- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs separated
- 1 1/2 cups low fat buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- berries, syrup or any toppings you love!
- Mix the dry ingredients: Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a bowl. Stir very well until evenly mixed.
- Mix the wet ingredients: MAKE SURE YOU SEPARATE THE EGGS! In a large measuring jug, whisk together the egg YOLKS, buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Beat the egg whites: Beat the egg WHITES in a clean bowl with electric beaters until still peaks form. You’ll know they’re ready when you can slowly invert the bowl without the egg whites falling out.
- Make the batter: Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir a few times just to combine. Add the beaten egg whites and carefully fold in just until incorporated. Do NOT overmix, or the waffles will be dense.
- Bake waffles: Preheat your waffle iron on medium-high. Lightly grease and bake waffles according to your manufacturer’s instructions. I use about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle, and I scoop it with a cookie scoop to make less of a mess.
- Serve the waffles hot right out of the waffle iron – that’s when they’re the crispiest!
Mixing the dry ingredients:I always mix the dry ingredients first, because they’re fine standing out at room temperature the longest. Just make sure the baking powder is evenly distributed, otherwise you won’t get a nice rise.
Mixing the wet ingredients:I mix the wet ingredients second. First, you’ll want to separate the eggs and place the egg whites in a clean bowl. Set them aside for whipping in a minute. I like mixing the wet ingredients in a measuring jug, because it makes it less messy to pour them into the bowl with the dry ingredients. You’ll want to whisk these together very well, until smooth and even in color.
Beating the egg whites:Last but not least, I whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. I do this last because I don’t like letting whipped egg whites stand at room temperature. They start getting runny again and don’t keep their fluff.
Mixing the batter:You’ll want to do this very carefully, so you don’t overmix the batter. Also fold in the egg whites gently, or you’ll knock all the air out. But careful doesn’t mean without determination, so don’t be afraid to incorporate the egg whites. You’ll want to take care there’s no large clouds of unmixed egg whites left, otherwise you’ll have flecks of scrambled egg white in your waffles.
Baking the waffles:I never start preheating my waffle iron until the batter is done. Otherwise it stresses me out if I’m not ready yet. Do I have issues, you’re asking? ha! I bake these on a medium-high setting and I lightly grease the waffle iron with a touch of oil before starting.
How to know when waffles are doneWhen baking waffles in a waffle iron, it can be hard to judge when your waffles are done. It also tends to get hotter the longer it’s on for, which means it’s hard to even time. One little trick I use is this: I wait until there’s no more wafts of steam coming out of the waffle iron. There will still be a little bit of steam, but you’ll notice the first couple of minutes, there’s a lot more steam! Wait for that to diminish before checking on your waffles. My theory behind this is that the wet ingredients in the batter create steam as they cook, so once that settles down the waffle should have firmed up enough to make it safe to check without destroying them.
StorageStore cooled waffles wrapped in a clean kitchen towel at room temperature for up to a day.
Freezer instructionsTo freeze: Place the waffles in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Freeze fro about an hour or until firm. Pack into freezer bags and label with the name and the date. To reheat: Pull out as many waffles as you need and reheat them in bursts in your toaster right out of the freezer. To reheat in the oven, bake the waffles on a rack for about 5-10 minutes at 360°F, or until hot and crispy.
You can top your waffles with anything you like! We always love fresh fruit, yogurt and maple syrup, but shhhh, a little chocolate sauce never hurt anyone. Whipped cream or ice cream are great when you serve these as dessert!
My kids generally love these cut into waffle sticks. I give them each a small bowl of Greek yogurt mixed with some male syrup for dipping – they’re all about the dipping!
For a special treat, I love making my Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad with these.
So you can see, there’s absolutely no need to buy expensive waffle mix or frozen toaster waffles. You can make a large batch of these and easily freeze them for up to three months.