I’ve tried many waffle recipes over the years. Generally, most are either too sweet and dessert-like for my taste or they taste like nothing at all. Enter this recipe. What I’ve done here is use Thomas Keller’s recipe for Buttermilk Waffles and swapped out flours. I’ve done this for two reasons: nutrition and flavor. I appreciate that whole grains are so much better for my body than the stripped white flours but I also happen to love the toasty, nutty flavor of the entire grain.
These waffles are quick to stir up at a moment’s notice and they happen to freeze beautifully. I purposely make too many in order to freeze about half of the batch. When someone’s in the mood for waffles mid-week I take one or two out of the freezer and toast them until mid-deep golden color. They quickly pop back to crispy on the outside yet moist and tender in the middle. Soooo gooood.
My Favorite Waffles
Recipe Yield: 16-20 waffles, depending on your waffle maker’s size and shape
Preheat All-Clad Waffle Iron to setting 2 or 3. If you’re using a different waffle iron, preheat the iron to a medium-low heat setting.
In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients:
1 1/2 c. Standard Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 c. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Aluminum-Free Baking Powder, I use Rumford brand
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
In a separate, medium bowl mix:
8 Tbsp. (4 oz.) Butter, melted
3 c. Buttermilk, cold
I usually melt the butter in a heat-safe bowl and quickly whisk in the cold buttermilk. This disperses the butter as well as cools down the mixture to at least room temp so I can add the…
Whisk this together until it’s all generally homogeneous.
Pour the wet mix over the dry mix and stir it all together with a rubber scraper. Set this to the side.
As the waffle iron should now be hot, brush the grids with butter. (A silicone basting brush dipped in room temp butter is perfect for this.) Scoop a slightly heaping 1/3 cup of waffle batter into each of the prepared All-Clad waffle iron plates. If you’re using a different waffle iron, go by your manufacturer’s suggestions.
Close the lid and wait until the waffle maker beeps… or flashes… or does whatever your iron does to alert you that the waffles are done. 😉 Remove the waffles from the iron carefully as they are steaming!!
These waffles are tasty enough to snitch on their own but also pair nicely with toppings traditional or creative, sweet or savory.