When it comes to breakfast foods, waffles are often perceived as being more difficult to make than pancakes are. As a result, I find plenty of people who make pancakes on a regular basis, while saving waffles for “special occasions.” There is nothing wrong with serving up waffles on a special occasion (birthday waffles? yes, please!), but you don’t have to wait to enjoy them. These One-Bowl Vanilla Waffles are easy to mix up and can be a fantastic everyday breakfast option, as well as a “special occasion” treat.
The waffles are mixed up in just one bowl by first combining the dry ingredients and then adding the wet ingredients to the dry mix. I added melted butter last (vegetable oil can be substituted, but butter makes for a tastier waffle) because adding the fat last helps to tenderize the batter, yielding fluffier waffles. The waffles are flavored with a generous dose of vanilla extract. Vanilla bean paste can be substituted to get those little flecks of vanilla in the waffles, giving the waffles a slightly fancier look. Once they’re cooked, the waffles are crisp on the outside and fluffy inside, with just the right balance of butter and vanilla in each bite.
I serve these up with a little bit of butter and plenty of maple syrup, which is my favorite way to enjoy waffles. Feel free to pile the up with fresh fruit or even turn them into an ice cream sundae by adding vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. There is no wrong way to eat them – though I do recommend that you eat them as soon as they come off the waffle iron, when they are at their peak.
I used a Belgian-style waffle make to make my waffles. Belgian-style waffles have deeper pockets and tend to be a little crispier than their flatter counterparts, but both styles will be equally tasty when served. You’ll get one more waffle out of this recipe with a traditional iron, as Belgian-style waffles tend to need a little bit more batter. I currently recommend the Flip-Side Waffle Iron, which delivers excellent results and is very easy to use, but any well-greased waffle iron can be used with this recipe.
One-Bowl Vanilla Waffles
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk (pref. whole)
3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in eggs, buttermilk, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until batter comes together, then pour in melted butter and whisk until batter is uniform.
Preheat waffle iron as directed by the manufacturer. Grease waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray or melted butter, then spoon batter (approx 3/4
– 1 cup, depending on the size of your iron) onto the waffle iron and cook as directed, approximately 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.
Makes 3-4 waffles