Funfetti Belgian Waffles

Funfetti Belgian Waffles
Funfetti cakes are always crowd-pleasers, whether the people eating them are 5 or 95. The colorful cakes convey a sense of fun that few other cakes do  - and they’re delicious, as well. Cakes aren’t the only baked goods that you can add some edible confetti to. These Funfetti Belgian Waffles allow you to bring some of that fun into breakfast by adding rainbow sprinkles to a vanilla Belgian waffle batter. 

The waffle batter itself is easy to make. Unlike some waffle batters that call for folding in beaten egg whites, this one has a bit of cornstarch added to the batter to ensure that the waffles turn out fluffy and tender. The waffles use plenty of buttermilk and a generous dose of vanilla extract to give them a warm, vanilla flavor that is reminiscent of funfetti cakes. Unlike the cakes that inspired them, these waffles are not very sweet on their own and only include a small amount of sugar to help highlight the vanilla flavor and encourage the waffles to brown evenly during cooking. Since waffles are typically served with syrup, fruit or powdered sugar, you don’t need too much extra sugar in the batter to make them taste fantastic.

For best results, waffles have to be made shortly before serving them. This means that you’re going to need to spend a bit of extra time in your kitchen getting waffles ready before sitting down to breakfast with friends and family. Fortunately, people seem to love watch waffles being made. There is something hypnotic about the steam that comes out of a waffle maker while it is working – and the reveal of a perfect waffle once the machine is opened is sure to put a smile on the faces of hungry brunch guests. It doesn’t all need to be done at the last minute, however. These waffles can be kept warm in a 250F oven for at least 15 minutes (perhaps a big longer) before serving, so you will be able to serve all your waffles at once, even if they need to be made in batches.

A batch of freshly made waffles can always turn any breakfast or brunch into a memorable occasion and that is especially true of these waffles. Don’t forget to put out some extra sprinkles when you serve these!

Funfetti Belgian Waffles

Funfetti Belgian Waffles
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour buttermilk mixture in. Whisk or stir until batter comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients are visible. Fold in rainbow sprinkles until evenly distributed. Do not overmix the sprinkles or their color may bleed into the batter.
Preheat Belgian waffle iron until very hot. Grease lightly with melted butter or cooking spray. Pour about 1 cup of batter (more or less, depending on your iron) into your waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions until deep golden on both sides (about 4 minutes in my iron).
Serve immediately, or place in a 250F oven to keep warm while you finish making the the rest of the batch of waffles.

Makes 4 large waffles.

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