Try these Overnight Raised Waffles made with yeast that cooks up light and crisp outside with a creamy inside. These waffles have a wonderful tangy flavor from the yeast; enjoy them with your favorite syrup or fruit topping.
This page may contain affiliate links, please see my full disclosure policy for details.
The first time I had these waffles my girls made them for a Mother's Day breakfast. Then they became our special breakfast for Christmas and Easter mornings. Then I made them for supper one night because we just couldn't wait for a holiday anymore. Yes, these waffles are our favorite.
What are overnight waffles?
If you haven’t had homemade raised waffles, you are in for a real treat.
- Raised waffles are made with yeast. Make the batter the night before so it can rise overnight and then cook in the morning.
- These delicious raised waffles bake up to a beautiful golden color that has a delightful crispness to them.
- The recipe uses only 1 teaspoon of sugar which helps the yeast grow, so the waffles are not very sweet
- Adding baking soda right before you cook the waffles makes them fluffy inside and crispy on the outside.
- These waffles hold up even with butter and maple syrup.
- Once everyone smells the wonderful yeasty aroma coming from your kitchen they will come running for the best waffles ever!
Let's make waffles
Since these are make-ahead waffles plan ahead!
Step 1. To make raised waffles, you need to start the batter the night before so it can raise. The batter will double in size so make sure to mix it in a large bowl.
Step 2. In a large bowl add the warm water and the yeast. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes for the yeast to dissolve.
Melt the butter while the yeast is dissolving.
Step 3. Add to the yeast mixture the butter, milk, flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk the ingredients to make a smooth batter.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight so it can rise. This can be kept in the fridge for 3 days.
Waffle tip #1
If you wish to make and cook these waffles on the same day, simply make the waffle batter and let it sit on the counter at room temperature for several hours to rise.
Step 4. In the morning, heat up your waffle iron. Take the waffle batter out of the fridge. This is where you can see how much it rises overnight.
Let your waffle maker heat up for at least 10-15 minutes. You want the griddle hot so when the batter goes on it immediately starts to cook and get crispy.
Step 5. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add them along with the baking soda to the batter and stir until completely mixed, then you are ready to go. The batter will deflate as you mix in the egg.
Step 6. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray after it has heated, then pour about a ⅓ to a ½ cup of the waffle batter onto the iron. The amount of batter does depend on your waffle maker.
Step 7. Cook until golden brown for about 3 to 4 minutes, and when the steam stops coming out of the sides of the griddle. Basically how long you cook a waffle does depend on your waffle maker, and honestly, it takes some trial and error to know how your griddle cooks.
Step 8. Serve your waffles hot off the griddle. You can also place the cooked waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet and keep them warm in a very low-heated oven, like 200 degrees F.
Leftover waffles can be kept in the refrigerator for several days and then reheated in the toaster.
Yeasted waffles hot off the griddle are just a delicious breakfast or brunch treat. Since these waffles are not sweet, these are the perfect waffles for make for a breakfast for dinner meal.
Try infusing your maple syrup with your favorite flavors, it's easy to do.
- Vanilla bean gives a sweet, woody flavor
- Orange peels add a wonderful citrus flavor
- Cinnamon or cardamom infuse a bit of spice
- Different types of tea impart a subtle flavor
- Slices of ginger give the syrup some zing
How to make tea-infused maple syrup
These waffles are amazing all on their own, but for some added extravagance (because you deserve it!) make some tea-infused maple syrup.
- Add your favorite tea flavor to maple syrup in a saucepan.
- Bring it to a simmer and let the flavors combine for about 10 minutes, then strain.
Yeasted waffles are considered a raised waffle that is leavened with yeast, and because of the yeast, this type of waffle cooks up nice and crispy. Regular waffles use baking powder and baking soda as a leavener and tend to be a little less firm and the interior is more spongy.
Most new waffles makers have an indicator light telling you when the waffles are done. However, the best indicator is when the steam stops coming out of the side of the waffle maker.
Once the batter is made, cover the bowl and keep it in the fridge for up to three days.
Yes, just let them completely cool and then place them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Simply pop a frozen waffle in your toaster to reheat.
More favorites for breakfast
If you like French toast try these Raspberry Filled French Toast Roll-Ups that are fruity and creamy.
For making these waffles I still love using the classic four-slice waffle iron. This griddle has a non-stick surface and makes nice golden brown waffles.
More dinner and breakfast recipes
Recipe from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham
Overnight Raised Waffles
As an Amazon Associate I earn income from qualifying purchases.Share on Facebook Pin Recipe GrowSaved!
Tea Infused Syrup
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons loose leaf tea you can also use a teabag
Making the waffle batter
- In a large bowl add the water then sprinkle in the yeast. Stir and let the yeast dissolve for about 5 minutes. Note: Use a very large bowl as the batter will double in size overnight.
- Add the milk, melted butter, flour, sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Whisk ingredients to make a smooth batter.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight or up to three days.
- When ready to make, heat the waffle iron, once the griddle is heated spray with cooking spray.
- Beat the eggs and add to the batter along with the baking soda and mix to completely combine.
- Pour the recommended amount of batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook to a golden brown with crispy exteriors. This is usually around ½ cup. You will notice steam coming out of the griddle, this is supposed to happen as it is cooking the moisture out of the batter.
- Let the waffle cook on the griddle for about five minutes. This does depend on the type of griddle you have. You can lift the lid when you think the waffle is done to see if it is golden brown. You can always cook the waffle a little longer if needed.
- Store any leftover waffles in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat the waffles in a toaster.
Tea Infused Syrup
- Pour the maple syrup into a small saucepan and add the loose leaf tea or a teabag, simmer for about 10 minutes to infuse the tea. When done strain the syrup and serve warm over waffles.
Thank you for stopping by the One Hot Oven blog. Please leave a comment to say Hello or just let me know what you are baking these days, I always love hearing from fellow bakers. Have any questions or just want to chat about the recipe? My contact information is on my about page, and I’ll be happy to help.
From learning to cook on a farm in Indiana to culinary school in California, my passion for food is never-ending. Turning on my oven to bake something for friends and family is my happy place, and I am glad to be here at One Hot Oven sharing both sweet and savory family-friendly recipes for your cooking and baking inspiration.