Quick Yeast Waffles – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Yeast waffles are particularly fluffy and crispy, but typically take hours to rest and rise. These quick yeast waffles are the answer! Fast, easy and so delicious!

Adding yeast to waffle batter is a surefire way to enhance waffles with extra rise and fluff, extra flavor, and extra crispiness on the outside. This recipe delivers all of that faster than ever!

Pour maple syrup onto two stacked waffles.

Add yeast to waffle batter

What’s the point of adding yeast to waffle batter?

While most waffle recipes call for leavening the batter with baking powder and/or baking soda, yeast can replace the leavening agent to create a deliciously fluffy waffle. It also offers a depth of flavor (similar to using sourdough as a starter for bread) that you don’t get with regular waffles.

For this recipe, the yeast foams in warm milk with a little sugar.

Active dry yeast or instant yeast can be used.

Yeast test in water in glass bowl.

Once the yeast is bubbling to let you know it’s okay, all the other ingredients are added.

  • Flour
  • salt + baking soda + baking soda
  • eggs
  • butter + vanilla

Most yeast waffle recipes that require a long resting time use only yeast. But to speed up this recipe and still get excellent light and fluffy results, we enlist the help of our old friends, Baking Powder and Baking Soda.

The three foaming agent ingredients work together to provide maximum lift and the perfect waffle texture.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a glass bowl.

Don’t mix too much

Mix this waffle batter until combined. Don’t overmix! A few small lumps are ok.

The waffle batter will benefit from a short break of 5-10 minutes. However, you can let it sit for more than an hour if your crazy schedule calls for a bit of flexibility (and frankly, probably longer, except that defeats the purpose of this “quicker” recipe, you know?).

Pour the drizzled waffle batter back into the glass bowl.

waffle maker

Fry the waffles on a hot waffle iron until golden brown and cooked through.

The beloved waffle maker I use is no longer available but is similar to this one which has excellent reviews. We’re probably the only people on earth who prefer square waffles to the ever-popular Belgian circle waffles.

Are you Team Circle Waffle or Team Square Waffle? 🤔

Cooked waffles on waffle maker.

I willingly ripped an innocent waffle in half to show you the perfect texture. I know it doesn’t translate well through the screen, but trust me the texture of these waffles is absolutely delightful.

Firm but soft, a bit creamy and so incredibly fluffy!

The taste is delicious. The waffles are slightly sweet with a hint of homey yeast that makes them so unique and so delicious!

Waffle split in half stacked on top of another waffle.

Why make yeast waffles?

You may be wondering why making yeast waffles the quick way is even worth making when there are other remarkable quick and easy waffle recipes out there (like this one!).

Well, first of all, we don’t want to be boring people who never try anything new, right? So with that in mind, yeast waffles are worth making!

But most of all, these quick yeast waffles deserve your attention because they really bring something special to the waffle table. You’re not just a “regular” waffle with yeast thrown in.

They’re essentially one of the best waffles I’ve ever had, and they’re the perfect combination of fluffy and fulfilling!

Fork with double stacked waffles on gray plate.

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Fork with a bite of waffles.

Fast yeast waffles

  • 2 ¼ cups Milk, preferably not skim milk
  • 3 tablespoon (40 G) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Instant or active dry yeast
  • 2 ¾ cups (390 G) all purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoon (86 G) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Place milk in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until warm, 100 degrees F, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. If it gets too hot, let cool to 110 degrees F before using Continue.

  • Add the sugar and yeast to the milk and stir. Let sit for 3-4 minutes until foamy.

  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, eggs, melted butter and vanilla and mix just until combined and there are no dry streaks. Don’t overmix. A few small lumps are ok. Let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.

  • Bake the waffles in a preheated waffle iron until golden and crispy. Serve warm with butter, syrup and/or other toppings of your choice.

Portion: 1 waffle, Calories: 308kcal, Carbohydrates: 41G, Protein: 9G, Fat: 11G, Saturated Fatty Acids: 6G, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 526mg, Fiber: 1G, Sugar: 8thG

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Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe using this recipe for overnight leavened waffles as a starting point and inspired by a recipe I saw in Cook’s Country magazine

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