The Best Amish Waffle Recipe
Discover the joy of Fluffy Amish Waffles! This Homemade Waffle recipe uses just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen!
What makes these waffles stand out is their light and airy texture which is created by separating and beating the egg whites. Incorporating beaten egg whites helps to create the perfect blend of crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside textures.
This Amish recipe not only delivers the desired textures in waffles but also delights with an equally fantastic flavor. Their incredible taste has established them as a family favorite!
Waffles or Pancakes?
Waffles are similar to pancakes, and I love them both equally. However, the cool thing about waffles is the deep pockets that catch all the butter and syrup, or whatever you top them with. And I love their crispy exterior!
Cooking pancakes, however, doesn’t require any special tools – unlike waffles for which you need a waffle maker.
There is a difference in waffle irons though, and I recommend that you do a bit of research before purchasing one. A good waffle iron will result in superior waffles -thicker, with a crispier, more uniformly golden exterior and softer, fluffy interiors.
While this waffle batter will still yield excellent results with an inexpensive waffle iron, you'll probably notice a difference when using a high-quality one!
- Flour: Provides the main structure and bulk of the waffles.
- Sugar: Adds sweetness to the waffles, enhancing their flavor. It also contributes to browning during cooking.
- Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent, helping the waffles rise and become light and fluffy. It creates bubbles in the batter, making the waffles airy. (Using old baking powder may result in denser waffles.)
- Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the waffles.
- Eggs (Separated):
- Egg yolks: Add richness, moisture, and fat to the batter. They also contribute to the structure of the waffles.
- Egg whites: Whipped separately and folded into the batter, they provide additional leavening and contribute to a light and airy texture.
- Whole Milk: Adds moisture and contributes to the tenderness of the waffles. The fat content in whole milk also adds richness to the batter.
- Melted Butter: Introduces flavor and richness to the waffles. It contributes to a tender texture and adds a buttery taste.
The egg separation and whipped whites contribute to a light and fluffy consistency, while the other ingredients work together to create a delicious and well-structured waffle.
How to Make Waffles
This light, fluffy homemade waffle recipe is easy and takes just minutes to prepare.
- Separate the eggs, and whip the egg whites in a clean bowl until peaks form. (It takes approximately 2-3 minutes at medium-high to high speed.) Set aside.
- In a different bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, and melted butter. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
- Carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the batter to maintain the airy texture.
4. Pour or scoop the batter onto a lightly greased, preheated waffle iron, leaving some space around the edges for spreading.
5. Bake until the waffle is nicely browned and crispy.
Enjoy your delicious homemade waffles with your favorite toppings!
Homemade Amish waffles are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serve them as a main course or dessert.
There are numerous delicious toppings you can add to your waffles to enhance their flavor and create variety. (My personal favorite is hot waffles topped with fresh berries, whipped cream, and a drizzle of maple syrup.) I recommend trying different variations to see what your favorite is.
- Maple Syrup: A classic choice that adds sweetness and a rich, natural flavor. Unless you're making savory waffles, I always recommend maple syrup. 🙂
- Butter: Adds a rich and creamy flavor. Place a pat of soft butter over warm waffles and let it melt in for a classic touch.
- Fresh Fruits: Berries, sliced bananas, etc. add a burst of freshness and are often my choice of toppings for waffles.
- Whipped Cream: Light and fluffy, whipped cream complements the texture of waffles and adds a cloud of bliss. 🙂
- Nut Butter: Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter add a nutty richness.
- Chocolate Chips: For a sweet and indulgent touch, sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top.
- Nuts: Chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts provide a crunchy texture.
- Yogurt: Greek yogurt or flavored yogurt can add creaminess and a hint of tang.
- Honey or Fruit Syrup: Besides maple syrup, try honey or fruit syrups for a different flavor profile.
- Powdered Sugar: A dusting of powdered sugar adds a touch of sweetness and looks appealing.
- Ice Cream: For a sweet treat, top your waffles with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Or sandwich ice cream between two waffles to make an ice cream sandwich. Yum!
Whether enjoyed with a dollop of butter and syrup, a medley of fruits and whipped cream, or your preferred toppings, freshly made waffles are a delightful treat any day.
For a savory variation of Amish waffles, try serving them as the main course for dinner with a delicious topping of chicken and gravy or sausage gravy.
Chicken and Waffles
Waffles are not only a delicious breakfast food, but can also be served for dinner. Growing up in Lancaster County, PA, I was quite familiar with chicken and waffles for dinner.
If you've never tried this dish, you may be thinking it sounds rather weird. If you're from the South, you may have been thinking of waffles with crispy fried chicken. But if you're from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, you'll know that Amish waffles and chicken are simply waffles served with chicken and gravy. (The chicken and gravy recipe is in another post.)
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Belgian Waffles vs Regular Waffles
I'm not sure if there's that much difference in the waffle batter when making Belgian waffles or regular waffles. There are many varied recipes for either one.
According to some people, Belgian waffles are lighter and fluffier while regular waffles are heavier and more dense. Some recipes for Belgian waffles have yeast in the batter which creates fluffiness.
This Amish waffles recipe, however, creates fluffy waffles as well, so maybe they're similar to Belgian waffles.
There is a difference in waffle irons though. I have a Belgian waffle maker, and I believe it creates deeper pockets than regular waffle irons. So if you want deep-pocketed fluffy Belgian waffles, you'll need to use a Belgian waffle maker.
I shared the Amish recipe for chicken and gravy to serve over your waffles in another post.
I hope you enjoy these delicious homemade Amish waffles. If you try this recipe, I'd love it if you left a comment and star rating below. Thank you!
Amish Waffles Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 1 - 2 tablespoon sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 6 tablespoons melted butter (1/3 c.)
- Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.2 cups flour, 1 - 2 tablespoon sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt
- Separate the eggs.2 large eggs, separated
- Whip the egg whites in a clean mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, and melted butter. Add the dry ingredient mixture and mix only to combine.1 1/2 cups whole milk, 6 tablespoons melted butter (1/3 c.)
- Carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, trying to maintain the airy texture.
- Pour or scoop the batter into a greased hot waffle iron, leaving a bit of space around the edges for the waffle to spread. Bake until nicely browned.
- Serve immediately with your preferred toppings.
- Waffles lose crispiness as they cool, but you can store leftovers in an airtight bag or container at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze them. Reheat in the toaster or oven.