Fresh Belgian Waffles for a Weekday Breakfast or Relaxed Weekend Brunch

Plate of Belgian waffles with blueberries
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Even busy moms know that serving your family a hot, healthy homemade breakfast can get the day off to a strong start. Along with being substantially filling, Belgian waffles, with their light and flaky texture and deep pockets to hold melted butter and maple syrup, are a sure crowd-pleaser.

To get the fluffy and thick texture Belgian waffles are known for, there are a few tricks of the trade you should follow when cooking. For example, yeast is usually used in Belgian waffle batter for leavening. Also, separating the egg yolks from the whites helps to lighten the batter. Belgian waffles should be made on a waffle iron that has a deeper and larger grid pattern than usual; the shallower grids are best used for lighter and thinner American-style waffles.

This recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and is viable for a quick weekday morning breakfast. You can also save it for weekend brunch and pair the waffles with scrambled eggs and crisp bacon.

Total Time: 40 minutes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flower
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (use 1 tablespoon each white and brown sugar if preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (4 tablespoons melted, 1 tablespoon solid)

Directions:

  1. Using a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use a whisk to stir the mixture as you slowly pour the yeast mixture into the bowl.
  3. Stir in the milk, egg yolks, vanilla and the melted butter. Continue stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until peaks are formed. Gently fold the egg whites into the waffle mixture. Let the batter sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Cover the grooves of the waffle maker with the remaining tablespoon of butter. You may use nonstick cooking spray if you prefer, but the butter provides natural flavor and helps the waffles turn golden brown.
  6. Turn the waffle iron on and heat it to 400 degrees. Once it's hot, approximately 5 minutes, pour 3/4 cup of batter into the waffle iron. Use more or less batter depending on the size of your waffle iron. Avoid filling the entirety of the grid plates; leave room for the waffles to expand while cooking.
  7. Transfer the waffle to a plate once it is golden brown. 

Tip

  • Serve traditional style Belgian waffles with butter and syrup, or get creative with tasty treats, such as whipped cream, blackberry jam or chocolate chips.
  • As you are cooking, store the waffles on a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven to keep them warm and flaky.