May 8, 2024

Buttermilk Waffles


Buttermilk Waffles

Waffles family recipe Caterina DeFalco

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This waffle recipe, credited to The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl, consistently yields crisp waffles with a light and airy texture. For more than a decade, I've had a routine of making these waffles every two or three months and freezing them for a quick and convenient breakfast or snack for the kids.


These waffles freeze beautifully and can be toasted to perfection in minutes using a toaster. Even if you're not particularly fond of waffles yourself, I hope you'll find joy in preparing this recipe for your children, just as I have. I always feel so proud to serve them something homemade and wholesome. Plus, when you get the family involved in cooking, it's not much work for you- it's just fun. Below the recipe, you'll find some helpful freezing and storage tips.



3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk

11/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

3 large eggs, lightly beaten


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Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Add buttermilk, butter, and eggs and stir until smooth (batter will be thick).

Spoon batter into the waffle iron using a soup ladle. I fill the ladle about 85% full and push the batter around with the back of the ladle to spread it evenly.

Cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Cool on a cookie sheet before freezing.


Serving Ideas:

When my kids were little, I kept it simple- maple syrup and sliced banana or fresh berries. This is a simple dish for children to prepare on their own.

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When they got older, I showed them how to make whipped cream in a small glass with a milk frother – which is a divine addition to waffles.

Perfectly frother fresh whipped cream

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When we have leftovers, like fruit soup or baked apples with cinnamon, they make delicious toppings for waffles and a healthy third course paired with a light dinner of soup or Caesar salad. When you have waffles and soup in the freezer, this meal is fast to prepare.

A bowl of fruit soup

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