The Best Belgian Waffles

Big Tex, mascot of the State Fair of Texas (Da...

Big Tex loves Belgian Waffles!

. . . are found at the State Fair of Texas, but since I am in Virginia, I have to make my own. I found this recipe handwritten on a half sheet of paper, so who knows where it came from. If it’s yours, let me know and I will give you credit!

(Federally mandated disclaimer: I have received no remuneration, graft, payolla, kickback, cash, tickets to the World Cup, promises of “favors,” job offers at Old Dominion University, any NCAA policy violating gift of any sort, nothing – for mentioning and/or offering my opinion about any product on this blog. But I am always open to discuss those options…)


1 1/4 cup general all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup sugar

pinch o’ salt

4 egg yolks

1 1/2 cup milk (I use 2%)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 egg whites


Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a different bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks.

Add the milk, vanilla and melted butter to the egg yolks. Stir until mixed.

Carefully incorporate the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix until it looks like a slightly lumpy batter.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until light and fluffy. (A mixer will do this quickly for you!)

Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter. Don’t go crazy, you want the little bubbles to stay bubbly!

Pour the batter onto a pre-heated waffle iron, following the waffle iron directions, whatever they may be. Depending on what model you have, it may take 4 – 8 minutes to finish cooking.

This recipe makes 8 standard-sized, Belgian waffles.

Some people put confectioner’s sugar on top of the waffles, others put on a fruit topping – all good.   Folks down in the Deep South tend to drop a hunk of fried chicken on top of their waffles – even better.  Us?  We stick with a little butter and pure maple syrup from the cold hinterlands – simplest is often the best!

Don’t have a good waffle iron, you say? Try the Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker (WAF-100.) I just received one as a gift from my favorite in-laws and our waffles turned out mu-cho exi-lan-tay.

This machine has an adjustable temperature control, a red/green light thermostat indicator and it beeps when the waffles are done. The hardest part about this whole evolution is sharing the waffles!

Belgian waffles, they’re what’s for breakfast…or dinner!


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