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Buttermilk Waffles

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Buttermilk waffles are so easy to make from scratch – all you need is one bowl, a whisk, and a few everyday ingredients. Ditch the mix and give these homemade waffles a try!

stack of 4 buttermilk waffles topped with syrup, whipped cream, and strawberries

Homemade Waffles

Serve your waffles with Ham & Potato Breakfast Casserole or Bacon & Spinach Breakfast Pizza.

I grew up eating these buttermilk waffles. The recipe comes from a neighbor friend and it’s the only one I use.

We’d often have them for dinner with some bacon (do you bake your bacon? you should!) and fresh strawberries. They’re perfect for breakfast or brinner (breakfast for dinner)!

mixing bowl with flour, eggs, whisk

Buttermilk Waffle Ingredients

  • Eggs – I always try to use large, organic eggs
  • Flour – All purpose flour here. I haven’t tested with others.
  • Buttermilk – Read below if you don’t have buttermilk on hand & need a hack!
  • Baking Powder – Baking powder contains baking soda, but you’ll use both in this recipe. It’s a leavening agent.
  • Baking Soda – Baking soda works with the buttermilk (an acid) to create carbon dioxide and allow the waffles to rise. #science
  • Salt – Intensifies the flavors.
  • Vegetable Oil – Vegetable oil helps smooth out the batter and creates the crisp outer coating of the waffle. Without it, you’ll have soft, floppy waffles.

stack of buttermilk waffles with syrup cup and strawberries

How do you make buttermilk waffles?

It’s easy!

  1. First, add the eggs, flour, buttermilk, baking powder & soda, salt, and vegetable oil to a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Next, heat up your waffle maker, spray with non-stick spray, then pour in the batter.
  3. Then, wait for it to finish (beep, light up, etc. – it’ll depend on your waffle maker). That’s it!
stack of waffles covered in syrup

I have a Belgian waffle maker & this recipe made 6. How many yours makes will depend on the size/shape of your waffle maker. While you have the waffle maker out, try these Belgian chocolate waffles, too!

They’re so good & way better than a mix. Plus, they’re simple. One bowl and a whisk & you’re ready to go!

Don’t have buttermilk? Here’s a buttermilk substitute:

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, which I often don’t, you can easily make some with this hack – to a measuring cup, add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar then finish filling to 1 cup with milk. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to let milk curdle. Ta-da – buttermilk.

stack of waffles with syrup, powdered sugar, and strawberries

What’s the difference between buttermilk and homestyle waffles?

Homestyle waffles are made with regular milk while buttermilk waffles are made with….buttermilk! Buttermilk waffles are fluffier than homestyle.

Can you substitute buttermilk for milk in these waffles?

You could…but you won’t get the same fluffy results. I recommend using my buttermilk hack above if you don’t have any on hand.

Equipment you’ll need:

stack of 6 buttermilk waffles cut into with syrup and strawberries

Tips & Tricks

  • This recipe makes approximately six 1 cup waffles. How many it will make for you will depend on your waffle maker.
  • Add a splash of vanilla for extra flavor!
  • Mix your batter in a large mixing bowl/batter bowl so you can easily pour the batter right from the bowl into the waffle maker – less dishes!
  • Remember to spray your waffle maker with non-stick spray between EACH waffle.
  • Serve with your favorite syrup or make your own syrup (it’s easier than you think & no HFCS!)
  • Make a double batch & freeze half! Simply make the waffles, let them cool completely, put them on a baking sheet & freeze for approximately 2 hours. Once frozen, move to a freezer safe bag, squeeze out all the air, and keep for up to 3 months. You can quickly reheat in the microwave, toaster, or oven (just like Eggos!)

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Buttermilk Waffles

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Buttermilk waffles are so easy to make from scratch – all you need is one bowl, a whisk, and a few everyday ingredients. Ditch the mix and give these homemade waffles a try!
4.16 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 waffles
Calories 301 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl (or I like to use a large measuring cup), add all the ingredients and whisk together until just combined.
  • Remember to spray your waffle maker with non-stick spray between each waffle!
  • Pour into your waffle maker & cook per your specific waffle maker. (how much batter you use will depend on your waffle maker – usually about 1 cup)
  • Repeat until you’re out of batter.

Video

Notes

This recipe will make approximately six 1 cup waffles.
Add a splash of vanilla for even more flavor.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge or the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 665mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 210IUCalcium: 164mgIron: 2.3mg

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Originally published July 27, 2010

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  1. Laura says

    5 stars
    Omg!!! So easy and delicious.
    I might never buy premade mix again.

  2. Virginia says

    Can I make the batter a day ahead

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, it should be fine covered in the fridge for 1-2 days. I’d whisk it when you’re ready to use it.

  3. Kristie says

    5 stars
    The best recipe. I just have to double it to feed my family and freeze left overs for an extra meal. I will never buy premade again.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Kristie! I’m glad your family likes them 🙂

  4. Marilyn says

    Would it work to make these choc, if so how much cocoa would you use?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I have a chocolate waffle coming next week!

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