If you love Belgian or yeast waffles you are in luck! These easy overnight waffles are light, fluffy, and rich in flavor! Plus, since the batter is prepared the night before all you have to do is wake up and throw them in the waffle iron for a delicious easy breakfast!
My family is basically obsessed with breakfast foods. We eat them breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sort of consider ourselves connoisseurs. Now, let me say, these are the BEST YEAST WAFFLES EVER. They have amazing flavor, nice and crisp on the outside with a light and fluffy interior. I can assure you these overnight waffles are hard to beat!
Although the batter sits overnight, they are just as easy to throw together as normal waffles, and in the morning you will be so grateful you took the time the night before!
Yeast waffles, also known as Belgian Waffles or overnight waffles, are basically waffles where the batter is made in advance and uses yeast. This combination produces deeper grid patterns and a lighter, fluffier batter! The contrast and flavor take these waffles over the top.
I can assure you once you’ve made this recipe it will be your new go-to waffle. Our kids request them for their birthday breakfasts and basically any special occasion!
Some people are intimidated by the term “overnight waffles;” don’t be! All this means is that the batter needs time to settle. Why? So that the waffles are nice and fluffy! Rather than being stressful, it actually makes these waffles quicker to throw together in the morning!
You can throw them together in five minutes at night after the kids have gone to bed, so then in the morning we are ready to roll.
Here’s a couple quick pictorials to break down the steps for you!
How to Make Yeast Waffles
Here are the simple steps for making the waffle batter, this is the part you will complete the night before!
Top Left – Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl.
Top Right – Add in milk, butter and vanilla.
Bottom Left – Stir to combine.
Bottom Right – Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave out overnight.
Here is what the next morning will look like!
Top Left – Separate your eggs and stir the yolks into the batter. Beat your egg whites until they hold soft peaks and then fold them into the batter. Beating the egg whites ensures a fluffier texture.
Top Right – Heat your waffle iron and spray with cooking spray (do this between each waffle). Add batter to waffle iron; ours uses about 1/3 cup per waffle. This may vary depending on the size of your waffle iron.
Bottom Left – Cook your waffle.
Bottom Right – Your waffle is done when it is golden brown in color and no longer doughy.
Top your waffles with anything you like! A few of our favorites are whipped cream, syrup, fresh fruit, nutella, cookie butter and jam! Also, we love having friends over for a waffle bar where we set up all the toppings and everyone can make their waffle just how they like it!
These waffles are a great way to affordably feed a crowd for a party or gathering.
Here are a few quick frequently asked questions and then we will get to the delicious recipe!
Can I make this recipe the morning of if I forgot to do it the night before?
Yes! If you forgot to prepare your batter the night before you can absolutely still prepare these in the morning, and they will be delicious; however, letting the batter sit overnight does take them to the next level, and we recommend it if you can.
Can I save leftover batter?
Yes! Leftover batter can be stored safely in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
Can I freeze yeast waffles?
Yes! You can save leftover waffles in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for up to six months. I like to let my waffles cool completely then combine them into ziplock bags to store.
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Easy Overnight Waffles
- 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 8 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- vegetable oil or cooking spray
- The evening before you want to eat these prepare your batter.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and then stir in milk, butter and vanilla one at a time.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave out overnight at room temperature.
- The next morning, spray your waffle maker or brush it lightly with your oil.
- While griddle is heating, separate your eggs and stir the yolks into your batter.
- Beat your egg whites until they hold soft peaks, then fold them into your batter as well.
- Bake your waffles in your waffle iron, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Can I make this recipe the morning of if I forgot to do it the night before?Yes! If you forgot to prepare your batter the night before you can absolutely still prepare these in the morning and they will be delicious, however, letting the batter sit overnight does take them to the next level and we recommend it if you can.
Can I save leftover batter?Yes! Leftover batter can be stored safely in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
Can I freeze them?Yes! Leftover waffles can be saved in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for up to six months. I like to let my waffles cool completely then combine them into ziplock bags to store.
The other thing that makes a big difference is what kind of waffle maker you use. You want a good one, trust me! Here are a couple of our faves:
Oster Ceramic Flip Waffle Maker
I promise you won’t regret adding this yeast waffle recipe to your rotation, good luck!
This post was originally published on August 31, 2015 and has been updated with better pictures and more detailed information.