This buttermilk waffles recipe is perfect for beginner bakers to make for their families. Kids will love having a big double batch of batter to make homemade freezer waffles for busy school mornings.
The great debate every weekend in our family is: Pancakes or Waffles??
We each have our favorite breakfast recipes that we rotate through but these easy buttermilk waffles come up a lot more frequently than most.
The last time I made them, I had just finished making the homemade blackberry jam and I knew I just HAD to have them on the fresh waffles with a smattering of fresh blackberries on top. It was everything I hoped it would be.
I was so hungry that morning, we sat down to enjoy our waffles before I had finished griddling up the entire batch of batter. When breakfast was over, I headed back to the waffle iron to finish off the remaining waffles for breakfast leftovers the next day. The Peanut offered to finish up for me and had so much fun moving the waffles from griddle to oven tray.
Can kids really make these buttermilk waffles?
The girls have been making homemade waffles for us for a while now. I included our favorite spiced pumpkin waffles recipe in The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook. (Get your copy here!) It has been one of our readers' favorites from the book and has full instructions for how to make the waffles for the very beginner bakers out there.
This waffle recipe might be even a little bit easier because it doesn't involve the pureed pumpkin. Kids can definitely do this on their own as long as you show them how to work your waffle iron and provide long-handled tongs for moving the waffles through.
Can you freeze buttermilk waffles?
I usually make a big double batch of batter because our family LOVES leftover waffles during the week. I store them in single layers between waxed paper and we just pop them in the toaster to heat through. One or two light rounds of toasting and the buttermilk waffles come out crisp and fresh, almost more delicious than the first day we make them if that is even possible!
But if your kids get tired of having waffles every day, you can absolutely freeze these waffles for another day. Just be sure to keep the waxed paper between them so they don't stick together. It may require another round of toasting to make sure they are heated all the way through. Don't try to microwave them, or they will lose their delicious texture.
Delicious ideas for things to top your homemade buttermilk waffles:
Our favorite part of this homemade waffles recipe is that you can top it with all different kinds of flavored syrups or spreads and completely change the experience. It's a perfect base vanilla waffles recipe to top with any of these ideas:
- Blackberry freezer jam and fresh blackberries on top
- Strawberry freezer jam and a sprinkle of chocolate chips
- Peach vanilla bean freezer jam and whipped cream
- Maple syrup and chopped pecans
- A spread of Nutella and fresh sliced strawberries
- A spread of almond butter and fresh blueberries
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The very best buttermilk waffles to make with your kids:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp pie spice
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cooking spray for waffle iron
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Place a large cookie sheet in the oven to warm up.
Preheat your waffle iron and set the cooking spray and a pair of tongs nearby.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pie spice, and salt.
Place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt on high for 20 - 30 seconds. Set next to the mixing bowl and let it cool slightly while you measure the next few ingredients.
In a large measuring cup, measure the buttermilk. Crack the eggs into the cup. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk the wet ingredients together until smooth.
Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together. Batter will be slightly lumpy but there should be no dry pockets of flour. Then, slowly drizzle in the melted butter while whisking the batter constantly. This will help prevent the warm butter from cooking the raw eggs in the batter.
Spray your waffle iron with a light coat of cooking spray and then pour the batter into your waffle wells according to the instructions for your machine. For our 4-waffle iron, we use a ⅓ cup measuring cup to scoop batter into each waffle well. Cook the waffles for 3 - 6 minutes, depending on your iron. Waffles should be golden brown.
Use the tongs to transfer the waffles to a clean plate and then transfer them from the plate to the cookie sheet in your oven. Keeping the waffles in a single layer in the oven while you cook the remaining batch will help ensure the waffles are crispy and warm when you serve them family-style.
To bake make-ahead waffles: You can cook all the waffles in batches in your waffle iron. Let them cool completely and then wrap them in layers of wax paper in an airtight baggie. Keep in your fridge for 3 - 5 days and reheat in the toaster to make them crispy.
To freeze the waffles: Wrap in single layers with wax paper and store them in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for 3 months. Let thaw overnight before reheating or allow extra time in the toaster to heat them through.
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