Erin McDowell

What’s the meaning of life? Is karma real? Why can’t waffles taste more like doughnuts? These are the questions that keep us up at night. So in the hopes of sleeping a little bit better, we asked our recipes editor for help. First, we make the batter with yeast so the waffles are light and fluffy--just prepare the batter, then let it rise overnight in the fridge. When you wake up the next morning, pour the batter onto a waffle iron and cook for a few minutes. Finally, to take these waffles straight into doughnut territory, toss the warm rounds in cinnamon sugar. One question down, two to go.

PureWow Waffles

A PureWow Original Recipe

  • Makes about 8 medium waffles
  • Prep: 30 minutes; Rise: Overnight

Ingredients

Waffles

2 teaspoons yeast

½ cup warm water

1¾ cups milk

6 tablespoons melted butter

2 eggs

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

Pinch of salt

Pinch of cinnamon

Cinnamon Sugar

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions

1. Make the batter: In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk with the melted butter, eggs and vanilla to combine. Gradually mix in the yeast mixture.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, salt and cinnamon to combine. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

4. Make the waffles: Preheat the waffle iron, and preheat the oven to 200°. Lightly spray the plates of the iron with nonstick cooking spray, ladle batter into the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the waffle is done, remove it with tongs and place it on a baking sheet.

5. Make the cinnamon sugar: In a large, shallow bowl, mix the sugar with the cinnamon to combine. Toss the hot waffles in the cinnamon sugar, then return to the baking sheet. Keep the waffles warm in the preheated oven while you cook the rest of the batter.

6. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream, icing or syrup.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Can’t eat them all? You can freeze the leftovers: Place the waffles on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour, then wrap them tightly in plastic or foil for long-term freezer storage. The waffles can be reheated in the oven (5 to 7 minutes at 350°) or by toasting until golden brown.

  • Try making chocolate waffles by replacing 2 tablespoons of the flour with cocoa powder.