Belgian waffles


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belgian waffle

Waffles. From a young age I’ve learned as a Herbert two things are true: We love our waffles and we will demand peanut butter for said waffles.

Over the years I’ve tried at least a dozen different waffle recipes, with only slight differences in ingredients and measurements. From those I’ve narrowed down my top 5 and now present you with what I believe to be the crème de la crème.

Out of every recipe I tried, the cream of tartar, cinnamon, nutmeg + sugar play a huge role so don’t omit them. Room temperature ingredients are good too, including your eggs + vanilla. Also, note that the milk is lukewarm (no need for fancy buttermilk or half and half, just use what you’ve got). Always butter, never oil. Let’s get to it…

What you’ll need:

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk (microwave for 30 seconds)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 pinches of cream of tartar
  1. Plug in and turn on your waffle iron first thing. You want it to be very hot.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon + nutmeg with a whisk.
  3. Separate your eggs, putting the yolks into a larger bowl and reserving the egg whites for later. Beat the egg yolks with a fork.
  4. Add the lukewarm milk + mix in the melted butter with a whisk + add the vanilla.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and mix with your whisk just until combined. Batter should be slightly lumpy.
  6. In the bowl with the egg whites, sprinkle the cream of tartar (unless you’re in need of an upper body workout, get out your mixer).
  7. Beat the egg whites + cream of tartar until you have soft peaks like shown.

    soft peaks egg whites

    Egg whites – soft peaks

  8. With a spatula, place the beaten egg whites into the batter and carefully fold them in grabbing batter with your spatula from underneath and placing on top of the egg whites until blended.
  9. Pour about 2/3 cup of batter into your hot waffle iron and let cook up until crisp!
  10. Serve with maple syrup (yes, and peanut butter) and enjoy!

Makes about 5-6 waffles.

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