Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk Waffles
Recipe and Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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These buttermilk waffles make a delicious breakfast treat with butter and your family's favorite syrup. top the waffles with sliced bananas or berries.

Waffles can easily be made ahead and frozen, making them convenient for back-to-school breakfasts and busy days. See the tips and variations below the recipe for freezing and cooking tips, along with some possible batter additions.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Oil (for waffle iron)

How to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir to blend.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Stir the melted butter into the egg mixture.
  3. Pour the egg and buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients; stir until  well combined, but don't overmix.
  4. If necessary, add more milk to make the batter thin enough to flow.
  5. Follow the manufacturer's directions for oiling, measuring batter, and cooking the waffles.
  1. Don't lift the lid until the waffles are done. If your waffle iron lacks a timer, watch the steam. The waffles are done when the steam stops.

Makes about ten 5-inch waffles.


  • Buttermilk Substitute Measure 2 cups of milk. Remove 2 tablespoons of the milk and replace it with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Let the milk stand for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it curdles.
  • How to Make Your Waffles Fluffier Separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the batter just before cooking.
  • How to Keep Waffles Warm To keep waffles warm, keep them in a preheated 200 F oven while you make subsequent batches.
  • Waffle Gift Mix Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well. Put the mixture in a canning jar with a note listing the additional ingredients needed along with preparation and cooking instructions.
  • How to Freeze Waffles Cook the waffles and then let them cool completely. Arrange the waffles in a single layer on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place the pan of waffles in the freezer and freeze until firm. Transfer the frozen waffles to plastic zip-close freezer bags, removing as much air as possible. Freeze the waffles for up to 3 months.
  • How to Reheat Frozen Waffles To reheat frozen waffles, preheat the oven to 350 F and bake the waffles for about 5 to 10 minutes. Or reheat individual waffles in the toaster oven or toaster.


  • Spread the waffle batter in the waffle iron and sprinkle with pecan halves just before closing the lid.
  • Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of vanilla to the waffle batter.
  • Add fresh chopped fruit or berries to waffle batter.

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