There are few better ways to start your day that with a hot stack of freshly made waffles. And the good news is that you no longer need to invest in a pricy waffle iron. Today we’re covering everything you need to know about how to make waffles without a waffle maker.
Everyone loves a crisp homemade waffle with a soft, pillowy inside. But not everyone has room for a bulky waffle maker in their kitchen. It’s just another appliance to stow away. With a few helpful tips and tricks, however, you won’t even wish you had a waffle iron again.
You can use your favorite waffle batter recipe or try one of the delicious recipes listed below. Other than that, waffles without a waffle maker are easy, straightforward, and fun to make at home.
How to Make Perfect Waffle Batter at Home
Waffle batter can be as simple as a few pantry-staple ingredients, or it can be as decadent and extravagant as you make it.
At its most basic, a classic waffle batter is made with:
- All-purpose white flour
- A bit of white sugar, though you can also use brown sugar for a caramelized flavor
- Baking powder for the waffles to rise and turn airy
- A pinch of salt
- Milk, which can be regular dairy-based milk or nut milk for a dairy-free version
- Butter, for tenderness (again, you can use dairy-free butter or neutral cooking oil)
- A splash of vanilla extract
Mix-Ins and Flavorings for Homemade Waffles
If you want to mix things up and turn your breakfast into a fancy occasion, here are some delicious ways to bring your stack of waffles to a new level of delicious:
- Stir in dark, milk or white chocolate chips
- Drizzle the hot waffles with caramel sauce
- Top them with homemade or store-bought fruit preserves and a dollop of whipped cream
- Add pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice to the batter
- Mash a ripe banana into the batter and fold in chopped walnuts
However simple or decadent you decide to make your waffles at home, the real question is how to make them without a waffle maker.
How to Make Waffles on the Stove
Once you have your homemade batter, the first way to make waffles without an iron is directly on the stove. You’ll need a grill pan, or a large skillet with ridges in the center. Note that these waffles won’t have the perfect rectangular look you get from a waffle maker, but they’re just as delicious.
Start by heating your pan over medium heat. Oil the pan with canola oil, a heavy layer of cooking spray, or brush with melted butter. When the pan is hot, place a scoop of waffle batter directly onto the grill ridges. Immediately turn the grill down to medium-low. This allows your waffle to cook slowly, so the outside remains crisp and golden and the inside is soft and creamy.
When you see color on the edges of the cooking waffle, flip it and cook the other side so that the grill grates are perpendicular to the original grates. Again, cook until crisp and golden. Remove the waffle from the pan and serve hot.
How to Make Waffles in the Oven
The second strategy to making waffles without a waffle maker is right in your oven. For this, you’ll need a waffle pan or a silicone mold. They come with waffle shapes so your breakfast treats come out with their signature perfect cross-hatch pattern every time.
To use one of these pans, start by preheating the oven to 350°F while you prepare the batter. When the batter is ready, be sure to grease the pan very well with cooking spray for easy removal. Divide the batter between the wells in your waffle pan and gently shake it so that the batter settles into every nook and cranny of the pan.
Bake the waffles until they’re puffed up a bit and golden brown on top. Remove the pan from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes in the pan before serving up hot!
The best part about this method of cooking waffles without an iron is that several servings of waffles are hot and ready all at once. This way, the cook doesn’t have to spend the whole morning standing over the waffle maker cooking up batch after batch of breakfast while everyone else gets to enjoy their hot stacks.
Best Waffle Recipes for Home Cooks
If you’re already hungry for breakfast and can’t want to try these methods to make waffles without a waffle maker, then start with these delicious recipes:
Now it’s time to put these tips and tricks to use and serve up a hearty stack of homemade waffles for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!