This easy American dessert waffle recipe is all you need to make the best homemade fluffy waffles from scratch.
If you’re looking for a treat that’s both quick to make and impossible to resist, then you’re in the right place. This easy American waffle recipe is all you need to make a delicious homemade dessert from scratch.
I’ve tried lots of homemade waffle recipes until I found the one I love. It’s easy, quick, and tastes great. Use it to make a batch of scrumptious waffles without buttermilk in no time.
Waffles can make any morning better, can’t they? I mean who will resist a crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside sweet goodness? It’s no surprise they have become a beloved and timeless breakfast staple!
Don’t worry if you’re not into sweets! Savory waffles are just as popular. For instance, try potato waffles or cheesy ones. Spread cream cheese on top, add a slice of ham, and you’ve got a tasty snack ready to enjoy!
American waffles vs Belgian waffles
Belgian waffles and classic American waffles, despite belonging to the same category, have some key differences in their ingredients, texture, and appearance.
Regular American waffles are made with flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, and melted butter, resulting in a lighter texture. They are smaller in size and have a shallower grid pattern with smaller pockets.
On the other hand, Belgian waffles, specifically the Brussels variety, often include yeast, giving them a light and airy texture with a thicker consistency.
Of course, both versions are super delicious.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when making American-style waffles from scratch:
- Using milk and eggs at room temperature is recommended. They blend more easily with the other ingredients, resulting in a smoother and more consistent batter.
- Preheat the waffle iron and lightly grease it before adding the batter to prevent sticking.
- Don’t open the waffle maker too early while cooking, as this can cause the waffles to break apart. Wait at least 3 minutes before opening the iron.
- Serve immediately: homemade waffles are best enjoyed fresh and hot. Serve them immediately with your favorite toppings.
You can make the batter ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. However, it’s important not to add baking powder to the batter when storing it. Instead, add it right before cooking the waffles. Additionally, make sure to whisk the batter well before using it to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
If you don’t plan on eating the waffles immediately after removing them from the waffle iron, you can place them in a single layer on a wire cooling rack. Unlike pancakes, which can be stacked to retain their warmth, waffles have a crispy exterior. If you stack hot waffles, they will generate steam and rapidly lose their crispiness.
Use this easy no buttermilk waffle recipe as a starting point and feel free to customize it to your liking.
You can enrich the basic waffle batter with various additions. Here are some suggestions:
- Cocoa Powder: incorporate 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (in this case, reduce the amount of flour by 2 tablespoons) to create delightful chocolate-flavored American waffles.
- Festive Spices: add spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and nutmeg to infuse the batter with a festive Christmas dessert vibe.
- Citrus Zest: introduce some lemon or orange zest to the batter for a refreshing and citrusy flavor.
- Chocolate Chips: mix in chocolate chips for a decadent twist.
Feel free to experiment with various toppings and mix-ins. The possibilities are endless!
If you have a digital kitchen scale, I suggest using it for precise measurements instead of cups and spoons, especially in baking. A scale gives more accurate results since everyone scoops ingredients differently. Trust me, using a kitchen scale will take your baking to the next level.
This basic waffle recipe without buttermilk uses simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen.
You can make 20-22 waffles with these ingredients:
- 180g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
- 90g (7Tbsp) sugar (white or brown)
- 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter (melt it and let it cool)
- 180ml milk (¾ cup) milk (any type)
- 2 eggs (at room temperature)
- vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 2Tbsp pearl sugar (optional, for added crunchiness)
Easy American waffle recipe
1. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they turn white and become fluffy.
2. Add the slightly cooled melted butter to the egg yolk mixture, and stir to incorporate it into the batter.
3. Mix in the vanilla extract, flour, and baking powder (using a spoon) until they are well combined with the batter.
4. Add the milk to the batter and use a mixer to beat the mixture until it becomes smooth.
5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, ensuring they are fully incorporated. If desired, add pearl sugar to the batter for extra crunch.
6. Preheat your waffle maker and lightly grease it with oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking. Pour 1-2 spoonfuls of batter onto the hot waffle iron, spreading it evenly, and close the lid. Cook the waffles for approximately 4-5 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
7. Carefully remove the cooked waffles from the waffle maker and repeat the process with the remaining batter.
Enjoy these delicious American waffles immediately!
How to serve waffles
My favorite way to serve them is with a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. For me, it’s a match made in heaven.
But there are numerous delightful ways to serve this dessert. Here are some popular serving suggestions:
- Fresh fruits and berries such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, or sliced bananas are wonderful choices to serve with waffles. Their vibrant colors and natural sweetness complement the waffles perfectly, adding freshness and a burst of flavor. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream for extra goodness.
- Syrups and sauces: in addition to the traditional maple syrup, consider trying alternatives such as chocolate syrup, mint syrup, or caramel sauce. These delightful additions add a touch of decadence to any sweet treat.
- Ice Cream: serve your waffle dessert with a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream flavor. The contrast between the warm waffles and cold, creamy ice cream creates a delightful combination of temperatures and textures.
- Yogurt and Honey: for a lighter and refreshing option, serve homemade waffles with a spoonful of Greek yogurt or plain yogurt and drizzle some honey on top. This provides a creamy and tangy element that complements the sweetness of this dessert.
- Nut and Seed Toppings: sprinkle some chopped nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds, over the waffles for added crunch and flavor. You can also include a sprinkle of seeds like chia seeds or flaxseeds for a nutritious boost.
- Nutella and Sliced Bananas: spread a layer of Nutella on your warm waffles and add sliced bananas on top. The combination of chocolate-hazelnut spread and bananas is delightful.
- Serve American waffles with a spoonful of your favorite jam. The sweet and fruity jam pairs perfectly with the crispy waffles, creating a delicious combination. Give our homemade peach jam a try, it’s fantastic!
Pair your waffles with a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade. The combination of the two creates a delightful and satisfying breakfast or brunch experience.
Soy, almond, rice, and coconut milk are perfect substitutes for dairy milk in this American dessert waffle recipe. Use them in the same amount as indicated for regular cow’s milk. The taste and consistency of the batter may vary slightly, but these options are also worthy of your attention.
This dessert tastes best when consumed fresh. However, if you have prepared a large quantity of waffles and are unable to consume them all at once, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Yes. You can freeze them and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before serving, reheat the waffles in a toaster, air fryer, or oven.
You can replace half of the regular flour with whole wheat flour. However, I don’t recommend replacing all of the flour with whole wheat flour as it will make the batter thicker and the waffles may not turn out as tender on the inside.
This easy American dessert waffle recipe allows you to prepare delicious homemade waffles made entirely from scratch. Enjoy them as a delightful treat any time of the day.
Easy American dessert waffle recipe
- Waffle maker
- 180 g (1½cups) all-purpose flour
- 90 g (7Tbsp) sugar white or brown
- 60 g (¼ cup) unsalted butter melt it and let it cool
- 180 ml (¾cup) milk any type
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp pearl sugar optional,for added crunchiness
- In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they turn white and become fluffy.
- Add the slightly cooled melted butter to the egg yolk mixture, and stir to incorporate it into the batter.
- Mix in the vanilla extract, flour, and baking powder (using a spoon) until they are well combined with the batter.
- Add the milk to the batter and use a mixer to beat the mixture until it becomes smooth.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, ensuring they are fully incorporated. If desired, add pearl sugar to the batter for extra crunch.
- Preheat your waffle maker and lightly grease it with oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking. Pour 1-2 spoonfuls of batter onto the hot waffle iron, spreading it evenly, and close the lid. Cook the waffles for approximately 4-5 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
- Carefully remove the cooked waffles from the waffle maker and repeat the process with the remaining batter.Enjoy these delicious American waffles immediately!