Waffles of Insane Greatness

How’s that for a recipe name?  These are also apparently known around the blogosphere as WIG for short.  Whatever you decide to call them, I like to think of them as my favorite basic go-to morning-of waffle recipe.  These yeasted waffles still hold my place as number one because of the amazing flavor the yeast provides, but these are a very close second.  Perfect when my little guy is shouting, “Waffles!  Waffles!” and I did not prep the yeasted batter the night before.  This recipe does call for a short 30 minute wait time to let the batter sit before using, but that’s nothing a little distraction with books and toys can’t fix.

The flavor is just what you would want in a plain waffle and the texture is dreamy – slightly crisp on the outside, tender and airy on the inside.  My only beef with this recipe is that, at least in my waffle maker, it only yields five waffles – enough for feeding our little family certainly, but not enough extra to feed guests or freeze leftovers.  If you are feeding more than two adults and a hungry child, definitely double it!

Waffles of Insane Greatness
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¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1½ tsp. sugar
½ cup whole milk
½ cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¾ tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Whisk together to blend.  In another mixing bowl, beat together the whole milk, buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk just until incorporated and few lumps remain.  Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron.  Fill waffle wells and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Cook until crisp and golden.  Serve immediately.

Yield: depends on the size/shape of your waffle iron

Source: Food Network via Orangette

48 Responses

  1. Omg its like u read my mind! Just bought a waffle maker today so i was surfing online trying to find a good waffle recipe. I’m definitely going to give this one a try! thank you!!!

  2. Annie, these look great but do yo have to use whole milk?

  3. I love this title! I’ll definitely be making these. I was looking for another waffle recipe to try other than my standard malted waffles. These look perfect!

  4. Oooh…I love this. I like it drizzled with honey and a scoop of ice cream on top…yum. I need to go and get a waffle machine.

  5. mmmmm….the Sunday funnies, a strong cup of coffee and these equal my perfect Saturday 🙂

  6. These waffles truly are great. I want them now.

  7. What a fabulous title! Now we just have to try them…we don’t want to be the only ones who don’t know the insane greatness! Yum yum yum – these are going on the menu for Saturday morning!

  8. We Love waffles in my house and I can’t wait to try these! I made the yeasted waffles about a month ago and they were really good!

  9. I have this recipe on my blog too – just made them again this weekend. They really are amazing. Love them!

  10. I completely agree with you about the need for a recipe to make enough to freeze! Making waffles can get a little labor intensive and you don’t want to have to do it all over again every time you want a waffle. I wonder how easily the recipe would double?

  11. I was wondering how to prep this recipe the night before. Can you just follow the directions and store in fridge till morning or is there a time frame that you should stick to? For example don’t mix ingredients more than 12 hours before cooking.

    • You can try it and see but I’m guessing the recipe was designed this way for a reason. Also, as I mentioned in the post, I think the yeasted waffles are the way to go if you want to prep the night before.

  12. These would make for a fabulous weekend breakfast. They look great. 🙂

  13. what can you substitute if you dont have corn starch on hand? will using 1 cup flour be ok?

  14. These look amazing! I’m a relatively new reader, but I noticed a particular love for waffles! I live in Brussels and have absolutely fallen in love with the Liege sugar waffle (which are available on every street corner here). I have a great recipe from a Belgian cookbook if you are at all interested!

    Anyway, I just wanted to add that your blog is truly mouth-watering and you have gained a new faithful reader!

  15. Annie, do you think this batter could be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge to cut down on the half hour wait in the morning? Thanks!

    • You can try it and see but I’m guessing the recipe was designed this way for a reason. Also, as I mentioned in the post, I think the yeasted waffles are the way to go if you want to prep the night before.

  16. This is making me wish I had a waffle maker, that’s for sure! They look dreamy from the photos, but I can imagine the taste is out of this world! Great job on these, Annie.

  17. This has been my go-to recipe for a few months now! My family LOVES them! I make them whole wheat but they are still amazing, not to sweet and are perfect with berries and whipped cream!

  18. I have made and adore these waffles. They are insanely great. And your photo is stunning.

  19. Wow, they look amazing! Can’t wait to try these WIGs! : )

  20. I love your blog! I will definately be making these waffles soon. Just to let you know, my daughter in-law made my son your Chocolate Ice Cream for his birthday. Three words – OH MY GOODNESS, oh wait one more – YUM!

  21. What a great name for this recipe. I must try this out. Luckily I have some buttermilk that needs to be used up.

  22. Annie, I have been looking for a good whole grain waffle recipe online. Do you think this could work if I just changed the flour?

    • It’s never recommended because the texture and flavor will be different. Personally, I would just search for a whole grain waffle recipe but if you must, only sub out part of the flour, not all of it.

  23. Yum! I got a waffle maker for Mother’s Day that I still haven’t broken in. Maybe this will be the catalyst to finally make something in that dang thing. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Thanks for sharing the WIG recipe! We love waffles over here!

  25. These look AMAZING! Wow.

  26. Made these this morning. Was a little nervous because the batter seemed to thin but these were AWESOME! My son gobbled the up!

  27. I love Waffles. It seems like I just haven’t found the perfect waffle for me though. I have the perfect waffle topping though. I will be trying these waffles with my insane strawberry sauce and see if they are the perfect fit.

  28. I’d love to make these. Over here England it’s not commonplace to make waffles and I don’t have a waffle maker. How could I make these without one? Use a regular non-stick frying pan and make them a bit like pancakes? Any ideas?

  29. I’ve been looking for a good waffle recipe and just saved both this one and the yeasted one and will definitely be trying them out -thanks Annie!

  30. These look insanely good Annie!!

  31. I had to try this recipe out last night…so we had breafast for dinner. These were the best waffles I have ever made and they will be the only waffles I make from now on. I have a 8 inch griddle and the recipe made 3 waffles which was perfect for my husband and I but would need to double for company.

  32. We love these waffles! I mixed the batter at 10pm last night and they were in the waffle maker at 7 this morning. The only problem is that I will need to make twice as much batter for my family because they loved them so much. This is a great way to get an easy breakfast in the morning.

  33. the are the best waffles I have ever eaten. And I have been obsessing after waffles for years… putting them up on my blog too…

  34. Just made these for our monthly ‘Waffle Sunday’. This recipe did not disappoint. It is my new go to recipe. I subbed skim milk and sour milk for the whole milk and buttermilk and they are still the best we have made.

    My husband wishes I had doubled the recipe, he said he could eat a few more lol!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

  35. Tried these last night, and they were of insane greatness. I LOVED the crispy outside texture combined with the fluffy and buttery inside. Seriously, these were wonderful.

    The only thing was that (perhaps this is because of our waffle maker?) this recipe only made 3, and between my husband and I (who had both went on long afternoon runs), that wasn’t quite enough for us. We’ll be sure to double it next time!

  36. Made these waffles today! They are wonderful! I made a homemade white sauce/pudding to go with it and the two compliment each other nicely! But I’m feeling SO stuffed! If you want the white pudding/sauce recipe let me know. I would be happy to share it with you.

  37. I have not used my waffle maker in years, but now it will be making a regular appearance due to this recipe. These waffles are fantastic!

    The only change I made was to use skim milk instead of whole, and they came out great.

    I doubled the recipe so I could freeze some for later. I put them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and then pop them in the toaster oven. Even after being frozen, they are nice and crispy and soo delicous. 🙂

  38. i just bought a waffle maker! so ecstatic to try this out, thanks!

  39. These are absolutely without-a-doubt THE best waffles I have EVER put in my mouth. We inhale these on a weekly basis since first trying this recipe amongst many “OMG *groannnnn* these are SOOOO freakin’ good!” exclamations. Thank you for posting these! Never shall another waffle recipe dare set foot in our kitchen.

  40. Made this last night for our breakfast for dinner day. OMG this were beyond awesome. My husband said they’re thee best waffles he has ever tasted. My kids could not get enough either.
    Thank you so much for the recipe. ♥

  41. These waffles were spectacular! They came out crisp on the outside and light and fluffy inside, My husband wanted to eat them plain! I will forever use this recipe!! Thanks!!

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