We love easy weekend breakfasts or brunch here and breakfast waffles are a regular on our weekend menu. These Breakfast waffles are delicious but more than that they are simple to prepare (no separating eggs) and can be tweaked to make savoury or sweet waffles depending on your preference, either way, they taste amazing.
What is the secret to light and airy waffles without whisking egg whites?
The secret to these delicious breakfast waffles is the inclusion of buttermilk in the waffle batter – traditionally buttermilk is the leftover liquid from the cream used to make butter and is a watery acidic liquid. However, you can buy it commercially and it tends to be thicker and is made from milk with added lactic bacteria, which produce lactic acid.
Contrary to what its name and thickened texture suggest, buttermilk is not buttery and is relatively low in fat. Store-bought options are usually about on par with whole milk, though reduced-fat options exist. It is the acid in buttermilk that reacts to the baking powder and baking soda in these waffles to make them light and delicious.
How to make your own Buttermilk
If I remember I pick up some buttermilk each week with my shopping, however, it is really easy to make your own. All you need is milk and either lemon or white vinegar (I prefer using lemon).
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice + 250ml milk of choice
Simply mix together and let sit for 5 minutes before mixing again. It will look like curdled milk with a watery liquid on top and is perfect for use in this recipe
Simple Breakfast Waffle Recipe
Simple Breakfast Waffles
Delicious and light breakfast waffles without the hastle of seperating and whisking egg whites
- 330 ml Shop bought Buttermilk or
- 250 ml Homemade Buttermilk
- 40 ml vegetable oil
- 2 Large Eggs
- 180 gm Plain Flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp Bicarb Soda
- pinch Salt
Optional for Sweet Waffles
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp Sugar
It really doesn't get much simpler than this, start by turning on your waffle maker. You can make sure nothing sticks either by brushing with a little oil or melted butter or using a cooking spray on the plates.
Weigh out dry ingredients, mix together and create a well in the centre.
Measure all the wet ingredients and whisk.
Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir together
Add the mix to the waffle maker – ours is a level laydlefor each waffle but that took some testing)!
Follow the machine instructions until your waffles are cooked for me that is 4/5 minutes and serve with your favorite toppings. (see below for a link to 40 amazing toppings)
Once you have made these breakfast waffles you will be hooked. My family love them. If you have any spare (not that we ever do) you can reheat them in a toaster or by grilling them for 1 minute and they also freeze well (if you have any leftovers), so you can make a big batch of them in advance if you want, just make sure you have no air in your freezer bag before you free them. I tend to make them and keep them warm in the oven until ready to serve them all.
How to serve your waffles
I love putting a selection of toppings on the table at the weekend for our waffles. My personal favourite is yoghurt, banana honey and cinnamon sugar. whereas the husbeast is a traditional bacon and maple syrup fan add a fried egg and he will be your friend for life. My boys seem to think anything goes including chocolate and ice cream!
I treat homemade waffles a lot like pancakes so the same toppings work for me – we have over 40 topping ideas for you here.
Other recipes using Buttermilk
Simple Breakfast Recipes
- Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars or Flapjacks
- The Best Peanut Butter on Toast Recipes
- Yoghurt and Berry Crunch – Kids in the Kitchen
- Bircher Muesli, the original overnight oats
- Basil and tomato baked eggs – cooking with kids
- Eggy Bread – cooking with kids
- Peaches and Cream porridge