Plain waffles


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(21 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


makes about 10 waffles

Easy homemade waffles to make in your waffle maker. Serve with fruit, syrup and sauces, or try mixing it up with savoury toppings for dinner with a difference

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per waffle

  • kcal218
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 300g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 50g butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 600ml semi-skimmed milk


  1. Heat the waffle maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. In a separate large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate, caster sugar and a pinch of salt. 

  2. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks and melted butter. Start mixing with a balloon whisk; keep whisking as you slowly add the milk until you get a smooth, thick batter. Carefully fold in the egg whites with a metal spoon.

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Use a ladle to pour the batter into your waffle maker and cook for 5 mins or according to the manufacturer's instructions. Repeat until all the batter has been used up, placing your finished waffles onto a baking tray as you go.

  4. Once all the waffles are made, transfer to the oven for 5 mins to warm through and crisp. Serve with sweet or savoury toppings.

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trumpetgirl's picture
1st Feb, 2020
Halved the recipe, because there are only 2 of us. Used my Lidl waffle iron & made 6 side plate sized waffles. This recipe is really good & not sweet at all, which suits us.
6th Jan, 2020
Way too many eggs - two is enough - general rule of thumb is 1 egg to every 250g of flour.
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Sophie Burgess
9th Dec, 2019
I have made these twice now and I love them! Instead of doing the eggs separately I just mix it all up in one bowl. I recommend leaving the mixture in the fridge because the first batch I did was flat but the next batch I did in the morning and they were making my waffle maker open up. Really tasty recipe.
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Jan Jarvis
25th Aug, 2019
Used this recipe for the first time, for my first attempt at making waffles, on my new oven top waffle iron. It worked perfectly. Deliciously simple. Only 90 second a side on a medium gas heat.
16th Mar, 2019
Yummy! The first batch were a bit underdone so still a bit stodgy in the middle but I left the rest in for longer (I was less impatient once I'd tasted the first!) and they were great. Don't hesitate to leave in for a good 5 mins. Totally doing this again!
6th Jan, 2019
It was the tiniest bit chewy but all in all I think it was pretty good!
Minoo's picture
30th May, 2016
I'd never made waffles before but this worked for me. They turned out soggier than expected but I think that might be down to the design on my waffle maker more than the mix. I made half the recipe and it made 8 waffles in my machine.
Bethany Poyser
3rd Mar, 2019
Why dose it take 30 min
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. It takes 30 mins as you need to cook the waffles in batches.
20th May, 2018
Can you freeze any leftover mix for another day?
goodfoodteam's picture
21st May, 2018
Thanks for your question. This recipe has a lightness to it due to the whisked egg whites and bicarbonate of soda. We'd recommend using it immediately for best results.
9th Jan, 2018
Can l make them the day before and crisp them up in the oven for breakfast?
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. They'll be at their best if cooked on the day but yes you can. Cool them thoroughly, then wrap well until ready to heat through.
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