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Waffles can be a delicious breakfast to make. And waffles can be quick and easy to make too. This simple waffle recipe is made even more delicious with fresh raspberries and chocolate chips. Keep reading to see how to make waffles from scratch. It’s easier than you might think.
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Sure you can buy frozen waffles at the store, they are ok, but if you want to make your own waffles, it’s easy to do.
There is something delicious about homemade waffles. The crispy outsides when cut into reveal the light and fluffy insides.
The crispness in your mouth mixed with the flavors of syrup and butter. All held together by the squares, perfect for keeping butter and syrup in each bite.
And when you make your own homemade waffles, you can make all different flavored waffles too. Like this recipe with fresh raspberries and chocolate chips.
You can have fluffy and crispy waffles made at home anytime you want at a fraction of the cost of the flavorless, hockey puck like waffles you can get in the frozen section of the store. But you’ll need one thing.
A Waffle Maker…
The main tool you’ll need is a waffle maker. I have an old one, probably close to 40 years old but I found one very similar to the one I use, if you need to purchase a waffle maker take a peek at this model. It’s reasonably priced and is very similar in design to my really old one that has held up so well.
Once you have your waffle iron, you can make so many kinds of waffles. But I think waffles with berries are the best.
Waffles Don’t Have to Be Hard to Make
And making waffles from scratch is easy too. Once you make your own waffles at home, you won’t be going back to those frozen store-bought waffles that are so flavorless and hard.
You can make your own waffles fluffy inside and nice and crisp on the outside.
Now you can follow other recipes that tell you to separate the eggs and whip the egg whites. And while that makes a great waffle, there is an easier way.
And who doesn’t like easy with fewer steps in a recipe and less dishes to wash too.
Let me show or tell you how to make waffles from scratch with fresh raspberries and we are throwing in chocolate chips too.
But let’s get the basic recipe ready first.
How to Make Waffles from Scratch the Easy Way
This is the basic waffle recipe I use all the time. It’s simple and easy to make with only a few ingredients needed and one bowl too. Woo-hoo!
But there are a few tips for making these turn out great so be sure to keep reading below for those tips too.
Step 1. Dry Ingredients
Measure your dry ingredients into a bowl. Make sure it’s a big bowl and then whisk the ingredients. You want to make sure they are mixed well. You don’t want to end up with a clump of baking powder in one spot and bite into it.
Step 2. Wet Ingredients
Measure your wet ingredients into a large liquid measuring cup. Put in the milk or dairy free milk, oil, and eggs if you are using them and whisk.
Then add to the dry ingredients and mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened but there may still be lumps and that’s ok.
Step 3. Check Consistency of the Batter
Before you cook, check the consistency of your waffle batter. I use the exact same recipe but some days the batter will be thicker and other days it will be perfect.
If your batter is too thick, thicker than the consistency of honey, add a little of water to the batter. If the batter is too thick, the waffles won’t turn out as well.
Step 4. Fold in the Berries and Chocolate Chips
Once the batter is the right consistency, fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. You can sprinkle the raspberries and chocolate chips on top of the waffle batter and use a spatula to fold them in.
Step 5. Preheat the Waffle Iron
Preheating the waffle iron is a must to getting crispy waffles. Be sure your waffle iron is hot and ready to go. Also grease the waffle iron.
I always use cooking spray on each of the waffle iron plates before I add the batter. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to sticking waffle. Use the cooking spray or oil to make sure the waffles don’t stick.
Step 6. How to Know When Your Waffles are Done without Peeking
If you open the waffle maker too soon, the waffles won’t get as crisp. But how do you know when the waffles are done without peeking? You look for steam.
When you first pour the waffle batter on the waffle iron and close it there will be a lot of steam rolling out. As the waffles cook and get crispy, the steam will become less. When you don’t seen any more steam coming out or very little, the waffles are done.
And if you used the cooking spray or oil on the waffle iron, they shouldn’t stick to the iron either.
Step 7. Keeping them Warm
As you are making waffles and need to make enough for the whole family, you’ll want to keep the cooked waffles warm and crispy.
The best way to do this is to preheat your oven at 200 degrees and place the waffles directly on the oven rack. Place them in a single layer. If you stack them, they won’t stay crispy.
That’s the basics of making waffles from scratch, grab the printable recipe below. Use the tips below to make sure your waffles turned out great and learn how to store them.
Plus, I have tips to make these waffles dairy free, egg free, and vegan. Just in case you have loved ones with allergies like we do.
Get the Printable Recipe…
Waffles with Fresh Raspberries and Chocolate Chips
- Waffle Iron
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 large Eggs or 2 tablespoons Soy Flour with 2 tablespoons of Water
- 1 2/3 cup Milk or Dairy Free Milk
- 1/3 cup Oil
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla
- 3/4 cup Fresh Raspberries frozen berries are good too
- 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips Enjoy Life Brand is Dairy Free
- Preheat the waffle iron on medium to medium high heat.
- Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk to mix well. If not using eggs, add the soy flour in with the dry ingredients.
- Measure the milk and oil into a large measuring cup. Add the eggs if using and vanilla. If not using eggs, add the water to the milk and oil mixture. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients slowly into the dry ingredients while stirring. Stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
- Sprinkle the raspberries and chocolate chips on top of the batter. Using a spatula gently fold them in.
- Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray. Spoon the waffle batter onto the waffle iron and close.
- Cook until there is very little or no steam coming from the waffle iron.
- Open and remove the waffle. If you’ll be holding the waffles until all the waffles are made, place the cooked waffles in a single layer on the oven rack. Set oven temperature to 200 degrees.
Waffle Making Tips…
How to Make Waffles Egg Free or Dairy Free
No Egg Waffle Recipe
You can make this waffle recipe without eggs. Just substitute each egg in the recipe with a tablespoon of soy flour and a tablespoon of water. It works great and no eggs are needed.
No Milk Waffle Recipe
To make this waffle recipe without milk, you can use a dairy free milk alternative in place of regular milk. We like to use soy milk in our waffle recipe but you can use almond, coconut or even juice in place of the milk.
How to Make Waffles Ahead of Time
While these waffles aren’t hard to make, you might want to enjoy waffles on a busy weekday morning. And yes, you can make waffles ahead of time.
Waffles can be made ahead of time and then frozen. You’ll want to cook the waffles, let them cool completely, then wrap or place them into a freezer bag. If you are concerned about the waffle sticking together, you can freeze them on a cookie sheet and then place them into a freezer bag.
Waffles can then be toasted or baked in the oven until thawed and crispy when you are ready to enjoy your homemade waffles.
What Consistency Should Waffle Mix Be?
The waffle mix should be the consistency of honey. You don’t want it too thin, like water. Or too thick as that will make tough waffles. The consistency of honey is the perfect consistency for waffle mix.
Why Won’t My Waffles Get Crispy? or How Do You Make Waffles Crispy?
These 4 steps can ensure your waffles turn out crispy every time.
Preheat the Waffle Iron
Before adding the batter, make sure the waffle iron is hot it helps to crisp the waffles.
Cooking the waffles
You want to cook the waffles until the steam quits coming from the waffle iron to make sure the get crispy.
You’ll see steam coming from the waffle iron when the waffles start to cook. As they cook, the steam will get less and less. Once the steam stops the waffles will be done and with the moisture removed, the waffles will be crispy too.
Watch your Liquids
Moisture is the enemy of crispy waffles. Don’t use too much liquid in your waffle batter.
You want to make sure your waffle batter isn’t too runny or wet.
The extra moisture can keep your waffles from getting crispy. Be sure to keep the waffle batter the right consistency.
Your Back-Up Plan if All Else Fails
If you have a waffle or waffles turn out less than crisp, don’t fear this last tip can help you save your less than crispy waffles.
If all else fails to make your waffles crispy, place the waffles on the oven rack and heat the oven to 250 degrees. Bake the waffles for 5-10 minutes to make them crispy. Don’t overcook and dry them out.
That’s how to make waffles from scratch with fresh raspberries and chocolate chips. They are so good. We even eat them as toast the next day, when we have leftovers.
This recipe can be adjusted to fit people with allergies too, making them great for the whole family.
And I hope the tips I’ve shared help you feel confident in making your own waffles from scratch at home.
Once you make homemade waffles, you won’t want to go back to store bought. They are really that good.