7 Guidelines to Making Crisp Light Waffles

by Lisa Whistler

A Guide to Using a Waffle Maker

These are tips for perfecting the American-style waffle which do not contain yeast. Belgium waffles are different. Our perfect waffle has a crisp and brown outside and is fluffy, light and moist on the inside.

1. The Batter Makes Waffles “Non-Stick” – The quantity of butter or oil mixed into the batter will dictate how much your waffles stick to the waffle maker. Should your waffles tend to stick, increase the amount you use of these ingredients.

2. Separate Eggs – In order to achieve fluffy insides to your waffles, separate the eggs. Beat the yolks and combine with the other wet batter ingredients. Beat egg whites separately until strong peaks form. Then, fold the beaten egg whites into the batter gently with your spatula.

3. Gentle Mixing – Achieving perfect batter can be tricky. The texture should have enough smoothness to freely fill in the grooves in the waffle maker but not so thin that it produces rubbery waffles. The ideal mixing tool is a rubber spatula or spoon. Wet ingredients should be mixed into dry like the bowl contained fragile glass bubbles. Mix to smoothness allowing for a few extra minutes and patience.

4. Buttermilk Substitution – Many flavorful waffle recipes call for buttermilk, but most households don’t stock it. Regular milk is a perfect substitute and the difference it makes in the final waffle is not really noticeable. However, buttermilk can be simulated by pouring one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar into one cup of regular milk. The acidity curdles the milk when left standing for 15 minutes.

5. Timing – Most waffle makers are equipped with an audible indicator or an indicator light to let you know when to raise the lid. If yours does not, watch for the steam to stop before raising the lid. Opening the maker too soon usually causes half to stick to the lid and half to the bottom. Each waffle maker may vary in timing for doneness. It may take a couple of waffles before you get the knack for yours.

6. Serving Everyone Together – When serving many people at once, use the oven to keep waffles warm. Set the oven at 250 degrees while waffle maker is pre-heating. As your waffles are made, place them inside the oven and they will not only stay warm, but get a little crispier. It is similar to toasting them after they are cooked.

7. Save the Extras – There is no such thing as too many waffles. Extra waffles can be frozen in freezer bags once they have cooled. Separate them with wax paper to prevent sticking and try not to leave too much air in the bag when you close it. Defrost frozen waffles for 10 minutes and heat in oven set at 300 degrees for 5 minutes. If your toaster has big enough slots, use the medium-low setting after the waffles are defrosted. If intentionally cooking waffles to be frozen to serve later, cook them slightly less or at a lower setting to achieve an even fresher taste and texture when reheated.