Easy, no mess, Shake and Bake Buttermilk Waffle Mix in a Jar! Yep, all the dry ingredients just go straight into the jar, which can be stored for in the cupboard for at least a few months, and then in go the wet ingredients (just water, eggs, and butter or oil) and then you shake that sucker, and then you bake your waffles!
To quote Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly, “SHAKE & BAKE, BABY! SHAKE & BAKE!”. Needless to say, that is not a quote from his Oscar winning role, which was in Chicago, which is an awesome movie. Now, to the topic at hand. Shake and bake BUTTERMILK waffle mix in a jar! Going camping? Going on vacay? Got a friend who just bought a waffle machine? Did you just buy a waffle machine? Have you always had a waffle machine? Are you doomsday prepping? If you answered yes to any of the above, then it’s your lucky day my friend.
This waffle mix is for buttermilk waffles – but you don’t actually add any buttermilk to them. The buttermilk goes into the mix in powdered form. I did it that way because buttermilk is not really an ingredient that I would take with me camping or to a rented beach spot, but it does make for the most delicious waffles. And it turns out that powdered buttermilk is not that hard to find – a lot of health shops stock it, and you can get it online from all the usual suspects if you’re averse to leaving the house (I’m looking at you, doomsday preppers).
These waffles are classic waffles. They’re crispy (hallelujah), but still fluffy on the inside, and they keep really well in a low oven, which is essential unless people are eating them one at a time as they cook. They play very well with all the usual suspects of a waffle brunch – maple, butter, bacon, berries, sour cream, jam, eggs, sausages, whatever – and they even freeze damn well, perfect for jamming in the toaster as a late night snack.
The reason I love this recipe so much is the fact that it’s a shake and bake situation. All the ingredients just go straight into the jar with the mix, which can be stored basically until whatever the used by date is on your buttermilk powder, then you shake that sucker up with some wet ingredients and you’re ready to go. Kids in particular will LOVE this, and it makes for the minimum amount of washing up, which is so so so important on holiday. No dumping out into a bowl required. No whisk needed. Nothing! I love that.
Bonus point, this is up there with the best possible gifts a person could receive; imagine getting a breakfast hamper with a jar of waffle mix, some cultured butter, syrup, and the two eggs you need for the mix. You could even throw in a waffle maker for a really special occasion. Blammo, you’ve made a friend for life. Not too shabby.
- 1 cup (150g) plain flour
- 1 + ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tbsp buttermilk powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (250ml) water
- 50g (2oz) butter, melted
- Place all the ingredients for the dry mix into a large 1 Litre (40oz) jar, shake the jar to mix everything up, and then store until you want waffles.
- When you want waffles, light beat 2 eggs together, and add them to the jar along with the water and the butter, and then secure the lid tightly, and shake until well incorporated (don't worry too much about lumps).
- Bake in a waffle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions until dark golden brown and crispy. Serve with maple syrup and butter!