Light and Crispy Waffles

I woke up with a craving for Belgian waffles. It probably had to do with the fact that they were giving away free samples yesterday when I was shopping at Costco. Granted, their waffles were served with “pancake syrup” (which is really just flavored corn syrup) instead of maple, but they were very tasty. Crispy, crunchy and light.

My first thought was to use a recipe for Belgian Waffles that I’ve made before, but I didn’t have any cake flour and I make it a general rule not to run to the market before 6am – mostly because I prefer to lounge in my pjs for a while. I remembered the very catchily-named Waffles of Insane Greatness from the last round of DMBLGiT and looked up the recipe; I already knew that they would be good.

I changed the ingredients around a bit, though. I made the batter thicker and added a bit more leavening. They turned out to be fantastic: crispy, crunchy and light. The waffles were barely sweet, but this made them the perfect foil for maple syrup (not pancake syrup) and I imagine that they’d be wonderful with powdered sugar, too. The berries I added on top were from a 2.25-lb box from Costco and are now mostly gone – just like the rest of the waffles.
In my Belgian waffle iron, this only made three full waffles. It will probably make 4 in a regular iron, but double it if you want more than that.

Light and Crispy Waffles
(adapted from the Waffles of Insane Greatness)
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk (I used lowfat)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Whisk together until fully combined.
Let batter rest for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.
Preheat your waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions (the oil in the waffles should eliminate the need to grease the iron).
Serve immediately with syrup, butter and/or berries.

11 comments

  1. are they very crunchy and crispy like those waffles that are topped with ice-cream? Mandy

  2. Absolutely wonderful! Keep up the great work…blog on :-)

    Sandra

  3. Yum! Waffles of insane greatness indeed! These look sensational and I’m sure they tasted utterly delicious too.

  4. I keep using waffle mixes, but I think I am now persuaded to make them from scratch. Your photo is certainly insanely great:)
    Thanks for the recipe–it looks easy and light. I could eat a box of those costco blueberries in one day.
    Julie

  5. that waffle really looks really crisp. Wow. Those blueberies really compliments. thanks for sharing

  6. hereandthere123

    Glad to see you trying the recipe that gained my blog the placement in your listing.

    I’ll have to try your improvements. Nice photo.

  7. Let me just tell you! I have been in a waffle mood for the last month or so…. I have my favorite breakfast place that does a Banana Split Waffle and I crave it daily… but I only eat it maybe every other weekend or so… It is a Belgian waffle, with chopped banana and macerated strawberries on top with whipped cream all around and a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top… nuts optional. Doesn’t that sound DEVINE!! I have tried going other places or creating my own and it is just not as good as this place! These sound yummy though I might have to try another attempt!

  8. The Cookbook Junkie

    I’ve got to get a waffle maker.

  9. YUM! tried this recipe over the weekend — we used a regular waffle iron — they were the best! thanx!

  10. Found your blog while searching for waffles recipes. Tried this recipe last week using a Scandinavian waffle iron and it turned out great! Will be trying out the choc waffle next ;-)

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