Yeasted Waffles are one of my favorites because the batter is made the night before (convenient for a quick breakfast on busy mornings or when entertaining) and the yeast in the waffles helps yield the most delicious flavor, perfect crispy exterior and light and soft interior.

Some of my other make-ahead breakfast favorites include my Perfect Cinnamon Rolls, Breakfast Casserole, or Brioche French Toast.

A plate with an overnight Yeasted Waffle topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Why I love these waffles:

  • Flavor and Texture: Yeasted waffles achieve that perfect light and fluffy interior, and crisp exterior that you’d expect from fancy restaurant waffles, because they contain yeast, whipped eggs whites, and baking soda. Each of those ingredients plays an important role in texture and rise of the waffles, and the yeast also adds a rich flavor.
  • Make Ahead – Only takes a few minutes of prep the night before, for a quick and easy breakfast the next morning.
  • Pantry Ingredients – No trips to the store; you probably have everything on hand to make them.

How to Make Yeasted Waffles:

Make Batter – Add milk and butter to a large microwave safe bowl and warm until butter has melted. Cool to lukewarm. Add flour, salt, sugar, and yeast to a mixing bowl and stir. Whisk in milk mixture.

Refrigerate yeasted waffle batter in a covered bowl overnight (6-24 hours).

Two process photos for making the batter for yeasted waffles.

Finish batter the next morning: Separate egg yolks and whites. Mix the yolks, baking soda, and vanilla then add to the batter. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks then fold into the batter.

Spoon batter onto greased and preheated waffle iron. Cook until golden and crisp.

Two images showing stiff egg whites being folded into a yeasted belgian waffle batter, then after a waffle is cooked in a waffle iron.

Serve crispy yeasted waffles immediately with homemade syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries. They can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

Maple syrup being poured on a stack of crispy yeasted waffles, topped with blueberries and sliced strawberries.

Storage and Freezing Instructions:

Store cooked waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in 250 degrees F oven, or in the toaster or air fryer.

To Freeze: yeasted waffles may be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months. Reheat in 250 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes.

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Recipe

A plate with an overnight Yeasted Waffle topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Refrigerate Overnight 8 hours
Total 8 hours 20 minutes
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Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Add milk and butter to a large microwave safe bowl (or pot on the stove) and warm until butter has melted. Allow to cool until lukewarm.
  • Add flour, salt, sugar and yeast to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Gradually whisk in milk mixture.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate batter overnight (6 to 24 hours).
  • Preheat waffle iron. Separate egg yolks and whites. Mix the yolks, baking soda and vanilla and add to batter. Beat the whites until stiff peaks, then fold into the batter.
  • Spoon batter into greased waffle iron. Cook until golden and crisp.
  • Serve waffles immediately or keep warm in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve with homemade syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries

Notes

Store cooked waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in 250 degrees F oven, or in the toaster or air fryer.
To Freeze: yeasted waffles may be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months. Reheat in 250 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes.
Waffle Iron: This article ranks several good options, for anyone’s budget. 

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 12gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 499mgPotassium: 254mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 729IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 3mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2021. Updated July 2022 and March 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    These waffles are, quite simply, amazing! Crispy on the outside, light, buttery, and fluffy on the inside. My whole family raved about them. Not sure how we will ever go back to regular waffles. Most of the prep is done the night before so the morning prep is fairly easy. These waffles are a breakfast changer!