This German waffle recipe produces a waffle that is sweet enough for an afternoon snack or dessert. Don’t let that stop you from eating one for breakfast, though!
About this German Waffle Recipe
The German version of waffles seems distinguished from its many counterparts (French, Belgian, American and other) in that it relies on solid butter, rather than the oil or melted butter that one finds more often in other versions of the recipe. In this easy waffle recipe, the butter is beaten with sugar, which incorporates air into the batter, and ensures that it will combine smoothly with the remaining ingredients. Unlike traditional Belgian waffles (or, more specifically, Liege waffles), these authentic German waffles are leavened with baking powder, rather than yeast.
Because of their high butter and sugar content, these waffles more closely resemble a piece of cake than a more traditional breakfast food. In Germany, they are typically consumed as an afternoon snack or dessert alongside a cup of coffee.
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Useful Tools for Making this German Waffle Recipe
For starters, you’ll need a waffle maker! German waffles are traditionally made in a heart-shaped waffle maker, but here are our two favorite regular Belgian waffle irons.
German Waffle Recipe
- waffle maker
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup soft butter unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
- 2 cups water at room temperature
- Fire up your waffle maker.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one by one, to the butter mixture, followed by the vanilla. Stop to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed between eggs.
- Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) into the butter-egg mixture, followed by the water. Mix flour and water into the butter mixture on medium-low speed until well combined and a smooth batter forms.
- Scoop waffle batter into the preheated waffle iron and cook according to manufacturers instructions until golden brown.
- Serve finished waffles topped with ice cream, fresh fruit, maple syrup, whipped cream, or sprinkled with icing sugar. Or, if your sweet tooth is feeling modest, you can just eat a plain waffle!
- These delicious waffles are best consumed immediately. If you are making waffles for a crowd, preheat oven to 200 F and transfer cooked waffles to the preheated oven to keep warm while you finish cooking. To keep waffles crispy, place waffles directly on a wire rack inside the oven and do not stack waffles.
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