Make-Ahead Waffle Batter

Last week I found a recipe for a yeasted make-ahead waffle batter which you chill overnight then bake the next morning.

make ahead waffle
They’re perfect for when you’re in a hurry or for when you’re just too tired to deal with measuring out the ingredients. I made a half batch of batter last night and cooked the waffles this morning. The batter smelled quite yeasty and it was very, very thin. To keep the waffle maker from overflowing, I had to pour it on very slowly. I also didn’t bother greasing the waffle maker, which in this case was fine, since the waffles have enough butter in them to keep them from sticking.

The end result was crispy, flavorful (yeasty tasting, but in a good way), thin waffles.


Fuzz only ate part of hers, but she’s never enthusiastic about weekday breakfasts, anyway.


At least Lizzie appreciates a good waffle.


I baked all the batter, stacked the waffles between sheets of foil, and froze them.

yeasted waffles

Make-Ahead Waffle Batter
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Waffle batter made with yeast
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm milk (105° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Combine yeast and 1/2 cup water in a glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Combine yeast mixture, milk, and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Cover and chill 8 hours.Whisk in eggs and baking soda.
  3. Prepare in a waffle iron according to manufacturers directions. I used my little Cuisinart and made each waffle with approximately 1/3 cup of batter. It’s thin, so if you’re using a small waffle iron, pour it on slowly. Makes about 12 waffles (but varies, depending on size of waffle maker).

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  1. Louise says

    The waffles look great to me. As for Fuzz, I always liked a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast. Still sounds good to me.

  2. Pat Vetzal says

    Last time my wife served waffles I suggested we just eat the cardboard box instead, even though our grand-daughters thought they were OK. They are used to boxed food.
    This morning she served your REAL waffles, like we had as kids when we went to visit OUR grandma…..The two of us will have the leftovers with out 10 oclock coffee.
    Of course her homemade strawberry jam may have helped…

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, Fuzz is as jaded as Jamie is when presented with an outstanding, homemade, hot breakfast.

    Hope you are enjoying your waffle iron!!
    I’ll will send Denis this link! 🙂

  4. says

    Tiffany, I tried serving Nutella with waffles and Fuzz ate around it. She likes hazelnut, but didn’t care for the Nutella. Silly American child. I couldn’t get her to eat it in Italy, either. She will, however, eat cream cheese straight out of the tub.

    Melissa, thanks. Yes, jaded is the word — especially at 7:00 AM. On weekends she has a better attitude toward breakfast.

  5. Jennifer’s waffle maker says

    I made this waffle recipe for my children. They really enjoyed it. Thanks.

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