Easy Yeast Waffles Recipe

There's something about the weekend. It's not that the school or work week is over, it's not the chance (or hope!) of a sleep-in... it's the breakfast that follows. There is no relief from homework or housework but the weekend allows my family to sit down to a meal that lacks the rush to the car door. There's no pressure to move and that lazy half hour where we chat and sit/lie around like the grazing herd that we were born to be is my ultimate family goal. I may not get to 'rest' on my weekends in the conventional sense but I do get to treat my kids and myself to something different than cereal and toast and we all enjoy each others company a little more.

We usually do pancakes on Sundays, but that became a bit too stiff and routine after awhile, and so I decided to make up some waffles instead. This was a bit of a learning curve. Apparently you can't just buy a waffle iron and cook them up like pancakes. Ensuring that crispy outer and floaty, bready inner was my goal and then I realised that baking powder alone was not going to satisfy my needs. And the $15 waffle iron from Target really wasn't the best investment considering it doesn't want to crisp up anything. Nonetheless, I've perservered and crafted a recipe that gives me what I want, even if I do need to flip the waffle iron on its back to ensure it's cooked through.

Depending on the size and wattage of your iron, you may have faster results than I. Make sure you rest the yeasty flour mixture properly in a warm place. It's winter in Australia right now so I tend to warm my oven to 50oC, then turn it off and let the mixture sit in there while it cools down. I don't use instant yeast satchets so it doesn't need to be activated as such, but I still proof it a little just in case. If your yeast does need to be proofed then make sure you leave it in the milk mixture for a few more minutes until you see the top begin to bubble slightly.

Much like pancakes, the best part about waffles is the toppings! Messy fun is the best way to put it and you can't go wrong with berries or melted chocolate. So have at thee, enjoy and let me know how this recipe fared for you!

Easy Yeast Waffles

Serves 4-6
Time: 2hrs
20 mins preparation
45mins resting time
25 mins cooking


120g butter, cubed
2 ½ cups milk
1 tbsp white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp cooking salt
2 cups plain flour
¾ cup wholemeal plain flour
2 ½ tsp dried active yeast
½ tsp bi-carb soda

1.       In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, gently stir the butter, sugar and milk until the butter has just melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

2.       In a large bowl, sift the flours and bi-carb soda twice.

3.       Check the milk temperature. If it is lukewarm or room temperature, add the yeast and stir gently. DO NOT ADD YEAST TO HOT OR COLD MILK. Allow to sit for two minutes.

4.       Slowly beat the milk mixture into the flour mixture, a little at a time, until completely combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or a thick folded dish towel and put in a warm, dark place to rise for 45 minutes.

5.       In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and salt with a hand or bench mixer until mixture is light, fluffy and full of volume (roughly 5-7 minutes).

6.       Heat your waffle iron and grease with a little butter or spray oil (butter is preferable). Gently whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture.

7.       Depending on the size of your waffle iron, use a half cup measuring utensil or small ladle to fill the waffle iron until ¾ full. The mixture will expand slightly. Cook through until browned.

8.       Serve with your favourite toppings! I’d suggest berries, syrup, bananas, whipped cream and lots of butter!



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