Adding some extra flour or a small amount of cornstarch to the batter will make your waffles thicker, as will whisking the batter more vigorously to create more air. Be careful not to alter the proportions too much though.
If you have the time and the patience, allowing your waffle batter to rest for 30 minutes before cooking can make them fluffier and less chewy.
The choice of what kind of fat to coat the iron with is entirely yours, but it will impact the flavour and texture. Butter is the classic and will add a beautifully nutty flavour to your waffle. Oil, on the other hand, will result in a crispier waffle, making the inside seem all that fluffier and softer when biting into your treat. Coconut oil is also a good option and has the added benefit of imparting a little extra flavour into the batter.
Waffle batter contains egg and milk, so it should always be cold. If you plan on making your batter in advance to use the next day, make sure to store it in the refrigerator.
There are a couple of common culprits that could prevent your waffles from going crispy. One is if you don’t allow the iron to heat properly before cooking. The other is overworking the batter, which will cause them to be too chewy.
While there’s nothing wrong with serving the waffles whole in the classic way, there are a number of fun alternative options to present them with that freshen up the dish. Try cutting the waffles into churro-like finger slices and dipping them in chocolate sauce with cinnamon for example, or of you want a real sweet kick, stack them with a melted marshmallow filling in-between to create waffle smores.
There are an endless number of ways to top waffles, ranging from healthier choices like nut butters, fruit and Greek yogurt, to more indulgent varieties like cold vanilla ice cream, caramel syrup, and the classic Nutella and strawberry or banana combination. Savoury toppings are also an option – feel free to experiment.
When it comes to drinks, it’s best to avoid anything too sweet. A strong cup of coffee helps to enhance the chocolate flavour in a pleasing way. You also can’t go wrong with a glass of cold milk, a classic pairing that will make you feel like a kid again!
The best waffles are fresh waffles, but they can be kept for a few days before going dry. Refrigerate within a couple hours once the waffles have cooled, and keep in an airtight container. We recommend eating the waffles within three days.