This is a recipe that has been in my husbands family for generations. It is sure to be a family favorite.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat a waffle iron.

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  • Beat together eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Pour in shortening, milk, salt, and vanilla; mix until well blended. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Mix the flour into the liquid.

  • Spoon 2/3 cup of batter onto the preheated waffle iron at a time. Close the iron and cook until steam no is no longer coming out and waffle is browned.

Nutrition Facts

373.5 calories; 11.5 g protein; 48.2 g carbohydrates; 101.5 mg cholesterol; 975.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2006
I usually don't use recipes that aren't rated but I decided to take a chance and I'm glad I did. These were great! I did use the shortening though I was tempted to use oil. I don't know if it makes a difference or not but they were good. I was a little afraid the batter was too thin but the final product proved me wrong. It had the best texture of any waffles I've made and it had a good flavor. It was not super light and airy if that's what you want nor was it super dense. It had a nice blend of chewiness and substance. My husband (who's very much a food critic) liked these very much also. I've tried over 10 waffle recipes and so far this is the winner. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/02/2008
This was a perfectly good waffle recipe once the syrup was on. The plain waffle itself doesn't have much flavor. Definitely not a dessert waffle. Fairly bland but again it works well with syrup. I think I'll stick to my recipe in the future. For those of you who substituted butter for the shortening you should not be rating this recipe as that completely changes it. So does coating them with powdered sugar. My rating is for this recipe made as is and as is it does not have butter flavor and is not very sweet. Read More
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172 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2006
I usually don't use recipes that aren't rated but I decided to take a chance and I'm glad I did. These were great! I did use the shortening though I was tempted to use oil. I don't know if it makes a difference or not but they were good. I was a little afraid the batter was too thin but the final product proved me wrong. It had the best texture of any waffles I've made and it had a good flavor. It was not super light and airy if that's what you want nor was it super dense. It had a nice blend of chewiness and substance. My husband (who's very much a food critic) liked these very much also. I've tried over 10 waffle recipes and so far this is the winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2007
I make these waffles all the time I love them! I do make them with butter and a little more sugar than the recipe calls for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
My waffle iron broke and I used this recipe for pancakes instead. My family went nuts...said that these were the most light and flavorful pancakes that they had ever had. I found a winner and a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2007
These are excellent light and crisp waffles. We used non-salted butter instead of shortening and soymilk instead of milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2008
I needed a quick recipe for Belgian waffles that didn't require 45 minutes to an hour rise time. This was perfect! Great taste and fantastic light texture. I've used egg beaters and whole eggs it's great either way. I usually use unsalted butter melted instead of the shortening but I've made them both ways depending on what's on hand. I'll use this again and again for our Belgian waffles as it was exactly what I was looking for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2011
My Daughter asked for a waffle iron for Christmas and we tried the recipe in the book that comes with it.....NASTY!!! This is her FAVORITE recipe for waffles. They have great flavor and crispiness to fluffy ratio!! Best Waffles EVER!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2008
This is a great sweet waffle recipe. I added only a pinch of salt and did beat egg white sugar to stiff first. Folding this mixture in with everything at the last minute made the batter less runny. I also used butter instead of shortening. As a result of having a very basic waffle maker it did not come out super fluffy but it did turn out great. Tender beautifully golden with wonderful aroma. It has just the right amount of egg and milk for it to be wholesome. I agree that it needs a little dusting of powdered sugar on top and goes great with fruit. In my opinion this is probably more of a dessert waffle recipe. Update: I made it several times more by now.:) With the waffle iron preheated at medium high it came out even better than before. Just a tiny bit of golden brown/nice and crispy on the outside with inside still moist and wonderful. 1/2 milk and half water probably helped on this as well. Loving it as a late night snack hehe. Thank you so much for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/02/2008
This was a perfectly good waffle recipe once the syrup was on. The plain waffle itself doesn't have much flavor. Definitely not a dessert waffle. Fairly bland but again it works well with syrup. I think I'll stick to my recipe in the future. For those of you who substituted butter for the shortening you should not be rating this recipe as that completely changes it. So does coating them with powdered sugar. My rating is for this recipe made as is and as is it does not have butter flavor and is not very sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2008
This is a fantastic recipe for those who like me don't have time to make the traditional belgian waffle recipe. Those recipes always call for yeast and sitting for an hour. Who has time for that?? So this morning when my twin 2 year olds were asking for "wapples" for breakfast I mixed this up in a flash and made delicious waffles for the whole family. I have a Waring Professional waffle maker (the kind that you fill and turn) and this recipe made 4 giant waffles. Plenty enough to freeze for another day. I used the recipe exactly as written and it was perfect. Read More
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