Old-Timey Sunday Waffles

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These waffles are crunchy on the outside and egg-y and moist on the inside.

The Angry Chef and I both like ours slathered with thin slices of cold butter and dripping with good, local maple syrup. If there are any leftover, I like to reheat them in the toaster oven and melt a little cheese over them.

A note on ingredients & equipment
I have an older VillaWare waffle maker that makes 2 waffles at a time.

My favorite—and a kind of ridiculous—thing about it is that it makes a happy, chirping “Waffle Tone” when it’s hot enough to add the batter.

When it comes to actually cooking the waffles, follow the instructions that came with your particular maker. Each brand will be a little different.

If you have buttermilk on hand, you can use that instead of the milk + lemon juice combination.

Old-Timey Sunday Waffles

2 jumbo eggs
2 cups of whole milk
juice from 1 medium-sized lemon
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
6 Tbls. butter, melted
spray oil

Makes about 10 four-inch waffles.

Plug your waffle maker in, turn it on, and let it heat up while you make the batter.

Make the sour milk and melt the butter

Cut your butter up into hunks. Put it in a microwave-safe bowl and nuke it for a little less than a minute on high to melt it. Set it aside.

I like to melt the butter before I add it to the batter. Now, a lot of recipes I’ve seen call for butter that’s softened—not melted—but I haven’t seen any difference doing it this way. And it makes it really easy to mix in.

Add the lemon juice to the milk to sour it.

Start the batter

Crack two jumbo eggs into a large mixing bowl.

Beat them well with a whisk until they’re light and fluffy.

Add the soured milk to the beaten eggs.

Whisk well to combine and beat some air into the mixture.

Add the dry ingredients

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Stir to combine. Beat out any big lumps with a whisk or the back of a wooden spoon.

Pour in the melted butter. Stir to combine well.

The finished batter will be fairly thin. That’s OK. It’s just how you want it. You might have little pieces of butter in the batter. That’s OK, too. They’ll melt right into the waffles when they cook.

Your batter should just coat the back of a spoon, like this:

Cook the waffles

At this point, your waffle maker should be nice and hot. Mine is non-stick, but I still hit it with a little spray oil right before I pour in the batter.

Ladle in the batter, being careful not to overfill the maker. Generally, you want to pour in enough batter so that it just spreads to fill the grid.

Close the waffle maker and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For my waffle maker, I set it on almost the highest heat setting. After a few minutes, my waffles have started to develop a nice crust and brown slightly, like this:

I cook them a few minutes longer, to ensure that the inside is cooked through and the outside is nice and crispy. Yank them out of the waffle maker when they look about like this:

Repeat these steps until you’ve used all your batter. If you leave your waffle maker open for a long time, it will lose a little heat and the next batch might take longer to cook.

Keeping them warm

If you’re not serving them right away (or want to wait til the whole batch is cooked to bring them all out at once), keep the waffles warm in the oven.

Heat your oven to 200 degrees. Set a wire rack over a sheet pan and put it in the oven. As the waffles cook, stick them on the rack to stay warm and crisp.

Serve and enjoy

I like my waffles the old-fashioned way: with butter and good local maple syrup.

The finished waffles are crunchy on the outside, and soft and moist on the inside.


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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


  1. Your waffles looks super-yummy. I like them in a strange way-savory. I make a sandwich with a fried egg and cheese. I have even been known to make a turkey sandwich with them!
  2. I miss my waffle maker. It's been packed for almost a year but will soon be unearthed. Thanks for inspiring me to put waffles at the top of my list to make when we finally move back home!!! Also, what's your favorite syrup??? I use dark maple from Whole Foods, but always love recommendations from folks.
  3. Pink Peppercorn--Thanks! Most of my favorite recipes wind up being the really simple ones. :D Haley--Thank you! I also have a recipe somewhere for laying strips of half-cooked bacon across the waffle batter before you close the waffle iron. I'll see if I can find it. It's kind of ridiculous, but it's SO good. Reeni--Oh that's not strange. I do the same thing, sometimes. This also sounds great, though I've never been there: Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. Saucymomma--Awww, soon enough, it sounds like! We try all different kinds of syrup. Right now, we've got some Connecticut Pure Maple Syrup from Arlo's Sugar Shack in Granby, CT. We also like Stonewall Kitchen's Grade A Dark Amber a lot. Zesty--Thanks, hon! Definitely take a peek at the VillaWares when you go to buy one. Perfect waffles every time and never had a problem with it.
  4. Waffles look amazing - as most all of your creations do! Just wondering if I wanted to add blueberries, would I need to change anything? Thanks!
    • Thanks, Tony! I wouldn't change the recipe. Just fold in about a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries when the batter is made. Let me know how it goes! +Jessie
  5. My mom and I have always made waffles by beating the egg white separately, until it's very fluffy and holds soft peaks, then folding it gently into the rest of the batter. It makes for an incredibly fluffy, light waffle, which is crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth. I highly recommend it!!
  6. These look lovely. I generally buy large eggs, would I need to use three of them instead of two jumbo or do you think two would suffice?