Cornmeal Buttermilk Waffles

October  2, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Quality cornmeal is an absolute must for the success of these incredible waffles. I recommend Bob's Red Mill fine grind cornmeal, with a little medium grind mixed in for extra crunch.

You can freeze any uneaten waffles and pop them in a toaster to enjoy on days when a quick breakfast is imperative. —Jonathan Heuer

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup flour (white or whole wheat pastry)
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/8 cup oil, vegetable or canola
  1. Sift together the first six ingredients and set aside. Good cornmeal will have some chunkier bits that won't go through the sifter; that's fine, just dump them in.
  2. Separate the egg.
  3. Mix together egg yolk, milk, buttermilk, vanilla and oil. Add this wet mixture to the dry.
  4. Whip egg white with sugar until you have soft peaks.
  5. Gently fold egg whites into the mixture until evenly distributed.
  6. Add batter to preheated waffle iron, and cook until done.

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4 Reviews

Julie R. May 10, 2019
The flavor of these is great, but I have a question. These stuck in my iron pretty badly. I was able to pry them out and salvage them, but they weren't pretty (still delicious, though). I make waffles a lot, (usually the same recipe - cooks illustrated yeasted overnight waffles) and never have this problem with my iron. I even put some oil on the iron, which I don't ever do with the other recipe, but they still stuck. Any suggestions?
Jonathan H. May 10, 2019
Mmm, that's disappointing. I have occasional sticking problems, but generally not too bad (and we've taken to using our Proctor Silex waffle irons for other things, like tater tots). Sounds like you have a well-conditioned iron; unfortunately I don't have any ideas for remedies.
rebeck September 25, 2014
Best. Waffles. Ever.
luvcookbooks October 2, 2011
Saving this to try for anniversary brunch, thanks!