These homemade cinnamon apple waffles are the perfect breakfast! Made with yeast, these waffles are soft and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. You can make the waffle batter the night before so you can wake up to fresh waffles for breakfast.
This recipe was originally published in December 2021. It has since been updated with a new recipe and new images.
One of my favorite breakfast cookbooks is Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Book. She has an amazing waffle recipe that uses yeast and is rested overnight, giving you incredible waffles.
Based on her wonderful waffle recipe, I've added chopped up cinnamon apples, giving you all the cozy and warm flavors. Made from scratch, I love that I can make the waffle batter the night before. The morning of, all you have to do is cook the waffles - simple!
Why you'll love these apple waffles!
- Simple Ingredients: These fluffy waffles are made with simple ingredients that you probably already have at home.
- Can be made the day before: I love that I can make the batter the day before, it makes it so much easier to make the waffles the next morning.
- Cozy & warm flavors: thanks to apples, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, you've got all the warm and cozy flavors in this apple waffle recipe.
- Super soft inside but crisp outside: this yeasted waffle recipe rests overnight, giving you the most delicious texture.
- Milk: I recommend using whole milk here.
- Apples: I suggest using Braeburn or Honeycrisp apples here, but feel free to use your favorite apple variety or even swap them out for pears!
- Maple Syrup: a touch of maple syrup is going to sweeten the waffle batter.
- Yeast: we're using both baking soda and yeast in this recipe, make sure neither has expired! You'll want to use instant yeast here and not active dry yeast, which needs to be activated first.
- Spices: the apples are tossed with cinnamon before being added to the waffle batter. The waffle batter has extra cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to make these waffles lightly spiced.
- Butter: I always use European style butter in my recipes. European style butter has a higher butterfat content which makes it richer and creamier than American butter.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the melted butter, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
Step 2: Add the flour, instant yeast, salt, and spices. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then place in the fridge overnight.
Step 3: The next morning, peel and chop your apple. Toss in the extra cinnamon and add to your waffle batter.
Step 4: Heat up your waffle iron and follow your waffle iron instructions to bake the waffles. Enjoy and serve with whipped cream and maple syrup.
- Kitchen Scale: I highly recommend using a weighing scale and measuring out your ingredients the metric way. It makes a huge difference to your baking and is the most accurate way to bake!
- Gentle Stirring: be gentle when you stir in the chopped up apples, you don't want to overmix the waffle batter.
- Heat your waffle iron: make sure your waffle iron has preheated before pouring in the batter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Belgian waffles are made with a yeast based batter while buttermilk waffles rise with the help of baking soda and baking powder.
It depends on what you prefer, the great thing about these apple waffles is that the inside is soft while the outside is crispy!
I love adding whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup. You can also serve bacon or turkey bacon on the side, fruit salad, and of course a big cup of coffee.
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- waffle maker
- 520 ml Whole Milk
- 113 grams unsalted butter melted
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 300 grams all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch ground nutmeg
- 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 large apple peeled, cored and choppd
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients.520 ml Whole Milk, 113 grams unsalted butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Add all of the dry ingredients and whisk together, it's ok if it isn't totally smooth.300 grams all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, pinch ground nutmeg, 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour. Place in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, peeled, core and chop your apple into small pieces. Toss in cinnamon.1 large apple, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Plug in your waffle maker to heat up and lightly grease it.
- Carefully stir the cinnamon apples into the waffle batter.
- Pour your waffle batter into your waffle maker, about ¼-½ cup per waffle, and cook until golden. Serve immediately.