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Buckwheat Apple Waffles

(recipe, Caroline Cummins)

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Based on the standard waffle recipe in the Joy of Cooking, this is a good recipe for those autumn mornings when you feel like making Deborah Madison's yeasted buckwheat waffles but have forgotten to start the yeast batter the night before. If you're not feeding a crowd, cut the recipe in half.


  1. 1½ cups buckwheat flour
  2. 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  4. 2 Tbsp. sugar
  5. 4 tsp. baking powder
  6. ½ tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  9. ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  10. 6 eggs (see Note)
  11. ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  12. ½ cup vegetable oil, such as canola
  13. ½ cup plain yogurt
  14. ½ cup sour cream
  15. 2 cups milk, buttermilk, or kefir (see Note)
  16. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  17. 1 apple, peeled and grated
  18. Apple butter and warm maple syrup, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, then add the rest of the liquid ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and carefully mix together. Add the grated apple.
  4. Cook on a preheated waffle iron (oiled if necessary) until all the batter is gone. Keep cooked waffles warm in a preheated 200-degree oven. Serve with apple butter and warm maple syrup.


If you have extra egg whites on hand, add them to the batter; they'll provide more loft to the cooked waffles. If you feel like it, whip the egg whites and add them to the batter last, folding them in gently. If you use only buttermilk or kefir, you may need to add a splash of milk to thin the batter slightly.