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Homemade Golden Buttermilk Waffles

Master the art of homemade waffles with our Golden Buttermilk Waffles recipe. Perfectly crispy, fluffy, and with a rich buttermilk flavor, they're the ideal start to your day!

November 14, 2023
Buttermilk WafflesPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 40 mins



  1. Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Grease it with a little bit of cooking spray or melted butter to ensure your waffles don’t stick.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. This will help create a light texture in the waffles.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined. The buttermilk is the key to the waffles' signature tang and tenderness.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Gently fold everything together until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the waffles tough.
  5. Pour the batter onto the preheated waffle iron, using about 1/4 cup for each waffle (or as directed by your waffle iron's instructions). Close the lid and cook until the waffles are golden brown and crisp. This usually takes about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve the waffles hot off the iron with your favorite toppings, such as fresh berries, whipped cream, maple syrup, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Buttermilk Waffles
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 95 mg31.7%
Protein 8 g16%
Total Fat 15 g19.2%
Sodium 450 mg19.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • For the best results, ensure your eggs and buttermilk are at room temperature to help the batter mix evenly.
  • Avoid overmixing. Mix the batter until the ingredients are just combined. Overmixing can lead to gluten development, making the waffles tough.
  • Rest the batter. If time allows, let the batter rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before cooking. This allows the gluten to relax and results in fluffier waffles.
  • Use a measuring cup or ladle to pour the batter onto the waffle iron to ensure each waffle is the same size.
  • Keep waffles warm. If you’re not serving immediately, keep the cooked waffles warm in an oven preheated to 200°F until ready to serve.
  • Waffles freeze well. Cool them completely, separate with parchment paper, and store in freezer-safe bags. Reheat in the toaster or oven for a quick breakfast.
  • Never use metal utensils to remove the waffles, as they can scratch the iron. Use rubber or wooden utensils instead.
  • Feel free to add mix-ins like blueberries, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts directly into the batter for added flavor.
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Wake up to the aroma of homemade Golden Buttermilk Waffles, a breakfast classic that's sure to bring smiles to the breakfast table. These waffles strike the perfect balance between a crispy exterior and a light, fluffy interior, with a hint of tanginess from the buttermilk that sets them apart from the rest.

Easy to whip up and a joy to devour, these buttermilk waffles will become your go-to recipe for a breakfast worth waking up for.

History of Waffles

The history of waffles is steeped in a rich European tradition, with the Belgian waffle being one of the most renowned iterations of this beloved dish. The Belgian buttermilk waffles recipe specifically offers a delightful twist with its use of buttermilk, which introduces a pleasant tanginess and results in a tender texture. This variant of the waffle became popular for its deeper pockets and larger size, ideal for holding pools of syrup and butter, or heaps of fresh fruit and whipped cream.

In crafting these waffles, you're not just whipping up a quick breakfast; you're creating a culinary experience. The charm of the best buttermilk waffle recipe lies in its simplicity and the joy it brings to those who partake in its golden, fluffy goodness. Whether you're serving them up for a weekend brunch or a special weekday treat, these buttermilk waffles are sure to transport you and your loved ones to the cobblestone streets of Belgium with just one bite.

What's The Difference Between Belgian Waffles And Buttermilk Waffles?

Belgian waffles and buttermilk waffles, while both delightful, have distinct differences in their ingredients, texture, and appearance:

Belgian Waffles:

  • Texture and Appearance: Belgian waffles are often larger, with deeper pockets or grids. This characteristic is due to the waffle iron used, which is specifically designed to produce a thicker waffle.
  • Batter: The batter for Belgian waffles typically includes beaten egg whites or yeast, which contributes to their light and fluffy interior.
  • Flavor: They can be made with buttermilk or regular milk, but the key is often the inclusion of yeast or whipped egg whites, which give these waffles a slightly sweet and airy texture.
  • Serving: Belgian waffles are commonly served with whipped cream, fruit, chocolate, and syrups, making them a popular choice for a decadent breakfast or dessert.

Buttermilk Waffles:

  • Texture and Appearance: Buttermilk waffles tend to have a more traditional waffle appearance with shallower pockets. They can be made in any standard waffle iron.
  • Batter: The inclusion of buttermilk in the batter is essential, as it reacts with the leavening agents to create a tender crumb and a slight tanginess in the flavor.
  • Flavor: The tangy taste of buttermilk is the standout feature of these waffles, offering a rich and nuanced flavor profile.
  • Serving: Buttermilk waffles are often served as a hearty breakfast option, topped with butter, maple syrup, or fruit.

What Is The Difference Between A Pancake And A Waffle?

Pancakes and waffles are both popular breakfast items, but they have several distinct differences:

Batter Composition:

  • Pancake: Typically, pancake batter is made from a simple mix of flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, eggs, and melted butter or oil. The batter is fairly thin and runny, allowing it to spread into a round shape when poured onto a griddle or pan.
  • Waffle: Waffle batter contains more fat (usually butter) and sugar than pancake batter, which contributes to a crispier exterior. It may also have a leavening agent like baking powder or beaten egg whites to make it lighter and fluffier.

Cooking Method:

  • Pancake: Pancakes are cooked on a smooth, flat griddle or frying pan. They are flipped part way through cooking to ensure both sides are golden brown and cooked evenly.
  • Waffle: Waffles are cooked in a waffle iron, which has a distinctive grid pattern. The iron cooks the waffle on both sides at once and gives it its characteristic deep pockets.

Texture and Taste:

  • Pancake: Pancakes are generally soft with a slightly chewy texture. They have a relatively even surface which browns during cooking.
  • Waffle: Waffles are known for being crispy on the outside due to the higher sugar and butter content, while remaining fluffy and light on the inside. The pockets created by the waffle iron not only add texture but also help to hold toppings like syrup and butter.

Serving and Toppings:

  • Pancake: Pancakes are typically stacked and served with toppings like maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, or butter.
  • Waffle: Waffles, with their pockets, are ideal for holding more liquid toppings and can be served with the same toppings as pancakes, though they often end up being more decorative due to the grid pattern.


  • Pancake: Pancakes can easily be adapted to include additional ingredients like blueberries, chocolate chips, or nuts mixed into the batter.
  • Waffle: Waffles can also be customized, but due to their thicker texture, they lend themselves well to more substantial add-ins and toppings.

Despite these differences, both pancakes and waffles are beloved for their comforting flavors and versatility. Whether you prefer the smooth softness of a pancake or the crisp edges and pockets of a waffle often comes down to personal preference and the occasion.

What To Serve with Buttermilk Waffles?

Buttermilk waffles are a versatile breakfast treat that pairs well with a variety of toppings and sides.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Buttermilk Waffles:

How To Store Buttermilk Waffles?

Storing buttermilk waffles properly ensures they retain their texture and flavor for when you’re ready to enjoy them again. Here's the best way to keep them fresh:

Storing at Room Temperature:

  • Cool Completely: Allow the waffles to cool to room temperature on a wire rack to prevent steam from making them soggy.
  • Separate with Parchment Paper: If stacking, place a sheet of parchment paper between each waffle to prevent sticking.
  • Airtight Container: Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.


  • Cool First: As with room temperature storage, let the waffles cool completely before refrigerating.
  • Wrap Tightly: Wrap each waffle individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to protect against moisture and odors in the fridge.
  • Consume Within a Week: Refrigerated waffles should be eaten within a week for the best quality.


  • Flash Freeze: Place the cooled waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for about an hour, or until solid. This prevents them from freezing together.
  • Wrap and Bag: After flash freezing, wrap the waffles individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a resealable freezer bag or an airtight container.
  • Freeze Up to 3 Months: Properly stored, frozen waffles can last up to three months.


  • Toaster or Oven: To bring back the waffles' original crispiness, reheat them in a toaster or an oven preheated to 350°F until they are warm and crisp. This method works whether they're coming from room temperature, the fridge, or the freezer.
  • Microwave: For a softer waffle, you can use the microwave to reheat, but this method won't retain the crispiness.

By storing your buttermilk waffles correctly, you can extend their shelf life and enjoy them as a quick breakfast, snack, or dessert option whenever the craving strikes.

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