This is the best Belgian waffle recipe we’ve ever had! They take a little time to whip up, but oh my gosh are they worth it!!
Belgian waffles are the bee’s knees, hands down my family’s favorite breakfast. More than pancakes, more than eggs in a basket, more than cereal. It’s all about the waffles during the weekend. Sure the kids will settle for toaster waffles if they’re fending for themselves, but almost every Saturday morning they give me the “waffle look”. That “I’m so cute, PLEASE mom!” look. I cave and the waffle making begins.
My boys didn’t just start craving waffles on their own. Oh no. Their dad is the biggest waffle aficionado I’ve ever met. I’ve been making Mike waffles since we moved in together and now he’s taught the kids our boys of weekend waffles.
Sure, sometimes the thought of doing the dishes afterward makes me second guess starting a batch. But in the end, thinking of paying $9+ per waffle at a breakfast place has me breaking out the flour, sugar, and eggs pretty quickly.
What is a Belgian waffle
Belgian waffles are happiness on a plate. They’re round waffles with deep pockets on top and bottom. The crust is nice a crispy and the inside is tender and flaky.
Ingredients for homemade Belgian waffles
- Cake flour
- Baking powder
- Unsalted butter
- Milk – 2% or whole
If you don’t have cake flour on hand, you can swap out for a combination of all-purpose flour and cornstarch. It’s not the same thing, but I’ve done this countless times and the waffles come out great!
Yes, you can buy Belgian waffle mix at the store. But let me tell you friends, that stuff doesn’t hold a candle to this easy Belgian waffle recipe.
What is the difference between Belgian waffles and regular waffles?
Belgian waffles have deeper pockets so they can hold lots of syrup! The texture is lighter and crispier than American waffles.
Honestly though, in the US, Belgian waffles are pretty much THE waffles served at restaurants. So if you like waffles, you’re going to love this recipe!
How to Make Belgian Waffles
- You’ll start by preheating your waffle maker. Mine just turns on or off. If your waffle maker has temperature settings, turn it to HIGH.
- While that gets going, separate your eggs. Place the yolks into a large mixing bowl and the whites in a medium mixing bowl. Beat the egg whites until medium peaks form. I usually do this in my stand mixer while I mix the other ingredients together.
- After that, grab another medium bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Stir it all together and set it aside.
- Now you’re ready for the egg yolks. To the yolks, add the sugar and mix that up until the sugar dissolves and the yolks become pale, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Next, you’re going to add the melted butter, milk, and vanilla to the egg yolks. Mix that all up. It’s going to look broken, don’t worry. It’ll all be okay.
- Once that’s done, pour the flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whisk together until the flour is just incorporated. No overmixing friends!
- Then all you need to do is fold the egg whites into the batter and you’re ready to cook! There might still be some small pieces of eggs white in the batter. That’s alright.
- To make the waffles, spray the hot waffles irons with non-stick cooking spray to help them release the waffles later. Pour in enough batter to cover the irons. I usually use about 3/4 cup. Close the waffle maker and let it go.
- Once in the indicator light turns on, check your waffle. It should have a crispy top and be a nice golden brown. If it doesn’t look like that, close the iron and cook for another minute or two.
- When your waffle is ready, take it out of the waffle maker and repeat this cooking process with the remaining batter. I spray the irons every two waffles.
Tah-dah! You just made homemade Belgian waffles!
You can keep the cooked waffles warm in a 200 degree F oven while you cook the rest of them.
Or just throw them on plates and hand them to your family. Then they can come up for another waffle when they’re finished.
That way no one is staring you down waiting for their waffle fix.
It’s not a tricky recipe. There are just a fair amount of dishes at the end. Oh well. 100% worth it!
Now, if you want to go over the top with your waffles, you can make the Steven Universe Together Breakfast. See that picture right down there. Yup. That’s them.
I’ll show you how to put this together at the end of this post. (Keep scrolling past the Belgian waffle recipe.)
Can you make Belgian waffles in a regular waffle iron?
You can. They won’t have those classic deep pockets, but they’ll still taste great!
If you want to get really crazy, you can get a double Belgian waffle maker. It makes two waffles at once! I’m seriously considering this upgrade. We eat enough waffles in this house to allow for it.
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- Preheat waffle iron. Mine just turns on, but if there are temperature settings choose HIGH.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg white until soft peaks form. (I start my egg whites in the stand mixer and let them go while I mix everything else together.)
- In another medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add vanilla, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. The mixture will look broken, that's okay.
- Pour the flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whisk until just blended. Do not over mix. Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the waffle batter until they're just almost incorporated. Do over mix.
- Coat the inside of your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour enough batter in the iron to just cover the waffle grid. I use about 3/4 cup in my waffle maker.
- Close and cook according to the waffle makers instructions until browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. If the indicator comes on and your waffle isn't a nice crispy golden brown, close the iron and let to cook for another minute or two.
- Remove waffle from the iron. Repeat with the remaining batter. You can keep the cooked waffles warm in your oven at 200 degree F. When ready to serve, spread with butter and top with syrup. Serve immediately.
Okay, you guys, let’s talk about the Together Breakfast from Steven Universe. My youngest is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with this show. I like it a lot too. The songs are awesome. (Cookie Cat anyone?!) And it’s about friendship and supporting each other and crazy diamonds and fusions and gem shards and magic powers and… WHEW!
Together Breakfast is a creation Steven made with toaster waffles, syrup, popcorn, whipped cream, and a strawberry to top it all off. He planned to share it with Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl, but it took the whole episode to make it happen. C’est la vie.
It’s not exactly healthy, but it’s in a stack. So I guess you could say it’s a… balanced breakfast. 😉 -Steven
Yes. Steven. Yes, it is.
I’ve let Eddie make together breakfast a couple of times and it’s actually better than I thought it would be. Since we’re making waffles, I made him a together breakfast for the ages! If you want to whip it up too, follow the recipe below. It’s crazy easy.
- 4 waffles Belgian or toaster
- 1 bag microwave popcorn
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup whipped cream
- 1 strawberry
- Make waffles according to the recipe above OR following the package directions if you're using frozen toaster waffles. Butter waffles as they finish cooking. Stack waffles in a tower.
- Prepare popcorn according to package directions.
- Pour maple syrup all over the top. Add handfuls of popcorn on top of and around the waffles. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream. Place a whole strawberry on top. Serve immediately.