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Light and Fluffy Yeast Belgian Waffles

April 15, 2021 (Last updated April 21, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

Yeast Belgian Waffles are perfectly fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside! Enjoy for breakfast or a fabulous brunch with friends!

Some of my best memories growing up were sharing some delicious waffles with my family around our dining table.  I discovered yeast waffles after having them at a restaurant a few years ago and my life has not been the same since!

What is the difference between regular waffles and Belgian Waffles?

Although they have some similarities, there are a few key differences between regular waffles and Yeast Belgian Waffles

  • Traditionally, Belgian waffle batter uses yeast (like this recipe). However, you’ll still find some recipes out there that just use but there are recipes out there that just use baking powder and baking soda.
  • The batter for regular waffles is denser than that for Belgian waffles because of the yeast used in Belgian waffles. The batter expands more because of the yeast, so don’t try making Belgian waffles in a regular waffle maker. You’ll end up with a big mess! My favorite Belgian waffle maker is here
  • The deeper pockets in Belgian waffles hold more syrup and toppings!

In my opinion, the winner between the two is the yeast Belgian waffle! I love the extra surface area for toppings and the good stuff!

What if I don’t have buttermilk?

If you can’t find buttermilk at your local grocery store, don’t panic! You can make your own buttermilk at home! Simply combine 2 1/2 cups of milk with two and a half tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice and let it sit for 5 minutes.

yeast Belgian waffles topped with  whipped cream and strawberries on plate

Can you make Belgian waffles ahead of time?

Although yeast Belgian waffles taste the best straight from the iron, if you’re cooking for a crowd, you can make them ahead! Just preheat your oven to 250°F and place a metal wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet.

As you make each waffle, remove it from the iron and place it directly on the rack on the baking sheet to keep it warm. The wire rack will keep the air circulating around the waffle, ensure that it won’t get soggy, and stay crisp.

yeast Belgian waffles on plate topped with whipped cream and strawberries dusted with powdered sugar

What should I serve with waffles?

If you’re hosting a brunch, pair these fluffy beauties with:

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Homemade Granola and yogurt

Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart

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Yeast Belgian Waffles

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Belgium


Light and fluffy yeast waffles – perfect for breakfast! 



2 1/2 cups flour

2 1/2 tsp yeast

3 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 cups warm Buttermilk

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon


Put the dry ingredients in large bowl and use a whisk to break up any lumps. Warm your buttermilk and butter in a saucepan to 100 degrees (the perfect temperature to bloom yeast) add sugar and sprinkle yeast over top.  Let it bloom for 5 minutes.  If your yeast is active, it should start to bubble and have a very distinct yeast smell.

Mix your milk into your dry ingredients and add eggs, cinnamon and vanilla and whisk well to combine.  Let the mixture sit overnight. 

Pour your batter into a non-stick heated waffle iron and let cook until you have a nice golden outside and soft inside.  Top with berries and a little whip cream.  


Keywords: waffles; breakfast

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  • Reply April 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    “You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!”

  • Reply Rex February 5, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    These are perfect! We love this recipe and being able to freeze a batch for the future! Our kids love these with Nutella or peanute butter! Always a perfect snack!

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