Crispy Belgian Waffle recipe with 4 tips that make these the BEST waffles ever! Simple waffle recipe that everyone loves.
Easy recipe for Belgian waffles that turns out crispy and holds its shape- even when I pile on the Homemade Peach Syrup and cream like I do often!
Can you even contain your excitement!? I mean- oh, the possibilities!
I saw an idea online for a waffle party, and thought it was the perfect idea for Jude’s 1st birthday.
I set out to find the perfect waffle recipe, but they all kept falling short.
We’re talking a dozen failed recipes.
Looked online. Looked through cookbooks. Tried it all! I adapted and adjusted, but for the life of me, couldn’t get the right balance! In my head, I wanted free-hotel-continental-breakfast waffles. Know which ones I mean? Well, a month later (just in time for the party), and after the 12th recipe, I’m here to share my secrets and the final version…
How is this recipe different than other Belgian Waffle recipes?
I make waffles often and when I was trying these out, I wasn’t sure it’d work! These were different. But you know what? They’re also AMAZING. Here’s how they’re different:
- Slightly odd ingredients. Cornstarch? Only 3/4 cups flour? Dividing the egg yolks from the egg whites? Weird. But just add them!
- The batter is runny. That was the thing that struck me as the most odd. It was thinner than other waffle recipes, plus the egg whites aren’t 100% stirred in, so you can see some frothy egg in it. It’ll be fine!
- Go ahead and fill the waffle iron. With other recipes I didn’t need to add a ton of batter to the waffle iron. With this recipe, I can add more. Do a test waffle first, filling it as you normally would and see how it goes. Everyone’s waffle irons are a bit different! Then adjust accordingly.
How to make Crispy Belgian Waffles
Here are my tips for making the BEST belgian waffles:
1- Use a Belgian waffle maker, preferably one that flips (I bought this one.) I own several waffle irons and use different ones depending on how many people I’m feeding. This Belgian waffle maker cooks 2 at once!
2- Cornstarch! I replace about 25% – 40% of the called-for flour with cornstarch.
3- Regular milk only. Buttermilk made them creamy, but not crispy… which seemed counter-intuitive:)
4- Separating & beating the egg whites. I heard this over and over again, but it’s true. The whipped whites make a difference.
Here’s what you need:
— FLOUR: You’ll need 3/4 cup flour for this recipe. I used all purpose flour, but you can use a whole wheat blend or even a gluten-free flour blend!
— CORNSTARCH: Adding 1/4 cup cornstarch to the waffle batter helps the waffles to get that nice CRISP texture!
— LEAVENING/ FLAVOR: To help the waffles rise and add flavor, you’ll need 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 tsp. sugar.
— EGGS: You’ll just need 2 eggs, but you’ll need to divide the yolks from the whites.
— BUTTER: Adding 2 TBSP melted butter adds a nice rich flavor to the waffles and helps them be a bit more non-stick!
— MILK: You’ll need 1 cup milk for the waffle batter. You can use regular milk or Almond milk. I don’t usually have the best results using soy milk in recipes require leavening, so I’d avoid soy milk.
— VANILLA: Adding 1 tsp. vanilla contributes towards great flavor!
How to make the Best Belgian Waffles
Preheat all the things
Turn your waffle iron on and get it warming up. Preheat your oven to 200°F too. It helps to set the waffles in a warm oven until you’re ready to eat them!
Start Making the Batter
Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and sugar using a whisk to combine well.
Melt butter in the microwave.
Beat the egg yolk with a fork. Add in the milk, vanilla and butter, then whisk.
Add the dry ingredients to the milk mixture.
Whisk Egg Whites
In a mixer, beat the egg white to stiff peaks.
Combine it all
Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter. Be gentle, but thorough- make sure the egg white is stirred in.
Cook & Serve
Cook in your waffle iron.
Serve, or place waffles directly on the oven racks to keep warm until you’re ready to serve them. (And don’t stack them!)*
How to You Measure Dry Ingredients?
To understand how to measure dry ingredients, I’ll use the example of measuring flour. This method I’m describing is one most home cooks use. To measure 1 cup of flour, you scoop out flour using a tool that’s NOT your measuring cup and deposit the flour into the 1 cup measuring cup. I gently shake the cup from side to side just to level the flour a bit. Then I use a clean butter knife to level off the flour. If you just need 1 tablespoon of flour, I’d simply scoop up flour using my tablespoon measuring spoon and again, level with a knife.
Perfect Crispy Belgian Waffles
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 eggs yolks divided from whites
- 2 TBSP butter melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Heat waffle maker to highest setting.
- Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and sugar using a whisk to combine well.
- Beat the egg yolk with a whisk until smooth. Stir in the milk, vanilla, and butter.
- Combine the milk mixture with the dry ingredients. Stir until mostly smooth.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form using an electric mixer or blender.
- Carefully but thoroughly fold the egg whites into the batter. Cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions.
- Place waffles directly on the oven racks until ready to serve. (And don’t stack them!)
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HOW DO YOU SOFTEN BUTTER?
I like to soften butter by using the defrost function on my microwave. If you need the full 1/2 cup cube of butter, you can leave it in the paper wrapper, otherwise, place the amount of butter you need in a glass or porcelain bowl. I use the lowest defrost setting on my microwave and just let it run for 20 seconds. Check the butter and see how soft it is by pressing it with a rubber scraper. If it is still not soft to the touch, meaning it doesn’t indent when you press into it, let it warm for another 5-10 seconds. Watch it closely! Butter softens very quickly.
*Since I was making these for a party, I needed 25 waffles. Taking 3 minutes per waffle to cook, I needed them to stay crisp while the others baked!This is kind of in impossible feat, or so I thought… The trick was to place the waffles in an oven set to 200, directly on the oven racks (not on plates or pans!). Each one was just right! I can’t believe it worked. It worked! I’ve made this recipe since the party, and the oven trick is the key- they always stay perfectly crisp.
^^ Waffle station.
^^ Ok, and now, my favorite way to eat waffles! My favorite restaurant growing up in Ohio had this on the menu, and my grandma would let me order it as my meal every time! (Grandmas are the best, yes!?) Warm waffles topped with ice cream and hot fudge. I mean, just the best. Making these at home for the first time was an out of body experience, let me tell you!
Now that you have the best recipe, you can use your imagination to top them any way you want! They’re the perfect base for fruit, nutella, powdered sugar, jam, ice cream, syrup… you name it. Enjoy!
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Crisp Belgian Waffle recipe with 4 tips that make these the BEST waffles ever! Simple waffle recipe that everyone loves.