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Best Basic Waffles Recipe

This weekend I gave Corrine Kozlak’s recipe for Best Basic Waffles with warm maple syrup a try. I loved the outcome, and I’m sure you will too. Corrine is the author of our Maple Syrup: 40 Tried & True Recipes cookbook. 


This is Corrine’s favorite basic waffle recipe because it works well every time—and she has tried it in three different waffle irons! This recipe appeals to those who like a crisper waffle. 

(Makes 6 waffles) 

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
4 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 cups milk
2 eggs
1⁄3 cup butter, melted and cooled 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered 
Toppings: softened butter, warmed maple syrup 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt; make a well in center of mixture. 


In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla to combine. Pour milk mixture into well of flour mixture and gently combine. Let batter rest 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss strawberries with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Let stand at least 20 minutes or until strawberries become syrupy. 

Heat a lightly greased waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. (It usually takes about 1⁄2 cup batter per waffle.) Keep waffles crisp in a low-temperature oven until ready to serve. If necessary, reheat waffles on buttered waffle iron for 30 seconds. Serve with strawberries and desired toppings. 


About the author: Corrine Kozlak started her own business as a food stylist more than 20 years ago, and it still feels like an honor every time she sees her work in print. 

Helping promoting the book is Corrine’s great-niece, who loves the waffles, of course!

This cookbook is the culmination of what she has learned about creating, testing, and adapting recipes, as well as styling food. Corrine currently lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband of 40 years and their beloved dog, Boone.

If you enjoyed this post, sign up for our newsletter now! You may also enjoy Corrine’s recipe for a yummy Bloody Mary with maple syrup bacon and lots of garnishes. 

Maple Syrup is part of Adventure Publications’ Nature’s Favorite Foods Cookbooks series, which includes BlueberriesRhubarbSquash, Maple Syrup and soon to be published Apples.

Liliane Opsomer

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