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Best Homemade Belgian Waffles Recipe from Scratch

Best Belgian Waffles Recipe! Crispy exterior yet light and fluffy on the inside, these waffles are easily made from scratch without yeast.

a baking sheet full of best Belgian waffles and maple syrup.

Weekend mornings need to begin with hot pancakes or waffles. My children tend to gravitate towards waffles more often. Can ya blame them? Waffles without eggs , Oatmeal Waffles, Blueberry Waffles, Healthy waffles or Pumpkin waffles —> are all family favorites.

Authentic Belgian waffles

Originating in Belgium, these are a slight variation to the classic waffles. They are light and have deeper pockets due to the special waffle maker. They are originally leavened with yeast, but more modern versions are made with eggs and baking powder is often used for leavening. The two main types of Belgian waffles are Brussels waffles and Liege Waffles.

Brussels waffles are lighter, crispier and have more deep pockets, whereas Liege waffles are chewier, denser and noticeably sweeter with chunks of pearl sugar and enjoyed with vanilla or cinnamon on the streets of Belgium.

Belgian waffles vs Regular waffles

Classic Belgian waffles have deeper pockets than American waffles, because they are made with a waffle iron that has deeper grids, which makes them great for holding jam, butter and pools of maple syrup.
The batter is made differently than regular buttermilk waffles, often with a leavening agent or egg whites which gives them a light and fluffy texture. This recipe for homemade Belgian waffles are made much like the Brussels variety.

Best Belgian Waffles recipe is:

  • Light
  • Fluffy
  • Crispy
  • Easy
  • Freezer friendly
  • D-E-L-I-C-O-U-S

If you do not own a waffle maker or just prefer pancakes, here are some delicious recipes: Almond Butter Pancakes, Eggless Pancakes, Sheet Pan Pancakes and Blueberry Pancake muffins.

Ingredients:

Basic pantry ingredients: All purpose flour, Sugar, Baking powder, Eggs, Butter (these waffles are made without vegetable oil) and Milk. Nothing fancy!

How to make Belgian waffles?

(We have included step-by-step photos to see how easy it is to make Belgian waffle batter )

Whisk all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in one large bowl. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside. Mix egg yolks, melted butter and milk together.

Pour into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in beaten egg whites. Make waffles in a pre heated waffle maker according to the instructions.

hot Belgian waffles on a waffle iron.

Expert tips:

Color – Cook waffles until they get a deep golden brown for GUARANTEED CRISPNESS! It took 6 to 7 minutes in my waffle iron.

Don’t over mix – As with all baking recipes, DO NO OVER MIX the batter

Milk – Whole milk if possible

Make sure the waffle iron is pre heated before pouring the batter.

Grease the waffle iron – This ensures that the waffles does not stick to the iron. I like to spray mine with non-stick cooking spray.

Pancake batter will NOT work as a replacement for these waffles.

Can these be made in a regular waffle iron? Absolutely! The waffles tend to be a touch more flat without the iconic deep pockets but still crispy and fluffy.

Why are my waffles not crispy? There could be two possible reasons – Waffle iron not hot enough or the batter is much thicker than it is supposed to be (mix in few tablespoons of water to dilute the batter slightly).

Serving suggestions:

Waffles are best served warm for breakfast with a dab of softened salted butter, warm maple syrup and fresh berries.

If you love a savory breakfast, then serve with Scrambled eggs / Sausage / Bacon / Baked beans / Fried chicken.

Served as dessert – Dust crispy Belgian waffles with powdered sugar and top with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries.

Other waffle toppings can include sliced bananas, chopped toasted almonds, sweetened whipped cream, Nutella, Peanut butter and jelly, Almond butter or honey.

How to keep homemade Belgian waffles warm?

Place cooked waffles on a wire rack lined baking sheet and keep in a 200° F oven, until serving time. The wire rack will ensure air circulation around the waffles, maintaining the crispness.

How to freeze leftover Waffles?

I usually make a double batch of this recipe, place cooled crispy Belgian waffles in a ziplock bag and freeze for several weeks. My favorite way to re heat them is to pop one or two in a bread toaster, until hot and crisp. Great for weekday mornings!

Reheating instructions:

Toaster method – Pop one or two frozen waffles in a bread toaster for a few minutes, until thawed and hot.

Oven method – Place frozen waffles (placed directly on the oven rack in a single layer) in a preheated 275°F oven for 9 to 12 minutes.

Microwave method – Microwave one or two for about a minute or until hot.

We highly recommend using the bread toaster (my favorite!) or oven to re heat waffles which will make them crispy. Microwave tends to make them very soft.

Belgian waffles from scratch topped with butter and fruits.

More no cook breakfast recipes: Pina Colada Smoothie, Black Forest Smoothie, Mango Milk, Chocolate Banana Smoothie, Almond Butter Overnight Oats or No Bake Almond Butter Bar

More healthy breakfast recipes: Almond Flour Cake, Air Fryer French Toast, Air Fryer Baked Apples, Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Baked Oatmeal Cups, Breakfast Cookies, Instant Pot Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Baked Oatmeal or Whole Wheat Chocolate Avocado Muffins.

Frequently asked questions:

Can you make Belgian waffles in a regular waffle maker?

Belgian waffle maker has deeper grids when compared to the standard American waffle maker, which gives them the iconic deep pockets. But, any regular waffle maker may be used to make great waffles.

Are Belgian Waffles square or round?

They are made either square or round but are usually about an inch in height with deep pockets.

How do you eat Belgian waffles?

They are topped with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate, fresh fruits and generally eaten with knife and fork. We like to serve them with maple syrup and chopped fresh berries.

2 black plates with crispy Belgian Waffles with forks.

More Waffles:

Blueberry Waffles

Banana Waffles

Easy Waffle Recipe No Egg

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

Churro Waffles

Yield: 12 Waffles

Best Homemade Belgian Waffles Recipe from Scratch

homemade Belgian waffles on a black plate topped with berries.

One of the Best Belgian Waffles Recipe! Crispy exterior yet light and fluffy on the inside, these easy Belgian waffles are made without yeast. 

Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes

Ingredients

For serving

Items used

Instructions

  1. Pre heat waffle iron.
  2. Mix first 4 ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Add egg whites in a medium bowl and beat with a hand held electric beater, until thick peaks form, set aside.
  4. In a seperate medium bowl, add egg yolks, milk and melted butter, beat with the same electric beater (on the lowest setting), until lightly foamy. Pour into the flour mixture and mix until almost combined (don't over mix).
  5. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the egg whites (don't over mix).
  6. Make waffles according to manufactures instructions, until deep golden brown (it took about 6 minutes in my waffle iron).


Serve waffles hot with maple syrup and fresh berries.

Notes

Keep waffles warm -Place cooked waffles on a wire rack lined baking sheet and keep in a 200° F oven, until serving time. The wire rack will ensure air circulation around the waffles, maintaining the crispness.

Color – Cook waffles until they get a deep golden brown for GUARANTEED CRISPNESS! It took 6 to 7 minutes in my waffle iron

Don’t over mix – As with all baking recipes, DO NO OVER MIX the batter

Milk – Whole milk if possible

Freeze leftovers - Place cooled waffles in a ziplock bag and freeze for several weeks.

Reheat frozen waffles - My favorite way to re heat them is to pop one or two waffles in a bread toaster, until hot and crisp.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

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