Oh how I love a good waffle! A waffle that has this beautiful golden color and is thick and crispy on the outside, then nice and fluffy on the inside. The layers of flaky, crispy, golden waffle goodness though.
Over the years, I’ve tried and tested my share of waffle recipes. An by years I mean like 10. I was just never completely satisfied with the results of my waffles. Batter to thick, soggy waffles, taste was mediocre… As I’ve tested recipes over the years, I came to realize that by simply replacing the milk with buttermilk, gives waffles a nice tangy taste to them. I increased the baking powder amount to create more volume and add in some pure vanilla extract.
Waffles are so easy to make and having a good variety of toppings make for an enjoyable family meal. I love making waffles not only for breakfast but also quite often we have a waffle bar for dinner. I love to include toppings everyone will enjoy such as nutella, whipped cream, fresh fruit, and of course some good ol’ pure maple syrup so it can puddle up into every little square inch of your waffle.
Pre-heat your waffle maker according to manufacture instructions. I like to have my toppings pre-cut (the fruit) and everything ready to go because waffles need to be served as soon as possible. So as they finish cooking, I like to serve them right up. Or, you can keep them on a wire rack in an oven set to 200º to keep them warm. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Whisk in the 3 large eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter. Whisk until combined.
Try not to overmix the batter, this will develop too much air and gluten in the batter. I like to see just a few small lumps in my batter. Ladle about 1/3 cup of batter into each well of the waffle maker. Most waffle makers have a number setting to cook the waffles, I like mine set in between 4-5. Thicker waffles take about 5 minutes to cook for a nice golden brown, crisp waffle. Serve immediately or place on a wire rack in the oven to keep warm. I like mine topped with fresh fruit and just a small amount of pure maple syrup! Yum. This recipe make 6-8 waffles, depending on the size of your waffler. I promise these are some of the best waffles you’ll ever have!