Old-fashioned waffles aren’t supposed to look perfect. They’re supposed to look jagged and asymmetrical. And charming, if you ask me. I bet you that’s how waffles looked in the 1700s—especially with their traditional stove-top waffle irons. Which, yes, I now have one…thank you, husband!! And so, with my pretty little waffle iron (from the 1890s!), I had to invent an old fashioned waffle recipe that I could easily work with. Particularly a recipe that works for two…since that’s the number I cook for these days.
As I said, they’re supposed to look imperfect. That’s what makes them old-fashioned! Working with an old waffle iron is really satisfying for me, and while the waffle doesn’t look like what I’m used to (like this gorgeous protein waffle recipe that y’all are obsessed with), I really do find them to be charming in their own way,
So, speaking of waffle irons, let’s talk about them. There are two types of waffle irons that you can invest in: a Belgian waffle iron, or a classic waffle iron. The Belgian waffle iron is the one I’ve used for years and makes for a perfectly big fluffy waffle. However, for this old fashioned waffle recipe, I highly recommend a classic waffle iron—kind of like this one. If you’d rather a Belgian style waffle, here’s a Belgian waffle recipe you can make—also for two.
I’m also a huge fan of these little waffle makers by DASH. They make a perfect little 4-inch waffle, which I’m thinking you’ll probably get three or four mini waffles from this recipe. If you’re making a few, you can always store the leftovers in the freezer. Then just pop it in the toaster when you’re ready for a waffle!
It’s probably my new favorite thing to make for weekend brunch…I have a feeling I’ll be on a waffle kick for a while.
But if you’re not on a waffle kick at the moment, or need something else to cook up for brunch while you wait for your new waffle iron to come, here are a few of my favorite brunch recipes to try.
- Eggs Benedict
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Spinach Omelette Breakfast Sandwich
- Bacon Veggie Frittata
- Jammy Eggs on Toast with Scallion Cream Cheese
- Berry Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Would you guys be interested in learning about how to use a cast-iron waffle maker? Let me know in the comments if you’d want a tutorial! It took me a little while to figure it out…but I’d be happy to teach you!
And with that, I’m making waffles.
Old Fashioned Waffles
- Waffle iron
- 1 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup milk 1% or 2% preferred
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Dash of salt
- Heat up your waffle iron according to its particular instructions.
- While the waffle iron is heating, add the melted butter, egg, milk, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Add in the all-purpose flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
- Spray down the waffle iron, or brush on some butter with a pastry brush.
- Pour in half of the mixture (about 1/3 cup) into the waffle iron. Close and cook to the iron's instructions—usually until it beeps.
- Repeat for the second waffle.
- Serve with berries, syrup, butter, or any other toppings you desire.
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