Make basic waffles that cost less and taste great with minimal effort with this recipe. This recipe uses basic ingredients and makes just enough for two. Before I tested this recipe, I used a typical store brand “complete pancake & waffle mix”. In a word, the waffles came out fine. The mix ingredients were straight forward and I didn’t see any preservatives listed on the box. However, I kept thinking about the vegetable oil used to prepare them. Since vegetable oil doesn’t impart flavor I wanted a recipe that used butter. So, I read my waffle maker manual and adapted Oster’s “Quick Waffles” recipe, to create mine. This post may contain affiliate links to Amazon or other programs. I do earn a small commission from the sales made through these links; however your price never changes.
Let it rest
Let the waffle batter take a break after mixing, because the gluten in the batter will relax and it will yield more tender waffles as a result. This recipe doesn’t use baking soda, so your waffles will still keep the rising power after resting. In the meantime, you can brew a cup of coffee, or steep some tea and pull out some syrup.
Master your waffle maker
Read the entire manual on your waffle maker. I know. It is a pain. I have been totally guilty of skipping instructions on kitchen toys, but more often than not, it might mean missing out on important information. For example, I bought a mini food processor. I unboxed it, washed it, dried it and then admired it on my counter top. The next day, I read part of the manual. In fact, only the good part, where it tells me all the things it can do with the dull and sharp blades. What? Two blades?! Certainly, I did not unpack or wash two blades. I sulked for 24 hours, imagining the second blade resting in the local landfill. Consequently, if I had read the instructions fully the first time, I would have known it was one reversible blade. All in all, instructions will tell you everything you need to know.
My waffle maker doesn’t have a timer. Essentially, waffles are cooked when steam no longer escapes from the machine. If you want your waffles a little darker, let it cook a little longer. Although, I set my machine to the highest temperature, and I haven’t burned any batches, you might have a different experience.
Ingredients and tools
Here are some tools and wares I used in creating this recipe. This post may contain affiliate links to Amazon or other programs. I do earn a small commission from the sales made through these links; however your price never changes.
- ¾ cup flour, all-purpose
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 each egg
- ¾ cup milk, 2% lowfat
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt butter and set aside.
- Place flour into a medium size mixing bowl.
- Add baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well.
- Crack an egg into a separate small bowl and lightly scramble.
- Add milk and scrambled egg to the flour mixture.
- Add vanilla extract and melted butter.
- Stir to just combine. Batter may be slightly lumpy.
- Heat waffle maker and allow batter to rest for 5 minutes.
- Pour half the batter into the waffle maker, about ¾ cup for a 7 inch waffle.
- Spread batter across the entire grid. Close waffle maker and allow to bake until steam no longer escapes.
- Remove waffle when done. Allow waffle maker to reach temperature before making second waffle.