Buttermilk Waffles

I can't think of anyone who doesn't like breakfast. There is something about waking up and looking forward to a scrumptious spread after eight (more or less for most of us) whole hours of "fasting". I can see how brunch buffets are so popular, but I don't think it can make up for what you can make at home. Take my favorite for example, waffles. You will find them at my breakfast table least every other Saturday, sometimes even two or three weekends in a row.

Buttermilk Waffles

I always am on a hunt for the perfect recipe and this one took a couple years. It was a combined dilemma of a good recipe and a better waffle iron in order to come up with what I have for breakfast today, light, with a crispy exterior and a soft interior. The secret? Seltzer water in the batter and my now favorite waffle iron. I kid you not, before this waffle maker and recipe below, my waffles only amounted to what looked and tasted like a waffle-printed pancake. I dare say these waffles are delicious on their own (because I tear into them for samples every time) or simply with butter and maple syrup, my favorite!

Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk Waffles

Make 6-8 waffles depending on your machine.

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups unflavored seltzer water

The Instructions

  1. Turn on waffle iron to pre-heat. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, buttermilk and soda together in a mixing bowl to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream, eggs, vanilla and oil together to combine. Gently add the seltzer water and stir to combine.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and gently pour the wet ingredients into the well. Using a spatula, gently stir all the ingredients together until just combined. Batter should remain slightly lumpy with streaks of flour.
  4. Cook batter in the waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. You can keep these warm in a pre-heated oven on a wire rack or reheat them till crisp in a toaster oven at a later time. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!

*Recipe adapted from cooksillustrated.com.