Sunday morning. It’s quiet and overcast. The perfect light for photographing these whole wheat waffles. The Civil Wars are playing in the background from the speakers of Kev’s computer. Nothing fancy. $3 fresh flowers from the store sit on the messy table that needs to be cleaned. Something about it all reminds me, winter is just a season. The fog will soon lift. And the streets will bustle with activity and noise. But the quiet, that awkward, revealing sound I so often avoid, is majestic right now.
I’m making our favorite weekend whole wheat waffles, a recipe I’ve been playing with for months now, tweaking, an inch at a time, until they come out perfect, light and crispy. It happened this morning. So crispy on the outside you can hear the fork break through. But so tender in the middle it softens the initial blow. They soak up the messy maple syrup while still holding their shape. All the while cradling the blueberries we had on hand.
The dishes sit on the table exactly where we left them. After breakfast, we linger in the quiet a little longer, waiting to go to church, which doesn’t start until well after lunch. I’m still full from the waffles. We head to church. But this time it’s not out of routine. For awhile, a long while, that’s all that it was. But that’s a conversation for another day. We’re welcomed by a symphony of guitars, three, playing calmly in the background. And almost to a crescendo, the service begins with a clang of silence. We pause for meditation.
“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” —Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Many months have passed where I couldn’t hear it. Not that I was trying to. I’m good at filling the blank spaces. But today I hear it. That awkward, revealing silence. The hum of the house. The beat of my heart through my ear canal. The car driving by on the uneven road. The crunch of the fork breaking through the whole wheat waffle. And somehow, somehow it has turned into a beautiful, majestic sound.
A delicious, simple whole wheat waffle recipe designed to ensure a light, fluffy interior and crispy edges.
5 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 1/2 c. room temperature whole milk 1 large egg 2 tbsp. fresh orange juice 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour 2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 2 tbsp. pure cane sugar 1/8 tsp. baking soda
Heat waffle iron on high heat. I set mine to 5 (out of 6). This will help to create an initial crispy exterior. Preheat oven to 250°F degrees, and line a baking sheet with a cooling rack. Set aside.
Melt the butter over low heat on the stove until half melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool and finish melting. This will help to bring down the temperature of the butter down so that it doesn’t re-harden when meeting the chill of the milk.
Add all of the the dry ingredients to a medium bowl, and stir to combine.
Slowly whisk in the milk to the cooled butter. If the butter begins to harden, that means it’s still a bit too warm. In that case, add it back onto the stovetop on low to pull the chill off. You’ll get the rhythm of this simple method soon enough.
Whisk in the egg, orange juice, and vanilla extract into the milk mixture until evenly combined.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Tiny lumps may remain.
Add batter to heated waffle iron. Amount will vary depending on size of waffle iron. I typically err on the side of less batter. Remove cooked waffle and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet with cooling rack, being sure not to stack. Repeat.
Place baking sheet in the oven to re-crisp waffles before serving. Note: Stacking or placing waffles directly on the baking sheet causes waffles to become limp due to the steam. When placing on a cooling rack, the heat is able to hit and crisp all sides of the waffle. Waffles are ready when crisp to the touch.
Meanwhile, prepare any fruit, and warm the maple syrup. Serve. We like ours with a dollop of plain whole milk yogurt, coconut shreds, and whatever else sounds good that morning.
Save leftovers covered in the fridge. Reheat in toaster to warm and crisp. Heating in the microwave will cause waffles to soften.
If you’re without orange juice, substitute with milk and a splash of orange extract or a quick grate of citrus zest. The citrus helps to cut any bitterness of the whole wheat flour.
I prefer to cook with White Whole Wheat Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour as it tends to be less gummy and bitter than traditional Whole Wheat Flour when used in recipes developed for all-purpose flour.
Hi Melissa! This looks like an amazing recipe and I will try to do it tmrw! Just one question regarding the microwave part. I don’t have a microwave in my kitchen, so can I melt the butter on the stovetop and the milk too?
Hi Shaikha! You can absolutely do that. I developed this recipe when we had a microwave and now we don’t. I should update this. I typically melt the butter until half melted and then let the heat of the pan and the butter to melt the rest while also cooling the mixture and then add the milk.
I made your waffles today and they turned out really great!
I recently received a waffle iron for my birthday after we had, for a few years, quite unsuccessfully tried to use our old one, not believing that it probably was due to the iron that the waffles never came out right.
I made your waffles with coconut oil, cashew milk and an egg replacer and tried it with 1/3rd of the batter for just me (my waffle iron is one of those with the five heart-shaped petals) and was kind of over-optimistic when pouring the batter into the iron 😉 So the batter was flowing out of the waffle iron and I was already seeing myself scrubbing the thing for an hour, but after 7 minutes the waffle was absolutely perfect and the batter held so well together that even most of the overflown stuff came off directly. I was so surprised and happy and the waffle was really crispy on the outside as well – at least at the one end where the waffle was not far too thick for my poor waffle iron 😉
I will definitely make these again, thank you!
Could I use almond milk in place of regular dairy milk in this recipe?
I haven’t tried it myself, but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it turns out it you do!
I just tried it and it was wonderful! I used almond milk in place and it was great. Best waffle recipe I’ve made.
Delicious. And easy. Thanks!
I made these for our Easter brunch. Fabulous, crispy on the outside and flavor was great. I used 1/3 regular whole wheat, 2/3 all-purpose flour. This will be my go-to recipe. Thanks!
can these be made with regular whole wheat flour? they look delicious.
They definitely can! They are a little more wheat-y tasting. But you can always sub in a little all-purpose for the wheat to balance it out.
These are the best waffles I’ve ever made! Loved that there’s no egg white folding! Thanks for the recipe!!!
Yeah! So glad you liked them! Thanks for reporting back! I never found that folding egg whites helped, and it just made for another dirty bowl.
I’ve been looking for a good whole-wheat waffles recipe, thank you!
Beautiful pictures, again.
We had our yearly ice storm in OK last night, so of course I woke up thinking that I needed to run out and buy a waffle maker. I also needed a waffle recipe to christen said waffle maker. So I googled “waffles” and wasn’t satisfied the results. So my next google search, naturally, was “melissa coleman waffles”. I have no real reason why, except apparently I associate you with the goodness of waffles. These were truly amazing!
Yum and yum! Definitely going to pin this 🙂 Beautiful post as well, my friend.
weekend waffles with whole wheat flour sounds like ultimate thing to do each weekend.. your pics are wonderful as always 🙂
The quiet Sunday is something I relish – thanks for such a beautiful reminder. I think I know what I’ll be making tomorrow morning.
Lovely. I could almost hear those waffles, really.
I’m happy that you have intention and beautiful (and all unique) silent moments and perfect waffles in your life, sweet lady. Love this post. You’re great.
Nothing better than waffles for breakfast. These sound lovely!
Melissa, I LOVE this post. You are continually inspiring me. I went a little fauxmartha crazy this past week and literally made one of your recipes every night!! I made your no rise pizza crust, pesto pasta, black bean tacos, enchiladas, lasagna, taco soup and pop tarts. It was a great “fauxmartha-week”. 🙂
Yum! Can you please send me a tall stack of those?
i am beyond excited to try these…. have been looking for a palatable whole wheat recipie for AGES…
Ahhh Sundays. Thanks for sharing your waffle recipe- you know I can’t wait to try it! xoxo
I want to hear more about why you can’t hear the silence…you intrigue me dear lady. I’m hoping you’ll be making these for me next week, we have a lot of cooking to do and no time to do it in. Lovely post and beauty shots that turn up the drool factor to 10.
This was such a beautiful post Melissa, you write so wonderfully (and make such incredible looking food).
I really need to get a waffle iron… my husband would love these!
Thank you for the beautiful words about “quiet moments”–they are so precious.
You must get a waffle iron. Changed our breakfast-loving life. We got ours (a Waring Pro) from Costco for only $40.00. It’s a good one.
Beautiful post Melissa… the waffles aren’t bad either ; )
Have a great week.
Love the unique addition of orange juice. Can’t wait to try them!
I forgot to mention, the orange juice helps cut the acidity of the wheat making it more palatable. Maybe a soon to be tip of the week!
I am such a big fan of waffles. These look super healthy, and I could definitely make these.
these look like perfection