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The liquid ingredients -- buttermilk and milk -- are the differentiating factor between homestyle and buttermilk waffles. This classic breakfast fare is made using a waffle iron to create a crisp exterior encasing a fluffy and tender interior. Serve buttermilk and homestyle waffles with syrup or fruit butter for a sweet treat that is filling and delicious.

Homestyle Waffles Basics

Homestyle waffles are those made with milk as the binding liquid ingredient. These types of waffles are characterized by their crisp exterior and are typically thinner than their buttermilk counterpart, though they still contain a light and airy center when done right. Common ingredients in homestyle waffles are flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, eggs, vegetable oil and milk. Top waffles with butter while still hot and use the grooves in the waffles as they are intended -- to hold toppings.

Buttermilk Waffle Basics

Buttermilk waffles have a slightly soured and unique taste that sets them apart from other milk-based waffles. Known for their fluffy texture that is considerably more springy and airy than homestyle waffles, buttermilk waffles are made using flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, vegetable oil and buttermilk. Typically leavened using baking soda instead of baking powder, the acid present in buttermilk reacts quickly with baking soda and neutralizes its otherwise metallic taste to create waffles that are light, yet crisp.

Waffle Making Primer

Whether you are making buttermilk or homestyle waffles, the steps are typically the same. Mix all dry ingredients first to ensure that the leavener is well incorporated throughout the flour. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl before pouring them together with the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to stir the batter just until there are no longer any dry patches, but avoid over-stirring the batter. Spread a 1/3 cup of the batter over a lightly greased, heated waffle iron and close the cover. Let waffles cook three to five minutes or until browned and lightly crisped. Remove waffles using a fork.

Waffle Variations

Both buttermilk and homestyle waffles can be altered to your own personal tastes. Use whole wheat, white whole wheat or a combination of any flours to create a more nutrient-rich waffle than using solely all-purpose flour. Add fresh fruits such as blueberries or raspberries directly onto the top of the waffle batter in your waffle iron to create waffles bursting with fresh fruit flavors. Add a handful of unsweetened coconut or broken pecans to the top of waffles going into the waffle iron for delicious waffles with unique flavors.