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When it comes to the infamous pancakes versus waffles debate, I’ve always been (and will always be) on the side of waffles. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and the perfect shape to cut. Not to mention all the little squares are perfect for holding just the right amount of syrup without immediately becoming too soft. And whether you prefer lots of tasty toppings or just a waffle, plain and simple, you’ve made the right choice.
It’s important to keep a waffle crunchy in the morning, so here’s how to keep waffles from getting soggy the easy way.
How to Keep Waffles from Getting Soggy, According to Martha
All hail our kitchen queen, Martha Stewart! She’s the purveyor of this invaluable hack that will surely have you making the greatest waffles you’ve ever had in your life. No one does it like you, @marthastewart.
The hack is so incredibly simple. Start with your favorite waffle recipe and whip ’em up in your waffle maker. Once they’re ready and rarin’ to go, simply fork them out and toss them back and forth between your hands. It may look and feel silly, but you’ll have the crispiest waffles known to man. By tossing your fresh waffles, you’re letting the steam escape in an efficient way. No excess steam, no soggy waffles. What could be better?
We don’t want you burning your beautiful hands, so make sure to pick up some heat-resistant oven gloves. You can keep them specifically for your waffle-makin’ mornings!
Other Ways to Keep Waffles from Getting Soggy
Here are some other ways to keep the sogginess at bay:
Place your waffles on a cooling rack in a low-heat oven (don’t stack the waffles on top of each other).
Throw your waffles in a toaster to refresh their crispiness.
Craving a BLT for breakfast? Try a deliciously different version that features crisp bacon and fresh tomatoes between two golden cornmeal waffles. Prepare the waffles ahead of time and reheat in the toaster for quick assembly. —Stacy Joura, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania.
Put your waffle maker to good use with these waffle iron recipes.
These apple waffles are cozy and comforting anytime—morning or evening. The smell of toasty waffles with apples is sure to warm you up on even the most blustery of winter days. —Jane Sims, De Leon, Texas
I'm not a big fan of sweets for breakfast, but I love a crisp waffle. My son and I tried these BLT waffles, and they were a huge success! We used gluten-free, dairy-free waffles with fantastic results. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
These super fun waffles—soft on the inside, crisp on the outside—taste just like cake batter! They are quick to whip up anytime but would make birthday mornings feel even more special. —Andrea Fetting, Franklin, Wisconsin
I took one of our family’s favorite puff pastry recipes, which uses a similar mix of ingredients, and translated it to savory waffles. It’s a change of pace from sweeter fare. Served with a ham steak and fried eggs, it makes a fabulous meal. Feel free to add maple syrup or a spicy glaze. —Leslie Ponce, Miami, Florida
While on a recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin, for a family reunion, I created this yummy recipe using some freshly picked cherries. It was a hit with all ages and everyone was asking for more. —Heather Karow, Burnett, Wisconsin
Try adding chocolate chips to the batter, then top the waffles with banana slices and a dollop of peanut butter fluff (equal parts peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, plus a touch of honey). —Rachel Maidl, Birds & Blooms Editor
When I really want to impress folks, I serve these waffles. They're beautiful stacked
and layered with pink sweet-tart cranberry butter. When I owned a bed and breakfast it was the recipe guests requested most. —Brenda Ryan, Marshall, Missouri
The best waffle I've ever had was topped with caramelized bacon, maple syrup and coffee butter. You can make coffee butter at home by mixing 1/2 cup of softened butter, 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules, 2 teaspoons water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar. —Maggie Knoebel, Culinary Assistant
I truly enjoy recipes that make just enough for the two of us, like this one for yummy waffles. Instead of blueberries, you can slice ripe strawberries on top—or use the batter to make pancakes. —Ruth Andrewson, Leavenworth, Washington
Waffles packed with turkey, ham, bacon and apricot preserves have so much sweet, smoky love going on. I use frozen waffles to save time, but have at it if you want to put your waffle iron to good use. —Kelly Reynolds, Urbana, Illinois
I eat waffles with lemon curd and a blueberry sauce I make by simmering blueberries with a little water, sugar and a sprig of thyme. Remove from heat and stir in a tablespoon or two of butter. Top with whipped cream and lemon zest. —Jeanne Ambrose, Former Content Director
I wanted to use waffles in a creative way and came up with an idea of making a cake out of them. Not only did it take much less time than making an ordinary cake, it came out just as delicious as a traditional cake. Waffles can be made ahead, wrapped and stored in the fridge until ready to assemble this cake. —Kristina S., Yonkers, New York
I like to dress a waffle with an over-easy egg, sprinkle it with sea salt and fresh ground pepper, then add a generous splash of maple syrup over it all. Here's how to make an over-easy egg like a pro. —Deb Mulvey, Former Copy Chief
If you like waffles and chocolate, this recipe is for you. These tender but crunchy waffles are great for breakfast, brunch or an after-dinner dessert. Instead of chocolate topping, top with berries and whipped cream or simply sprinkle with powdered sugar. —Agnes Golian, Garfield Heights, Ohio
I had apples and ricotta cheese to use up, so instead of making a pie I decided to do something different. The result was these fluffy, tender waffles with just a hint of sweetness. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
I've prepared these for many brunches—peaches are my favorite fruit to add, but you can use strawberries or blueberries. People of all ages enjoy dunking crispy waffle strips into creamy dip. —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Chandler, Arizona
Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.