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It’s only fitting that I re-share my Grandma’s famous buttermilk waffles while I’m visiting her this week. Many years ago after visiting my Grandmother and spending time in the kitchen cooking with her, I became convinced that my love for food was passed down to me. I know that it’s something that will be a part of me forever. In fact, cooking for others is absolutely my favorite thing in the world.

My grandmother is Puerto Rican, so much of the food she cooks tends to be Spanish-inspired; my Nana (great-grandmother) taught her how to cook everything from scratch when she was a young girl. Ever since then, it’s been one of her favorite things to do. When my Grandma isn’t making homemade pozole, empanadas, and arroz con pollo, she is usually baking muffins the size of my face or throwing together a ridiculous continental breakfast. Seriously give her a half hour and she’ll make you an incredible meal, but provide her with a couple of hours and you’ll have a masterpiece to eat.

She treats every meal she makes with affection, putting the utmost love into her creations; it’s an extraordinary quality. She pours her soul into stews and she throws her spice for life into Spanish rice. Cooking is like an expression to her, and everything is always made with love.

My Grandma and I are two peas in a pod. I admire her in every way. I love her best though when she’s making me brunch, which often includes her famous yet classic buttermilk waffles. Crispy on the outside, warm, fluffy, and perfect on the inside.

This is a picture of my Grandpa & Grandma. They were the ultimate romantics. Unfortunately, my Grandpa passed away a few years ago. I specifically remember this moment though. My grandpa was attempting to fix my Grandma’s watch after it suddenly broke while we were out. He made it his mission to repair it immediately himself, walking to every shop nearby to see if they had a special pin for the band. Sure enough, he found one!

They both took care of each other and I  think that’s pretty incredible they were going strong for nearly 60 years. Cuties.

As I’m writing this, I’m fondly remembering the morning my Grandmother made these waffles for us, partly because they are the best waffles I’ve ever had. It was Mother’s Day and we all enjoyed a breakfast full of eggs with green chile, pastries (ugh, SO MANY PASTRIES), waffles, and of course, coffee. As I was spreading peanut butter on my waffles and drenching them with syrup (best combination ever), I looked around the table and thanked God for my amazing family. They’ve taught me so much: to cook, to be determined, to laugh, to love, and to absolutely never give up! 

Now I’m the one pouring my heart and soul into the food I cook: whipping up pancakes with such care, crafting a skillet chicken (with pepperoni sauce) that only kids could adore, and browning lots of butter for the best chocolate chip cookies (the way to win anyone’s heart).

Cooking is my romance and I’m bringing it to you. I hope you’ll stay awhile and eat some ridiculously good waffles with me. With butter, syrup, and whatever else your heart desires.

ingredients for classic buttermilk waffles on a grey board

What is buttermilk?

Traditionally, buttermilk is the liquid leftover after churning butter that’s higher in protein and lower in fat. Because many people do not churn their own butter (if you do, more power to ya!) there’s an easy way to make it yourself from things you probably have in your kitchen. All you need is:

  • Any type of milk – even your favorite non-dairy milk!
  • Add 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice or white vinegar or every 1 cup of milk.
  • Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes until the milk begins to curdle, and then it’s ready to use!

You can use buttermilk in tons of baking recipes, but my favorite way to use it is obviously in these incredible homemade buttermilk waffles.

Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk?

Yes, just add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or vinegar to your milk before using it in this recipe!

pouring batter for classic buttermilk waffles into a waffle iron

What’s the difference between buttermilk waffles and homestyle waffles?

I love making homemade buttermilk waffles because they’re lighter, more airy, and fluffier than traditional homestyle waffles. You’ll love the crispy outside of these thick buttermilk waffles paired with the tender, warm inside.

Everything you’ll need to make perfect buttermilk waffles

The best part about making homemade buttermilk waffles? They’re SO easy and made with super simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Flour: we’re using regular all purpose flour to give the waffles the perfect texture.
  • Baking staples: you’ll need both baking powder and baking soda, plus some salt.
  • Buttermilk: what makes buttermilk special is that the acidity in it reacts with the baking powder to make the waffles extra fluffy. It truly makes all the difference!
  • Eggs: we’re adding 2 eggs to this waffle recipe.
  • Butter: some melted butter gives these waffles the perfect amount of moisture, plus that delicious, indulgent flavor.
  • Sweetener: you’ll just need a little sugar (granulated sugar, coconut, or brown sugar) for sweetness. Don’t forget vanilla extract, too! Learn how to make your own vanilla here.

pouring maple syrup onto buttermilk waffles topped with berries

How to make waffles extra crispy

To get waffles with those golden brown, crisp edges, you can either toast them after they come out of the waffle iron or you place them on a rack in the oven at 200 degrees F for 5-10 minutes.

Our favorite waffle toppings

The options are truly endless when it comes to topping your waffles! Here are some of my fav ways to do ’em up:

  • Fresh berries or sliced bananas
  • Chocolate chips and/or toasted nuts (you can also add these to your batter if you’d like!)
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Nut butter
  • Crispy bacon (for a sweet & savory combo)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Your favorite fruit jam
  • Nutella

classic buttermilk waffle topped with berries on a plate next to a fork and bowl of berries

How to store and reheat buttermilk waffles

  • To store: cool the buttermilk waffles completely, then place them in an airtight reusable bag and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • To reheat: I find the best way to reheat homemade waffles (especially after freezing them) is to put them in the toaster! This allows them to keep their crispy edges and fluffy insides instead of getting mushy from the microwave. You can also put them in a 200 degree F oven and toast for 5-10 minutes.

More breakfast recipes you’ll love

Get all of my breakfast recipes here!

I hope you love these amazing buttermilk waffles! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you like them. Enjoy, xo!

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Grandma’s Buttermilk Waffles

buttermilk waffles on a plate topped with berries

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Serves4 belgian waffles

Grandma’s incredible, classic buttermilk waffles are made with simple ingredients for the fluffiest homemade waffles that are perfectly crispy on the outside. Top them with fresh berries and a drizzle of pure maple syrup for the best breakfast or brunch!

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (360g) buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (regular, coconut or brown sugar will all work)

Instructions

  • Preheat waffle maker. Spray generously with nonstick cooking spray or generously grease with butter.

  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and sugar until blended. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

  • Pour batter into a preheated prepared waffle iron; cook according to manufacturer’s directions or when steam stops.

  • Top with maple syrup, peanut butter, honey, or fresh fruit preserves. Makes 4 belgian waffles.

Recipe Notes

You can add in additional ingredients such as: 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, dash of cinnamon, or whatever you’d like.
I always spray my waffle iron with cooking spray before cooking each batch, I recommend doing the same.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5belgian waffleCalories: 223calCarbohydrates: 27.5gProtein: 6.1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5.9gFiber: 1gSugar: 5.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on June 27th, 2012, republished on April 11th, 2019, and republished on May 9th, 2024.

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