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Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles

I wish I could say my kids love a bowl of Frosted Flakes or maybe even some Dinosaur oatmeal in the morning. Even a box of Eggo Waffles would be sweet.  I’m not asking for too much. It would make my mornings a little easier.

Nope. My kids LOVE my homemade pancakes and my homemade waffles. I admit, I really love them too!Smile

I usually make Mark Bitman’s recipe. My mom handed it down to me a couple years back and that’s all we’ve been using to make waffles. Every once in a while, I like to make this recipe. We came across it years ago in our The Cake Bible book. This recipe was only supposed to be made for special occasions. Then something happened this summer. I got addicted to this recipe. Maybe it’s all the extra time I have. Maybe it’s because I love to bake with yeast. Maybe because I like waking up to something almost ready to make fresh in the morning. Maybe it’s all of these reasons. 

This recipe has been around for ages. Marion Cunningham (not the mom from Happy Days) made this recipe popular. I read it’s from an old Fannie Farmer cookbook. How cool is that?

What  I love about the recipe is your prepare most of it the night before. Now don’t forget to LEAVE OUT the eggs and the 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda until the next day. I forgot to warm my milk and the batter was still just fine. Probably because I didn’t cool the butter before adding it to the batter…it all evened out I think.Smile

The yeast renders a delicate and crispy waffle and the flavor is incredible. I really love them! My mom was at my house yesterday with the kids while I ran errands and she made some waffles. She called to tell me they were the best waffles I’ve ever made. Thanks, mom.Smile I had batter leftover and made some today and Gabriella was not thrilled with the yeast flavor Day 2. I happened to love it.

It should be left to rise for at least 8 hours. You could even let it rise in the refrigerator overnight. I’ve done that once or twice and it seems to make the batter a little less yeast tasting. If you do let it rise in the refrigerator, let it warm up on counter in the morning before adding the eggs and baking soda.

Marion Cunningham's Raised WafflesAdapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible

Serves 6 to 8

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups warm milk (I used just slightly over 1 cup so would not be runny)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

In a large mixing bowl (the batter will rise to double its original volume) sprinkle in the yeast over the warm water. Let stand to dissolve for 10 minutes. Add the milk, butter, salt, sugar, and flour and stir to blend. Mix on low speed with handheld mixer. Just mix until it is nicely combined. You don’t want to over mix and you don't want any lumps.

Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature. *I also covered the plastic wrap with a dish towel.

The next morning, just before cooking the waffles, whisk in the eggs and the baking soda-the batter will be thin (I used less milk than recipe calls for. If you use it all, the batter will be very thing). Depending on the size of your waffle iron, pour about 1/3 to 1/2 cup batter onto the hot iron (use a light hand at first and check your progress--this waffle batter expands rather impressively. Bake until golden and crisp. This batter will keep for several days in the refrigerator.
If you want an easier and quicker waffles recipe, here is Mark Bitman’s recipe. It is also delicious and it is my go-to quick waffle recipe.
Mark Bitman’s Waffles
From the book How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition) by Mark Bittman
Canola or other natural oil for brushing waffle iron
2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 T sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 C milk
2 eggs
4 T butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Brush the waffle iron lightly with oil and preheat it.

Combine the dry ingredients. Mix together the liquid ingredients, reserving the egg whites in a separate bowl.
Beat the egg whites with a whisk or electric mixer until they hold soft peaks. Fold them gently into the batter. *Now most of the times, I do not whip the egg whites separately and the waffles are still fantastic!

Spread ⅓ cup batter onto the hot waffle iron and bake until done, usually 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately or keep warm for a few minutes in a low oven

Hope your week is fun. Make these waffles when you get a chance. If you have a favorite waffles recipe, I want to hear about it! Send me the link in your comment!!



  1. I adore, adore, adore waffles and will definitely give this a try. Luckily Dudette does love cereal and oatmeal so I have a wide variety of breakfasts to offer her, but waffles and pancakes definitely top the list. Many thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  2. My mouth just watered, these look so good! I'd love some topped with...NUTELLA! :)

  3. I am loving this! Wow it looks soooo good!

  4. Dang. I TOTALLY thought this was a recipe from the mom from Happy days. Seriously. I was deflated as I read, though.

    Regardless, I have never made homemade waffles (no waffle iron - guess that would help?) but do love them. Perhaps I need to make the investment?? ;)

  5. I thought you were talking about the Happy Days Mom, too! :)
    The waffles look so so good!

  6. I was thinking Happy Day's! It probably is a happy day though when you get to eat these!

  7. Wow....I crave some now. It looks perfectly delicious Lora :) Thanks for these two great recipes.

  8. May just have to try this! Sounds awesome and you have to love that it's from that old classic, Happy Days!

  9. I love waffles and your waffel looks really great =)

  10. I've heard a lot of good things about yeasted waffles, must give them a try one day!

  11. I haven't had homemade waffles in a long time! These look delicious!

  12. I looooove The Cake Bible. You're making me so sad my copy is packed away in storage for the summer! And you're giving me a reason to get reacquainted with Rose this fall...Great recipe find!

  13. Funny, I immediately thought of Happy Days! :) My kids love homemade waffles too...I have to try this recipe! :)

  14. I hope my plate is still there. lol. I absolutely loveeee waffles. Perfect breakfast!!

  15. Save me some please, I'll eat them for any meal.Oh my word!

  16. This is my favorite time of the year for waffles (not that there is a bad time for waffles) I love waffles in the summer because of all the fresh fruit we get at the market! Of course we top with a bit of homemade sweetened cream and breakfast is almost dessert! Will add this recipe to my list of must trys...

  17. Waffles are our favorite thing for breakfast, and these look amazing!

  18. Waffles are my favorite food ever next to bagels. :) I've never had waffles with yeast before but I so want these now!! Oh my word they look sooooo good. I think I would love them the next day too. YUM!!!

  19. I don't own a waffle iron but it's on my wish list! These looks fantastic. I love waffles and pancakes too.

  20. Oh, mamma mia che delizia! I can just taste them!