In my humble opinion, the best waffles and pancakes are crisp and golden-brown on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside. I’m not a big fan of dense waffles or pancakes, because they always leave me feeling too full and like I need a nap just to digest properly. Not a very productive way to start the day! But how do you ensure that your waffles will turn out light and fluffy instead of dense and overly filling? Well I’m glad you asked, because that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you today! :-)
The Secret To Making Fluffier Waffles And Pancakes
My mom made the best waffles when I was a kid (and still does, from time to time!) I eventually learned what she did differently that made her waffles so light and delicious. It turns out that the “secret ingredient” was whipped egg whites! My mom would simply whip a few egg whites until they formed soft peaks, then carefully fold them into her waffle batter. This simple step was the key to her waffles turning out light, airy, and oh-so-delicious. And you can do it too! Just add 1 whipped egg white to every 2 servings of waffle or pancake batter you’re planning on making.
As a bonus, I thought I’d include the “recipe” for my personal favorite version of waffles. Back when I was a little girl, every holiday and celebration started off with a breakfast of Strawberry Waffles! But you certainly don’t need to wait for a special occasion to make them. :-) This is one of the many tasty recipes you can find in my latest eBook My Favorite Family Recipes. Check it out in my shop, or download it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!
6 servings of prepared waffle mix
3 egg whites
1 cup frozen sliced strawberries
1 Tbsp sugar
Whipped cream for serving
Put your egg whites into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Use a mixer to whip the egg whites to soft peaks. (You can also use your stand mixer if you have one.)
Carefully fold the egg whites into the prepared waffle batter. (Be careful not to over-mix. You don’t want your egg whites to lose all the air you whipped into them!)
In a separate bowl, sprinkle the frozen sliced strawberries with the tablespoon of sugar. Use a potato masher to mash the strawberries until they achieve a sauce-like consistency.
Carefully spoon your waffle batter onto a preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until they are golden-brown and a bit crispy on the outside.
Serve them topped with the strawberry sauce and a big dollop of whipped cream!