If you love morning waffles, then you surely like them cooked perfectly. They should be crispy on the outside, while soft on the inside. If it is limp, it’s probably because of moisture.
Moisture is needed to make sure that the waffles are tender. However, too much of it will soften the outer crust of the waffles quickly. Using lots of buttermilk can be tricky as well, since it tends to make the batter heavier, resulting to less crispy waffles.
Here are some tips to help you out:
- Add milk
If you want to make your waffles crispier and lighter, it’s a great idea to add milk into the batter. Simply swap half of the buttermilk for regular milk. It will give the batter a lighter texture without removing the rich flavor of buttermilk. Whole milk, skim milk, or almond milk works well.
- Make sure the waffle iron is hot
How hot the waffle iron is makes a huge difference. If the iron is not hot enough, you won’t be able to achieve that golden, crispy waffles. They will be squishy and soggy instead.
So, make sure that it’s really hot before putting the batter. It’s also a good option to brush it with butter to add more flavor. The waffles will begin to cook instantly as they are poured into the griddle. The crust will start to set and become crispy. You will actually hear sizzling sounds.
To make sure that the iron is hot, let it warm for about 5 minutes. Some may take longer to heat, though. But don’t worry. You just need to flick a drop of water on the griddle to check if it’s already hot. If the water sizzles and evaporates immediately, it’s ready.
- Try baking the finished waffles
Cooking in a waffle iron then baking them afterwards may seem redundant, but this is one of the best methods for making crispy waffles.
Yes, even the best waffle iron can fall short when it comes to removing all the moisture inside the waffles. So, put them in the oven to keep the evaporation process going without burning the crust. This method will also keep the waffles warm until they’re ready to serve.
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees before you start cooking your waffles. Make sure to place a cooling rack inside the baking sheet, then place it in the oven. This will help lift the waffles of the baking sheet easily and allow air to circulate on all sides.
As you finish cooking in the waffle iron, put it in the oven. Arrange them so that they crisp evenly. This will also ensure that no steam is trapped between the layers. Let them bake for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Now that you know the tips in making crispy waffles, it’s time to cook. Make sure that the waffle iron is hot and add butter for more flavor. Good luck!