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With this Belgian Waffle recipe, you can count on feather light waffles that are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. With the make ahead batter, you’ll have fresh waffles in minutes for up to 3 days (or freeze the cooked waffles to toast later)!

pouring syrup over belgian waffles

I had never heard of using yeast in waffle batter until I happened upon the raised waffle recipe in my trusted Fannie Farmer Cookbook (originally published in 1896!). Honestly, most of the waffles I’d eaten were either at a restaurant or made with a store-bought mix. I didn’t realize how simple and incredibly wonderful waffles could be.

The Secret to Light, Crispy Waffles

I’ve seen several recipes that call for whipping the egg whites separately to stiff peaks for fluffy Belgian waffles and I’m here to promise you that yeasted waffles are better and so much easier. The active yeast in the batter makes the waffles so light and crisp that they melt in your mouth.

One of those convenient, make-ahead breakfast recipes, not only can you make batter from this Belgian waffle recipe ahead of time, it will keep beautifully in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or you can do what I do and cook all of the batter at once and freeze the waffles to heat in the toaster. So convenient and they taste almost as if they were fluffy waffles straight out of the waffle maker.

Belgian Waffle FAQs

What is the difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle?

Belgian waffle irons are traditionally round (though you can find them as squares or rectangles) and have deep grid pattens that create lighter, crisper waffles with deeper pockets for toppings like maple syrup (or Blackberry Syrup) and butter. Classic American waffle irons have a shallow grid pattern and make waffles that are thinner, and often denser and less crisp compared to Belgian style waffles.

Can you freeze Belgian waffles?

Yes you can and you should because you can reheat them in the toaster!

How to freeze and reheat waffles?

Once you’ve cooked your homemade waffles, gently tear them into triangles (or squares, depending on the shape of your waffle iron) and transfer to a cooling rack in a single layer. Allow to cool completely before placing in an airtight freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag. When ready to eat, put frozen waffles directly into the toaster (no need thaw) and toast on medium-low until hot. (They are delicate, so keep an eye on them as they toast to prevent burning.)

What to serve with Belgian waffles?

Serve homemade Belgian waffles with classic toppings like butter and maple syrup or sliced strawberries or blueberries and whipped cream. For a heartier breakfast or brunch, serve with bacon and/or Baked Eggs, Breakfast Frittata or alongside Sausage Quiche for a feast!

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How to Make Belgian Waffles

Step 1: In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand 5 minutes to dissolve. Whisk in milk, butter, salt, sugar, eggs and flour. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

belgian waffle batter steps one through four
belgian waffle batter steps five through eight

Step 2: When ready to bake waffles, preheat a Belgian waffle iron until very hot. Whisk baking soda into batter.

whisking baking soda into the yeasted batter

Step 3: Brush top and bottom grids with a high heat oil. Scoop batter into hot waffle iron and bake until crisp and golden. Repeat with remaining batter and serve.

brushing waffle iron with oil
pouring batter onto hot belgian waffle iron and finished waffle

Recipe Video

Belgian Waffle Recipe

5 from 17 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 1 day 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Belgian
Calories: 278
Servings: 8 waffles
Feather light, crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, these Belgian Waffles are the best waffles I know! Recipe adapted from Marion Cunningham's, The Fanny Farmer Cookbook.

Equipment

  • Belgian Waffle Iron

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons, or 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (see recipe note #1)
  • 2 cups warm whole milk or buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 272 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • avocado oil or other high heat vegetable oil for brushing hot waffle iron

Instructions 

  • Pour warm water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over. Let stand 5 minutes to dissolve.
  • Add milk, melted butter, salt, sugar and eggs; whisk until smooth. Whisk in flour until smooth (Or use a hand mixer – it's okay if a few small lumps remain.) Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you are ready to make waffles, preheat Belgian waffle iron. Whisk baking soda into batter.
  • Brush top and bottom grids of waffle iron with oil. Scoop 1/2 to 3/4 cup of batter into very hot waffle iron. Bake until crisp and golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter (see recipe note #3). Serve with butter and maple syrup if desired.

Notes

  1. If you use instant yeast skip step 1 and whisk the yeast and 1/2 cup of warm water into the other wet ingredients in step 2 and continue with recipe. 
  2. You’ll need a Belgian waffle maker to make these, here is my favorite one.
  3. Once you’ve made this batter, you can store it tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  4. If you’d like to have frozen waffles on hand, cook the waffles normally and transfer to cooling rack. When cool, tear into quarters (or whatever shape will fit in your waffle maker); transfer to freezer safe plastic bag and freeze. Toast on the lowest setting of your toaster, keeping an eye on them as they are delicate and burn easily.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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44 Comments

  1. Brittany says:

    5 stars
    This is an absolutely amazing recipe! I host a murder mystery game night every couple of months and always do some sort of food bar. This time I decided to make it a waffle bar and these were the star of the night! Everyone ranted and raved and has asked me for the recipe numerous times! Way to go! I plan on making them this weekend for my sisters graduation breakfast. Thanks for sharing !

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      aww…I love to hear this, Brittany! So glad these were such a hit!

  2. Emma says:

    5 stars
    Absolute perfection. My only complaint is that this recipe has now ruined all other waffles for me. The new gold standard of what a waffle should be. So, be careful if you make these as it will turn you into a waffle snob.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      aww, I love this, Emma! It sounds like you’re enjoying these as much as we do. Thanks so much for coming back to let me know!

  3. Mercy Cua says:

    5 stars
    I just got a waffle iron for Christmas and was looking for a recipe. Your description sounded like the exact waffle that I was looking for so this is the first recipe that I tried. It was perfect! Loved it! Thinking of adding some chocolate chips in the batter next! Thank you!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      My pleasure, Mercy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipe.

  4. Roberta Glaskin says:

    5 stars
    I wanted to add a different dish to my annual Christmas morning buffet and had decided that churro waffles were going to be that new addition. I had never even heard of churro waffles but in my mind I had pictured a light, fluffy and crisp Belgian waffle with a sugar and cinnamon topping. This recipe made exactly as written with the addition of the cinnamon/ sugar topping was simply amazing. I was very nervous I had prepared the batter about 2 hours ahead of time and added the baking soda when I was ready to make the as directed. The batter was super thin unlike any other waffle batter I had used so I was certain I had done something wrong, but when I cooked the first waffle I knew everything was perfect. The waffle in itself was spectacular but after brushing the cooked waffle with melted butter and dipping it into the cinnamon sugar it was nirvana .
    This recipe will be in the Christmas rotation every year and will also be enjoyed throughout the yea

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I love to hear this, Roberta! So glad you enjoyed these and the cinnamon sugar dip sounds amazing.

  5. Ms. Mei says:

    5 stars
    I prepared his recipe today for a brunch gathering. At first, I was a bit skeptical because the batter was kind of watery (I followed the instructions to a “T”) rather than having a thicker consistency. I preheated my Belgian waffle maker and poured the batter and it puffed up, had a light, airy, crispy on the outside but moist in the inside consistency! This was perfection! Everyone loved it and had me make another batch for people to take home and freeze. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I’m so happy the waffles were a hit, Ms. Mei! Sweet of you to come back and let me know.