‘Friends, Waffles, Work …or Waffles, Friends, Work, but either way, work comes last.’ – Leslie Knope
If there’s one topic on which Leslie Knope is my guru, it’s Waffles. From what I’ve observed, she appears to like them big, fluffy, golden brown, slightly crisp and absolutely COVERED in whipped cream. More power to her.
And darn it, that is a great way to eat a waffle! I am a little more flexible on my waffles, I like all kinds. Belgian, chocolate chip, fresh fruit, maple-doused, oat-based, huevos-style, made with beer or scented with vanilla.
But if I had to pick a waffle to rule them all, it would be this waffle. A good old, crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle Buttermilk Waffle.
No whipping up egg whites, no cornstarch (a trick which I do not love), no overnight rise. Just a one-bowl, buttermilk batter, enriched with plenty of melted butter and only slightly sweetened. All the better to compliment your maple syrup.
You know what’s strange? Prior to shooting this recipe, I had never had a waffle with whipped cream. I don’t know if we’re just a little more health-conscious here in Australia than in Pawnee, but it’s pretty rare that you’ll see whipped cream on the breakfast table.
I totally get it though. I mean, there aren’t a lot of things that can’t be improved with whipped cream. Waffles and whipped cream go together like peas and carrots – better even!
Also, can we talk about how sad we are now that Parks and Rec is finished? I haven’t seen the final episode (or even season 6) yet, so no spoilers! But just to know that it’s over and we won’t get any more is such a bummer.
It was such a pleasure to watch a show that was gut-bustingly funny, but also full of kick-ass ladies, hilarious non-asshole dudes, and so many cool, positive relationships.
If we didn’t all live on crazy, opposite sides of the world from each other (seriously, we got folks in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands…) then I would suggest we all get together for a big Parks and Rec reminiscing session.
I, of course, will bring the waffles.
P.S. I hope you had a quality weekend! And are you a Parks and Rec fan, like myself?
- 1 + ¾ cups (260g) plain flour
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarb soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 + ¾ cups (435ml) buttermilk
- ¾ stick (85g) butter, melted
- Fruit, whipped cream, and syrup to serve
- Preheat your waffle iron, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Place the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and make a well in the centre.
- Crack in the eggs, and beat with a fork to break them up.
- Add in the buttermilk and melted butter, and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. It will be lumpy - that's a good thing.
- Bake the waffles in your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. I like to cook these at a medium-high setting.
- Keep the waffles warm in a low oven, and then serve with whipped cream, fruit and syrup.
Leslie would have been proud of these waffles. I’m so sad that parks is finished, it truly was the funniest show on tv and one of the few that I laughed at. Season 6 and 7 are amazing, you should watch them ASAP!!
I LOVE waffles! These look fantastic Sarah! I want a waffle maker so bad.
I was eating waffles to Parks and recreation last ep !! Heart broken it finished however we can live on the memories with these waffles. I am still staring at the photographs Sarah.
So sad it’s over but Now will forever refer to the bathroom as the whiz palace!
YES!!! WHIZ PALACE FOREVER!
I currently do not have a favorite buttermilk waffle recipe! I keep trying different ones out and none of them seem perfect…definitely need to try these!!
I made waffles the night we watched the Parks finale…and it was definitely bittersweet. It’s such an amazing show!
Yay waffles! Robert and I are so weird in our tv watching habits … I mean, we’re watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer right now, for god’s sake. We need to add Parks and Rec to our lineup because I’ve heard too many good things! (PS I love that now when I read your blog posts I can hear your voice since listening to you on that podcast)
Yes to all of this!!!! We just watched the last season over the weekend — Leslie Knope, you have my heart forever. As do these WAFFLES. They look incredible!! Especially with that whipped cream — perfection. Enjoy the last two seasons!
Parks and rec… I miss it already. I watched the last episodes this weekend. This is a great tribute to Leslie!
Love your blog btw!
Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside? Sound like my perfect waffles!
Completely perfect, Sarah! I can’t think of anything I love more than waffles right now.
Oooh, I’m all over these waffles! What’s not to like about crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle? Nothing, I say! :D
I was given a waffle maker when i got married, but it only makes two small waffles. Is it silly that I feel like waffles need to be round? Maybe the maker I have with mysteriously disappear… ;)
I’m a huge fan of waffles and Parks and Rec. I’ll probably cry when I get to the last episode, but we watch on Netflix, so I have a little while longer.
these waffles are completely flawless and gorgeous!!! They look so yummmmyy
I’ve just finished making these. the consistency of the mix is a lot easier to work with than the Belgian waffles recipe containing yeast. I found I had to add more milk to that one to make it easier to pour onto the waffle maker. this recipe is perfect though I did add less baking soda just because I find that too much gives a strange after taste.
these waffles were light and fluffy and a little crispy on the outside but be careful not to pour too much mix into the waffle maker as I did first time as it expands really well!