilla extract and a few tablespoons of sugar. It’s just enough to make you say, “Yum,” without overpowering the classic waffle taste.

Ingredients

This classic recipe is pretty standard. To make it you need:

  • Large Eggs– divided so you can whip the whites 
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk– We use whole milk in this since we keep it on hand for the kids. You could use lower fat milk but I don’t recommend skim.
  • Canola oil– Feel free to sub out another light oil like olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Flour– Regular all purpose flour. If you substitute a portion for whole wheat flour your waffles will not be as light and will have sort of a crumbly, dry texture. I suspect this may also happen with some gluten free flours but I have not tried it.
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

How to Make

To make this recipe:

  1. Whip the egg whites until they are fluffy.
    In a bowl, add egg whites, 3 tbs of sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Don’t skip whipping the egg whites! They provide a lot of the lift and structure for these.
  2. Prepare the dry ingredients.
    While the egg whites beat, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat together the other wet ingredients.
     In another separate bowl, beat together the 4 egg yolks, milk, 3 tbs sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and oil.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
    Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Fold the egg whites into the rest of the batter.
    When the wet ingredients and dry ingredients are mixed, gently fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the batter. Be careful not to overmix or you’ll deflate the egg whites.
  6. Cook the waffles.
    Spray the top and bottom of your preheated waffle maker with nonstick spray. Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour enough batter into the maker to fill about half to three quarters of the waffle iron with batter. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the steam stops. This will vary based on your waffle maker. Repeat until done. Enjoy!

Storing Leftovers

You can store leftover waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them.

How to Freeze Homemade Waffles

When we freeze our leftover waffles, we let them cool to room temperature. Then we wrap them in aluminum foil or freezer wrap individually and store them all in a sealed freezer bag. They will stay good for 3 months.

Reheating 

We aren’t fans of reheating homemade waffles in the microwave as they may get soggy. However, you can easily reheat them by putting them in a 350 degree oven or toaster oven. To do it, just lay unwrapped waffles out on a baking sheet lined with parchment and heat them for 10-15 minutes or until they are warmed through.

Tips and Tricks

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

    • Whip the egg whites using a hand or stand mixer (affiliate link)with a whisk attachment. They are ready when you lift the mixer out of the bowl and the foam pulls up as you lift. The egg whites should hold their shape when ready.
    • Gently fold whipped egg whites into batter. If you mix too much or hard, you lose the fluffiness it adds.
    • Spray both the top and bottom of the waffle iron (affiliate link) before adding new batter.
    • Fill only 1/2 to 2/3 of the bottom of each section of the waffle maker (affiliate link). If you add too much or too little, adjust the amount you add the next time.
    • If your waffle maker (affiliate link) does not have a clock or counter, most waffles cook within 3 to 4 minutes. Alternatively, when steam stops coming from the waffle, they are typically done.

      The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

      The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

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The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

The Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe


  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 3-4 minutes per batch
  • Total Time: 53 minute
  • Yield: 14 waffles 1x

Description

This is hands down the best fluffy waffle recipe, yielding pillowy waffles with just a hint of crispy, sweet exterior. This recipe creates restaurant quality breakfast or brunch in the comfort of your own home. Perfect any day!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 6 tbs sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 3.5 c milk
  • 1 c canola oil
  • 3.5 c flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the waffle maker.
  2. In a bowl, add egg whites, 3 tbs of sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  3. While they mix, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat together the 4 egg yolks, milk, 3 tbs sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and oil.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  6. When the wet ingredients and dry ingredients are mixed, gently fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the batter.
  7. Spray the top and bottom of your waffle maker with nonstick spray.
  8. Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour enough batter into the maker to fill about half to three quarters of the waffle iron with batter.
  9. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until steam stops.*
  10. Repeat until done.

Notes

*Cook times will vary by waffle maker. Most waffle makers have an indicator light that will tell you when the waffles are done.

The number of waffles will vary slightly by waffle maker

You can freeze leftover waffles by storing cooled waffles in freezer bags.

  • Category: breakfast and brunch
  • Method: waffle maker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: waffles, fluffy waffles, waffle recipe, fluffy waffle recipe, how to make waffles

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sara faisal

Sunday 12th of July 2020

hey, could you please tell, if the c in the recipe card refers to cup.waiting to try these out

jfletcher

Sunday 12th of July 2020

Hi Sara. Yes c=cup.

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