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The Best Waffles Ever

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The Best Waffles Ever  Recipe The Best Waffles Ever  Recipe

Charles Hambrick of Alexandria, Va. called one day awhile ago to talk to us about a baking problem he was having. As happens so often, we got talking about baking in general, and some of our favorite recipes. Charles swears this waffle recipe, which is served at one of Washington, D.C.'s famous hotels, is the best he's ever tasted. We made it, and we have to agree. Waffles are soft and light on the inside, crisp on the outside. They're particularly good made in a Belgian waffle iron. Thanks, Charles!

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
5 to 7 waffles, depending on size
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature; separated
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for added crispness; optional, but good
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 teaspoons yellow cornmeal or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • *Thanks to reader feedback, we've decreased the salt in the recipe from its original 1/2 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon.

Instructions

  1. Grease and preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks, buttermilk, butter and oil until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift or whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Don't beat the batter; it's unnecessary, and will make for tougher waffles.
  5. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold them into the batter.
  6. Bake the waffles according to your waffle iron's instructions. To keep finished waffles crisp as you continue baking, place them in a preheated 200°F oven, directly on the rack.
  7. Yield: about 5 large (7") Belgian waffles; or 7 medium (5") square American-style waffles.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 waffle (95g)
  • Servings Per Batch 7
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 180
  • Calories from Fat 90
  • Total Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 3.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 65mg
  • Sodium 310mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 18g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 6g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.