Light and Crispy Waffles

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When we made these simple waffles from Pam Anderson's cookbook CookSmart, their rich buttermilk flavor and crisp yet light texture won over even longtime fans of yeast-based waffles. The recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled. Just don't stack the waffles — they'll become moist and limp. If necessary, re-crisp the waffles directly on a rack in a 200°F oven.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Yield:
Makes about seven 3 3/4-inch-square waffles

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • 1 large egg, separated

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a glass measuring cup, blend the buttermilk, vegetable oil, and milk. Beat in the egg yolk.

  2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg white to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar and beat until firm and glossy. Beat in the vanilla.

  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just blended. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the beaten egg white until just incorporated.

  4. Preheat an 8-inch square waffle iron and oil it lightly. Pour about 1 1/2 cups of the waffle batter into the preheated waffle iron and gently smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake for 4 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Transfer the waffles to the oven to keep warm and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve at once with maple syrup.

    Waffles with butter and maple syrup
    Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
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