Happy National Waffles Day! Today I’m sharing the best waffle recipe for classic pile’m high waffles: Yogurt Vanilla Bean Waffles. These homemade waffles are always a hit and make a fabulous platform for all the toppings you can handle.
Alright, alright, alright…
When you say “best” there’s always someone close by to disagree with you.
So let me clarify. This is MY best waffle recipe for traditional homemade waffles. However, the word traditional might raise alarm as well, since I’ve added a hefty dose of greek yogurt to the batter.
So let’s get down to what’s important…
These homemade waffles are amazing and you should make them.
With a tangy note from the yogurt and a deep vanilla essence from a fresh vanilla bean, these slightly sweet waffles need no toppings whatsoever, but can stand up to the widest array of toppings around.
Not only is the flavor on spot, the texture is deeply alluring! With a crisp outer crust and a moist airy almost custard-like interior, I can think of no other waffle I’d rather serve at a waffle bar party!
What’s that? Never heard of a waffle bar?
Well, you have come to the right place for National Waffle Day because I’m going to break it down.
A waffle bar party is any party where the main attraction is a waffle maker, a big bowl of waffle batter, and a line of fresh toppings. This works particularly well for showers and brunches, but who’s to say you couldn’t throw an impromptu waffle bar party tonight for National Waffle Day.
I mean you do have the best waffle recipe at your fingertips…
The main things to remember when making homemade waffles are:
- Make sure your waffle iron is piping hot.
- Cook until the majority of the steam escapes.
- Use thin batter. (Seltzer water helps make the waffles light and airy, but crisp.)
- Never ever stack waffles on a plate. (I only did it for photography purposes.) Stacked waffles lose their crunch-factor. Always keep a warming draw or warm oven ready to hold the waffles until time to serve.
Once your hot crispy homemade waffles are ready, pile them high with syrup, yogurt, berries, nuts, granola… the possibilities are endless.
However, I do suggest taking a bite of a naked waffle, just so you know what you’re dealing with. Waffle perfection is hard to define.
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Best Waffle Recipe
Yield: 5-6 large waffles
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:4 minutes
Crispy Yogurt Vanilla Bean Waffles, a marvelous platform for toppings!
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tb. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cup seltzer water
- Preheat the waffle maker and preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut the vanilla bean down the middle lengthwise, and scrape out the seed paste.
- Add the vanilla bean paste, eggs, oil, and yogurt to the bowl. Whisk well, then whisk in the seltzer water to thin out the batter.
- Pour the batter into the waffle maker. Use enough batter to fill the griddle sections, without overflowing. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the majority of the steam has stopped pouring out of the waffle maker. Then check the waffle for a golden brown color.
- As the waffles come out of the waffle maker, place them directly on the warm oven racks, so they stay crisp. Serve with maple syrup, or lots of toppings waffle-bar style!
Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!
Disclosure: The giveaway in this post is provided by KitchenAid. All opinions are my own.