When it comes to breakfast, you can’t go wrong with savoring an all-time classic: Belgian waffles. The light, fluffy, and decadent Belgian waffle is a great option for those who love a filling, decadent breakfast. When you top off your stack of waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream, and pour on plenty of maple syrup, it becomes a delightfully indulgent meal. While Belgian waffles are definitely a common breakfast item, many people often only enjoy them in restaurants and don’t casually whip them up at home. Fortunately, Belgian waffles are actually incredibly easy to make in your own kitchen, and you will probably enjoy the homemade version more than any kind you’ve had before.
Recipe developer and private practice registered dietician Kristen Carli of Camelback Nutrition & Wellness has crafted a simple, easy, but incredibly delicious Belgian waffle recipe that utilizes many ingredients that are likely already sitting in your kitchen cupboard. With these waffles, you can make your breakfast a little more exciting and enjoy homemade waffles whenever your heart desires. The best part of all? This recipe is an absolute classic that will pair wonderfully with other breakfast classics. "These pair well with all the breakfast staples — orange juice, coffee, and mimosas," Carli says of the recipe.
Do you want to add a little extra oomph to your next breakfast or brunch? If so, you can’t go wrong giving this homemade Belgian waffle recipe a try.
Gather the ingredients to prepare these delicious homemade Belgian waffles
Before you get started on your homemade Belgian waffles, you’ll first need to have the right ingredients lined up and ready to go. For this recipe, the list of ingredients is super simple, and you likely already have most (if not all) of the items on hand.
You’ll want to round up flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, whole milk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and eggs, in addition to maple syrup and fresh berries for serving. (Keep in mind that Carli notes that you can use a non-dairy milk substitute, like almond or soy milk, which will yield the same result.) Whipped cream is a great topping option as well if you want a truly decadent waffle. And of course, along with all of your ingredients, you’ll need your handy dandy waffle iron.
Once you have all the ingredients sorted out, you can begin preparing your Belgian waffles for the best homemade breakfast or brunch treat of all time.
Start by preheating your waffle iron and mixing the dry ingredients
Now that your ingredients are assembled, you’ll need to get your waffle iron preheated. Once that’s preheating, you can begin preparing your waffle batter. Start with the dry ingredients first — add your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Using a whisk, mix these ingredients until they’re thoroughly combined. From there, you can prepare to add some of the wet ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix until a batter forms
After you’ve mixed your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together, you can add in some wet ingredients. In the same bowl as your flour mixture, add in the whole milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and beaten eggs. Whisk these ingredients together until everything is thoroughly combined. You’ll know that your waffle mixture is ready once there are no lumps in the batter and it’s smooth and thick, like it is in the above picture. Once you reach the desired batter consistency, you can get bring it over to your preheated waffle iron, and get ready to make some waffles!
Pour some batter into the waffle iron to begin cooking your Belgian waffles
Once your waffle batter is ready, you can start cooking the waffles. Spray your preheated waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray, and then carefully ladle some batter into it. You may feel inclined to pour lots of batter in so you can have a big fluffy waffle, but it’s really important to not overdo it. The batter will spread out when you press the iron down, and the last thing you want is an overflowing mess in the kitchen, which will cause much more cleanup work for you later on! Instead, pour in the amount shown in the above photo, close your iron, and then rotate it. Allow the waffle to cook for about a minute.
Finish cooking your waffles in the waffle iron
After you close the waffle iron and allow the waffle to cook for a minute, it should look nice and golden when you open the iron up once again. If you like your waffle a little bit crispier on the outside, you can let it cook a little bit longer, just be sure to avoid burning it.
Once your waffle is done cooking, you can carefully remove it from the waffle iron with a spatula. From there, go ahead and cook the rest of the batter — you should have enough for about five waffles. Your kitchen will be smelling absolutely heavenly right about now, and it’s almost time to dig in!
Top your waffles off with maple syrup and fresh fruit
After all of your waffles are done cooking, you can top them off with butter, syrup, fresh berries, walnuts, a drizzle of honey, whipped cream, some Nutella, or whatever you’d like! Feel free to get creative here — the sky really is the limit as far as toppings are concerned.
This recipe is great for meal prepping, as you can prepare extra batter, cook the waffles, and then store them in Ziploc bags and freeze them for up to three months. Whether you’re looking for a great breakfast option the whole family will seriously love or a new brunch go-to when you have company over, these homemade Belgian waffles are guaranteed to delight anyone you serve them to!
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- maple syrup, for serving
- berries, for serving
- whipped cream, for serving
- Preheat the waffle iron.
- In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine.
- Add the whole milk, melted unsalted butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and beaten eggs to the bowl of dry ingredients. Whisk to combine until there are no lumps.
- Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.
- Using a ladle, scoop one ladleful of batter into the waffle iron. Be careful not to overfill. Close and rotate. Allow the waffle to cook for about 1 minute.
- Open up the waffle iron, and remove the waffle carefully with a spatula. Repeat with remaining four waffles.
- Serve with berries, maple syrup, or the toppings of your choosing.