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Hi Bold Bakers!
I can’t even tell you how many requests I get for The Perfect Buttermilk Waffles recipe! I hear from people saying their waffles stick to the waffle iron, didn’t crisp up properly, and didn’t taste like the ones they remember from their childhood.
Well, these Buttermilk Waffles are the quintessential buttermilk waffles. I love waffles (and not just because that’s my dog’s name), I love myself a sweet breakfast and these light, rich, and crisp waffles hit the spot every single time!
How To Make Buttermilk Waffles
Waffles are similar to pancakes and start with a thick, rich batter of flour, baking soda, eggs, oil, buttermilk, and a touch of vanilla. The oil within the batter, along with the tangy buttermilk, make the batter the perfect consistency for pouring and also help to ensure these Buttermilk Waffles don’t stick to the iron.
There is only one trick to making this batter, as for the most part, it’s just a matter of combining the wet ingredients into the dry. The real trick to making the Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes is to not over mix the batter! As soon as the baking soda meets the wet ingredients, it begins to activate forming air bubbles within the batter. These bubbles keep the waffles light and fluffy.
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I know it can be tempting to overmix, as most think the secret to waffles is a lump-free batter. The truth is the lumps work themselves out in the cooking process, but over-mixing can deflate the waffles making them tough and heavy. So mix these buttermilk waffles up in minutes and then you’re ready to roll!
Why Do You Need Buttermilk To Make Waffles?
I am often asked what the importance of buttermilk is in baking, and the truth is there really is a reason to use it beyond its tangy richness. The acid in buttermilk helps to tenderize the baked goods from the inside-out.
So, in this case, buttermilk ensures the inside of the waffles are moist and tender, never cake-like or dense. If you can’t buy buttermilk then you can easily make a Buttermilk Substitute that works really well.
How Do I Stop My Waffles From Sticking?
My Buttermilk Waffle Recipe itself buys you a lot of insurance. That said, nothing is worse than putting the time into making the Perfect Buttermilk Waffles and then having them stick to your waffle iron. To prevent sticking, I like to do a few things: I always lightly grease my waffle iron with a bit of butter or flavorless oil, and then I actually give the waffles time.
If the waffles are removed from the iron too soon, the iron will be left with raw batter sticking in its nooks and crannies. To avoid this, really give the waffles ample time on each side to cook through and brown. When waffles are fully cooked inside and out, they will easily release from the pan.
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