This recipe for Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles starts out with simple ingredients: yeast, milk, butter, flour, sugar and salt. Mixed together the night before, these waffles are light and fluffy with a a subtle tangy flavor. You’ll be making them every weekend!
These delicious yeasted waffles could be adapted to make totally dairy-free.
My kids never really loved a bowl of cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Perhaps it's my fault that I spoiled them from when they were little.
My kids LOVE my homemade pancakes and my homemade waffles. I admit, I really love them too!
Besides Marion Cunningham's Yeasted Waffles, these vegan overnight yeast waffles are also what we make pretty often!
Originally posted July 20, 2011 and updated December 5, 2020. These days you may be creating more in the kitchen with yeast. This overnight yeast waffle recipe is just what you need to make a cozy and comforting breakfast.
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.
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. I had batter leftover and made some today and Gabriella was not thrilled with the yeast flavor Day 2. I happened to love it.
What ingredients are needed to make Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles?
Here is what you need to gather the night before to mix together:
- 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
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.
This is how it will look the next day.
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.
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.
Next morning the final step is to whisk in the eggs and the baking soda. If you use full 2 cups of milk the batter will be thin. I used less milk than recipe calls for to get a thicker batter. I have used a FULL 2 cups of milk, and found it too liquidy.
Once you whisk in the melted butter and baking soda, you get this silky waffle batter.
So I adjust and add a little over 1 cup. But you make it with whatever amount of milk you prefer. I wanted a little bit of thicker waffles.
Let it sit a while while you heat the waffle maker...it will all start to magically bubble again.
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.
How long will raised Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles batter stay fresh?
This yeasted waffle batter will keep for several days in the refrigerator. Keep it covered tightly in your storage container.
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!!
Adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible
More Easy Breakfast Recipes:
- Vegan Orange Marmalade Muffins
- Blueberry Banana Streusel Muffins
- Oven-Baked Strawberry Pancake
- Banana Scones with Maple Espresso Glaze
- Sourdough Banana Bread
Marion Cunningham's Raised Waffles
- 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 (use your favorite dairy-free milk if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup melted butter* use dairy-free butter sticks if you prefer
- 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.
The Mom Chef says
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!
Marnely Rodriguez says
My mouth just watered, these look so good! I'd love some topped with...NUTELLA! 🙂
In Katrina's Kitchen says
I am loving this! Wow it looks soooo good!
Mrs. Jen B says
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?? 😉
I thought you were talking about the Happy Days Mom, too! 🙂
The waffles look so so good!
Maris (In Good Taste) says
I was thinking Happy Day's! It probably is a happy day though when you get to eat these!
Wow....I crave some now. It looks perfectly delicious Lora 🙂 Thanks for these two great recipes.
May just have to try this! Sounds awesome and you have to love that it's from that old classic, Happy Days!
Raquel @ Erecipe says
I love waffles and your waffel looks really great =)
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
I've heard a lot of good things about yeasted waffles, must give them a try one day!
Lauren at Keep It Sweet says
I haven't had homemade waffles in a long time! These look delicious!
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!
Funny, I immediately thought of Happy Days! 🙂 My kids love homemade waffles too...I have to try this recipe! 🙂
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
very cool! Great post!
Baker Street says
I hope my plate is still there. lol. I absolutely loveeee waffles. Perfect breakfast!!
Tickled Red says
Save me some please, I'll eat them for any meal.Oh my word!
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...
Anna and Liz Recipes says
Waffles are our favorite thing for breakfast, and these look amazing!
Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says
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!!!
I don't own a waffle iron but it's on my wish list! These looks fantastic. I love waffles and pancakes too.
Oh, mamma mia che delizia! I can just taste them!