The best waffle recipe yields waffles that are golden on the outside and airy on the inside. While the batter requires no mixer or special equipment, you will need a waffle maker to brand the waffles with the expected honeycomb pattern. Those grooves are more than just visual; they hold the butter, syrup, and other toppers that make waffles so wonderful. Read on to learn how to make waffles the right way.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1-¾ cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1 Tbsp. baking powder, and ¼ tsp. salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.
In another medium bowl beat 2 eggs lightly, then stir in 1-¾ cups milk, ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture, and stir just until moistened (batter should be just slightly lumpy).
Add batter to a preheated, lightly greased waffle baker. Pro tip: Add batter to the center of the baker and don't fill the grids completely -- the batter will spread to the edges when the lid is shut. Close lid quickly; do not open until done. Bake according to manufacturer's directions.
When the waffles are done, you should be able to easily lift them off the grid with the tines of a fork. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm.
Buttermilk Waffles Prepare as directed, except reduce baking powder to 1 tsp. and add ½ tsp. baking soda. Substitute 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk for the milk.
Cornmeal Waffles Prepare as directed, except decrease flour to 1 cup and add 1 cup cornmeal to the flour mixture.
Gingerbread Waffles Prepare as directed, except increase flour to 2 cups and omit the sugar. Add ½ tsp. ground ginger, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, and ¼ tsp. ground cloves to the flour mixture. Add 2 Tbsp. molasses to the egg mixture.
Chocolate Waffles Prepare as directed, except decrease flour to 1-½ cups, increase sugar to ¼ cup, and add ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture. Fold ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces into the batter. (You might need to lightly coat the waffle baker with nonstick cooking spray between each waffle to prevent sticking.)
Other Delectable Additions:
Fold one of the following into the batter: ½ cup raisins or finely snipped dried fruit; ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries; ½ cup finely chopped nuts (toasted if desired); ½ cup chopped banana; ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon; ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese; or ¼ cup shredded coconut.
Waffle Toppers Top cooked waffles with one of these tasty combos.