I put this recipe for Very Crispy Waffles in The Cozy Coloring Cookbook a few years ago (I can’t believe it came out two whole years ago) and realized I have never ever shared it! This recipe was developed by Billy, while I was developing another recipe.
Sometimes we work that way. I’ll give him an idea, a jumping off platform, he’ll do the research and begin. And then I’ll work on something else and by the end of our trials we usually have things for the other person to try. And then we tweak and adjust from there.
These were inspired by the waffles at Dinette in Los Angeles. Maybe the best waffle I’ve ever had. It’s super crispy and VERY sweet (not my favorite aspect of them, tbh) and then they’re topped with sea salt and some maple syrup. THEY ARE SO GOOD.
In the name of research, we headed to Dinette in Echo Park to eat them. These waffles have actually been something I’ve really missed about not living in Echo Park. I think of them constantly lol. So I figured I’d better learn how to make something similar.
Whipping Egg Whites is What Makes a Crispy Waffle Crispy!
We found that the fastest and quickest way to crispy waffle world was separating the egg yolks from the egg whites and whipping the egg whites with some sugar. Basically creating a loose meringue. And then folding that into the batter. When they come out of the waffle iron, they’re not that crispy, but give them 30 seconds and BOOM! So much crispness.
We tested a few versions where we didn’t add sugar to the whipped egg white and it was less crispy. That sugar addition really helps in aiding to the crispiest waffles you can make at home.
The only thing with these is that they must, and I mean MUST be eaten warm. If they cool down they’ll get soft. If you transfer them right to the oven to stay warm, they’ll be ok. But honestly, they taste best eaten straight from the waffle maker onto the plate.
I made some salted honey butter because honey butter is my favorite memory from playing high school tennis. I hated playing tennis (and I played for a solid 15 years) but loved the snacks lol. A mom would always bring a bag of bagels and salted honey butter to practice and I’ve never forgotten that butter.
So, now I try and put it on everything…including these very crispy waffles.
Very Crispy Waffles
Salted Honey Butter and Toppings:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, (at room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons good-quality honey
- Pinch of flaky sea salt
- 1 peach, (sliced, as garnish)
- Pure maple syrup, (as garnish)
Very Crispy Waffles:
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk, (shaken)
- 2 large egg yolk, (egg white reserved)
- 12 tbls unsalted butter, (melted and cooled)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large egg white
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
To Make the Salted Honey Butter:
- To a small bowl, add the softened butter, honey and salt. Mash it together until smooth and combined. Give it a taste and add more salt, if you like. Set aside.
To Make the Crispy Waffles:
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and place it in the oven. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk the wet ingredients together. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Set aside.
- In another bowl, using a hand-mixer, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until medium, glossy peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter until just combined.
- Every waffle iron is different so you may have to sacrifice a waffle or two to get the hang of it.
- Cook the batter according to your waffle iron’s instructions. Mine cooked in about 3 minutes.
- Transfer the waffles to a plate to be eaten immediately, or place in the preheated oven to keep warm while you make the remaining waffles.
- Top waffles with a dollop of honey butter, a few sliced peaches or other fruit and serve with maple syrup.
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