Quick and Easy Waffles

A recipe for Quick and Easy Waffles which are crisp and crunchy on the outside. This recipe does not use yeast or require you to separate eggs, perfect for a lazy brunch or breakfast.

stack of waffles on white plate on linen tea towel with icing sugar shaker

I have to admit that I haven’t really been into waffles until quite recently. As a child growing up in Australia, my memories of waffles were of those pre-made, pre-packaged ones sold in the bakery section of the supermarket. Not very enticing.

As I grew older and acquired more stamps in my passport, I recall visiting stands in Paris where they would make waffles fresh to order, your eyes looking on hungrily and your mouths salivating as you stand and take in the irresistible scent of the waffles cooking.

In winter, you are likely to find similar stands in other European cities, including in Zurich, although I don’t think waffles are a big hit in Zurich compared to their grilled sausage stands.

Waffles in New York

On a trip to New York many years ago with my family, my brother and I had breakfast one morning at Le Pain Quotidien near Central Park. I was trying to be sensible and ordered a healthy breakfast of soft-boiled eggs with a bread basket (my usual choice for breakfast). My younger brother, who I think has a rather sweet tooth, ordered the sugared waffles with strawberries.

As our dishes arrived, I experienced the too-frequent feeling of plate-envy – his waffles made my bread basket look like something boring, big sister would order.

So naturally, we had to have breakfast there again the next day just so I could try the waffles. They were Belgian-style waffles, thick with a good crust and sweet from a generous dusting of icing sugar. I would rate them among the best waffles I have ever eaten.

Waffles in France

On one of our many visits to my husband’s family in France, my mother-in-law decided to make waffles for dessert after lunch one day. She made them to order in the kitchen while the rest of us sat impatiently at the dining table until she would appear with a freshly made waffle, one at a time. Although I felt bad that she was stuck in the kitchen making waffles while the rest of us were just sitting around like hungry birds, it was perhaps the first time that the thought crossed my mind that I could make waffles at home. And that waffles didn’t have to be a breakfast item, that they were quite fitting as a simple dessert.

stack of waffles on white plate with linen tea towel underneath

What Type of Waffle Maker or Waffle Iron to Buy

I found a cheap and cheerful heart-shaped waffle maker on sale and bought it without giving it too much thought. It has served us well throughout the years and, since the arrival of our children, it has had an even more frequent workout than initially expected. In fact, we recently bought a second waffle maker, which also doubles as a toasted sandwich and panini maker.

Electric waffle makers are easy to use as they heat up quickly and can typically control their heat well. There are also usually timers to let you know when the waffles are ready, meaning that even your kids can use them (with some adult supervision).

When buying an electric waffle maker, I would recommend a heavy non-stick version. It can also be economical (and space-saving) to buy the models which come with different attachments for making toasted sandwiches and/or panini.

Waffle irons are also a good option if you have a gas stove (I find they work better on a gas stove than on an electric stove). Waffle irons are comprised of two hinged plates which close to cook the waffle mixture inside. The waffle iron is placed directly on the stove to cook, and then turned over so that both sides are applied to the heat to cook the waffle evenly. Waffle irons come in both cast iron and non-stick metal.

Waffle makers and waffle irons come in a variety of patterns. Heart-shaped patterns are popular, as are the large grid patterns which are used for making Belgian waffles.

How to Serve Waffles

In my husband’s family, they like to eat their waffles with a generous dusting of icing sugar, courtesy of a fabulously retro orange icing sugar dispenser made by Tupperware. And I think waffles really are perfect with just icing sugar because the waffles remain hot and crisp this way.

But a popular savoury option is to serve them with crispy bacon and warm maple syrup.

I love to make savoury waffles to serve alongside soups, such as these Bacon and Chive Waffles or Waffles with Gruyère and Thyme.

For a sweet option, I highly recommend serving waffles with a salted caramel sauce or toffee sauce, or with a delicious blueberry sauce.

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Quick and Easy Waffles

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A recipe for Quick and Easy Waffles which are crisp and crunchy on the outside. This recipe does not use yeast or require you to separate eggs, perfect for a lazy brunch or breakfast.

  • Author: eatlittlebird.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 6-8 waffles

Ingredients

  • 200 g (1 1/3 cup) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 300 ml (1 cup plus 3 tablespoons) full cream milk

Instructions

  1. Make sure the eggs and milk are at room temperature. If the eggs are fridge cold, place them in a bowl with some warm water for about 20 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. In a small bowl or jug, whisk together the eggs, milk and butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Heat the waffle machine.
  6. Pour some batter into the machine, making sure it covers most of the mould.
  7. Close the lid and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Serve warm or hot.
  9. This recipe makes 6 to 8 waffles if using a heart-shaped waffle machine.

Kitchen Notes

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 273
  • Sugar: 8.3g
  • Sodium: 519mg
  • Fat: 13.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.9g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 90.5mg

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16 comments

  1. Julia Levy 8 August 2011

    LOL i remember kicking off the waffle fever with my happy purchase and not long after you got yours :o) My friend also got the same maker as me and in her house it’s known as teh fourth emergency services. There’s nothing like sweet soft fresh waffles, fresh strawberries and a little syrup. Heaven and holiday on a plate.

    I also use a pumpkin recipe that makes lovely waffles. Thanks for reminding me that it’s a while since I made some. Now is it too late for dessert…..

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    • eat little bird 8 August 2011

      Oh I remember you talking about the pumpkin waffles or the “pumcakes”! Is that a variation of Nigella’s recipe? That sounds really delicious, especially with autumn around the corner. I’ve been thinking that I need to branch out a bit more and try different waffle recipes, especially savoury recipes. Thanks for the inspiration! P.S. When is it ever too late for dessert??? 😉

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      • Julia Levy 8 August 2011

        ha ha ha, mmmm dessert

        Yes i used the ‘pumcake’ recipe for waffles. I also use a lot of cinammon and nutmeg in mine, so autumy. Cinammon waffles with caramelised apples on top, yum.

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        • eat little bird 9 August 2011

          Aaahhh Julia … now I want dessert!! 😉 I will definitely try the pumcakes once pumpkins are in season again. Can’t wait!

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  2. shaday 15 August 2011

    Your waffels look delicious! <3 Btw. I have the same waffle iron.

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  3. thepatternedplate 28 August 2011

    Oh I am so trying to source a waffle maker here that doesn’t cost the same as All-Clad pans!!!! When I do , oh I am so making these Thanh!!! :-)) There is such a romantic look about these pictures! 😀

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  4. Coccarda 8 November 2011

    Ale śliczny kubeczek i gofry też ! Pozdrawiam 😉

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  5. Emma 31 January 2012

    LOVE the waffle iron – the waffles are so pretty. Problem is that I have to start throwing things out to make room for anything new!! Would happily get rid of the dishwasher to make room for appliances like waffle irons, but I don’t think our ll would like that (only joking if you are reading this ll).

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    • eat, little bird 2 February 2012

      I know what you mean about making room for new things in the kitchen … except I don’t and our cellar is now an extension of the kitchen! Come to Zurich and I’ll make you some waffles 🙂

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  6. Tat 2 November 2012

    Your waffles remind me of the Norwegian waffles. They are always heart shaped and I also have an iron for it. If you want to try the Norwegian style of taste add half or one teaspoon of cardamom. They also use sour cream in some recipes and also add sour cream on top, or cheese. If you can get hold of a cheese called Gudbransdalost (I know long name) it is a caramelized goat cheese. Soooooo good. It is brown in colour and is also used to eat with waffles, or just strawberries and cream, nothing wrong with good old strawberries. Waffles are served often when visiting people and at every event. I know people who put the batter in an empty bottle and transport the iron to a school event etc and just pour the mix into the waffle iron when cooking them. I really like the way you lay with the different types of waffles, savory and sweet.

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    • eat, little bird 12 November 2012

      I love the sound of adding ground cardamom to the batter – I will definitely try that next time, especially since I’ve gotten into the habit of adding ground cinnamon for something a bit warming and different at breakfast.

      And sour cream in the batter also sounds delicious … I’ve been making quite a few different savoury waffles recently and just love how versatile they are. Perhaps I am subconsciously trying to justify this kitchen appliance but I think it has gotten more use than I ever expected!

      It sounds like the Norwegians really embrace waffles in their food culture. Sounds like I place I ought to visit again!

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  7. Rushi 30 January 2013

    I finally got myself a waffle iron and it’s just like yours. I bought it on a whim too, no research whatsoever 🙂 I tried this recipe out and boy weren’t they great. I then drenched a few with honey and the rest with icing sugar. It’s the perfect breakfast treat. I’m wondering if I could turn these into chocolate ones. he he

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    • eat, little bird 30 January 2013

      Great to hear that you also have a heart-shaped waffle maker 🙂 I was worried that mine was an impulse purchase but I still love it. I think this is a great go-to waffle recipe and lends itself well to some playing around. Maybe add some chocolate-chips to the batter?? Yum!!

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  8. Julia 12 April 2018

    What a fantastic idea! This is a great recipe! I definitely want to try! Thank you!

    Reply