Perfectly crisp on the outside and fabulously fluffy on the inside, these malted waffles are just sensational!
For me, few things beat gloriously golden brown waffles for a comforting breakfast to kick start the day. These babies are beautiful – and they’re so easy to make!
Why you’ll love these malted waffles
- So simple to make – you can whip up these waffles in next to no time
- An excellent recipe that the whole family will love
- Adaptable – keep them simple for a healthy start to the day; add some sweet toppings and go full-on decadent and delicious!
- Once you’ve mastered this malted waffle recipe, you can tweak it and put your style into it.
- You can freeze them for later!
Special equipment needed
There are a few important items you’ll need to get the best out of this malted waffle recipe. Here are some of my top tips, for any aspiring waffle-whipper-upper:
- Waffle iron – invest in a quality waffle maker. Once you’ve got the knack, you’ll be making them every weekend!
- Mixing bowl – you’ll need this to whisk up your flour mixture
- Stand mixer– set your stand mixer to low and let it do all the work. You’ll achieve perfectly smooth, wonderfully fluffy waffles every time!
- Wire rack – cooling your waffles on a wire rack means the steam can escape and your waffles can keep that delicious crispy exterior
How to make malted waffles
Don’t over-mix the batter! Gentle mixing will give you fluffy waffles.
What to serve with malted waffles
- Keep it simple, and add a knob of butter to the top of each waffle. Then watch it slowly melt and drizzle over the waffle… pure heaven!
- Sweeten the deal and add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
- Add fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries.
- Take it to the next level and serve with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. I recommend my Ferrero Roche ice cream or my no churn peanut butter Oreo ice cream. You could also add a generous dollop of whipped cream.
- You could even add shaved chocolate, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce to get a flavor that calls malted milk balls to mind!
Variations to this recipe
Make these waffles gluten-free by using all-purpose gluten-free flour.
Popular substitutions for this malted waffle recipe
- Instead of greasing the waffle iron by wiping it with a block of butter, you can spray it with cooking spray instead.
- If you can’t find vanilla bean paste, I recommend substituting it for vanilla extract. Substitute at a like-for-like ratio; so, one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Make sure your waffle iron has fully preheated before adding the waffle batter. This includes in-between batches – once you’ve made one batch, close the waffle iron and let it heat up again before adding the batter for the second batch of waffles.
- Use room-temperature eggs if possible. I get it – it’s not always easy first thing in the morning when you’re in “I need waffles, and I need them now!” mode… but room-temperature eggs will produce a smoother waffle batter.
- Don’t over-mix the waffle batter! Whisk the dry and wet ingredients together until combined – a simple, gentle mix will achieve that all-important fluffy texture. Over-mixing will cause tough waffles. Like chewing an old boot!
- Please feel free to serve waffles warm. Better yet, serve them warm with something cold for that delightful cold/warm mix!
What’s the difference between a malted waffle and a regular waffle?
A malted waffle is made with malted milk powder. This gives the waffles a slightly nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness.
How long do waffles take to cook?
If your waffle maker has a timer, you can sit back and let it do the work. If it doesn’t have a timer, check the waffles when the machine no longer produces steam. All the moisture has dispersed at this point, and your waffles should be good to go.
My malted waffles took about 7 minutes per waffle. They were golden brown and delicious!
How do you get waffles with a crispy exterior?
Preheat your waffle iron!
Having that high heat ready when it hits the waffle plate is vital to your waffle bat. This is the key to creating that delicious crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside texture.
Another critical point: when your waffles are cooling, they need space. Don’t pile them onto a plate because the steam won’t be able to evaporate entirely, and they’ll become soggy. Instead, cool them on a wire rack.
Can you make waffle batter ahead of time?
Yes, you can. If you want to make the mixture in advance, whisk up the ingredients and store the waffle batter in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to three days. Before using it, stir it.
Do I need to separate the egg whites from the egg yolks?
No… you can whisk whole eggs into the mix. While some other Belgian waffles recipes call for separating egg white from egg yolk, this is meant to be an easy malted waffle recipe – so, no need to beat egg whites until your arm goes numb! For this recipe, simplicity is bliss!
Can you freeze malted waffles?
Absolutely… this malt waffle recipe is perfectly freezable! Plus, making a big batch of waffles and then freezing them is an excellent idea. So, you can pop them in the toaster in the morning for instant homemade waffles!
To freeze malted waffles, allow them to fully cool, then arrange them on a baking tray. Place the tray in the freezer for 2 hours to flash freeze them.
Then, please place them in a ziplock freezer bag. This method of freezing prevents the waffles from sticking together. Then, when you want one, take it out of the bag and pop it into the toaster. Instant homemade waffles!
More wonderful waffle recipes
Got a taste for making waffles? I’ve got a whole load of fantastic waffle recipes for you to try:
- Eggnog waffles – start Christmas in style with this all-time classic festive breakfast recipe
- Dairy-free waffles – a lot easier than you’d think, with a flavor that will take your breath away!
- Oreo waffles – pure decadence, in the very best sense. These babies are out of this world!
- Zucchini waffles – that’s right, these waffles are made from zucchinis, and they’re absolutely wonderful