For ages I’ve been taunted by waffle recipes. Just one here or there is enough to do it. My problem was that I didn’t have a waffle iron! One surely can’t make waffles if they don’t have a waffle iron. Finally I got one. I did a bit of research and found the perfect one, for me anyway. The crazy part is that the pretty new kitchen toy sat in it’s box on the kitchen floor for easily several weeks before I made a single batch of waffles.

I made my first batch of waffles over Mother’s day weekend and have been wanting to post about them, or really any waffle, ever since! Last night I even printed off a recipe and taped it to the microwave in hopes of reminding myself. I can’t say for sure that doing so had any real effect on me accomplishing this or not, but I did wake up knowing nothing else mattered today besides making waffles. Of course even before I was able to get downstairs to make them, the rest of the family had already eaten. I’m not sure how in 40 minutes they managed to forget I’d be making waffles. More for me. Okay, that’s a lie because we shared them. Kids are like seagulls. If I didn’t offer, they’d have been begging for a bite.

Everyone raves about ATK – America’s Test Kitchen. I love their variety and that they test to find the perfect balance in a recipe. I thought this recipe could be a winner  due to their claims… crisp crust with a fluffy interior. The only crisp waffles I’ve ever had in my life have been Eggos. I love Eggos. I can’t help it… cover one with grape jam and I’m a happy girl. It’s a quick fix that I can’t help but love. I was intrigued and hopeful that this recipe might be a nice homemade alternative. Crisp, they were not. That could be do to a number of factors BUT they are an easy homemade recipe that does give nice results.

I wish I had done a taste test side by side with the recipe I used for Mother’s day… that’ll have to come soon because I remember really liking those both for their flavor and their fluffiness. Again, neither recipe gave a crisp crust. I could crank up the cook level and see if that helps but I feared it just darkening the crust instead of crisping it. It’s a true fear. I hate to waste waffle batter!

If you’re looking for an easy homemade waffle recipe that gives nice fluffy results, you should definitely try this. If for nothing else but watching the bubbles in the seltzer water bubble up. Wow. I’d seriously never seen a drink give off such huge bubbles. The Mr could see them from a room away!

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Buttermilk Waffles

Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 5


  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C buttermilk powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 C unflavored seltzer water


  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt, buttermilk powder and baking soda. Create a well in the middle. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine sour cream, eggs, vanilla and vegetable oil. Stir in seltzer water.
  • Pour wet mixture into the well of your dry ingredients. Gently stir until combined but still lumpy.
  • Heat your waffle iron. Spray with non-stick spray if desired (not all waffle irons will need this). Coat heated waffle iron with batter and cook until desired crispness is reached. Serve warm.
  • These may be stored in the refrigerator or frozen and reheated at a later date.


*Cook time will vary with each waffle iron.
Recipe source: America's Test Kitchen
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American