In my mind, the perfect pumpkin waffles recipe channels all the delicious flavor of pumpkin pie into waffle form. After 90 or so batches that have distilled the recipe through countless variations on ingredient proportions and mixing techniques, I’ve developed a waffle I think is truly exceptional. It uses more pumpkin than literally any other recipe available and is wonderfully rich in spices, thanks to a carefully-balanced blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and fresh nutmeg. I hope you love it.
For those of you not shy about the metric system, you can use this updated and insanely delicious version.
To make a waffle worthy of being called the “ultimate”, I set about combining and then improving upon the best aspects of every recipe I could find, from Gourmet magazine to popular online pumpkin waffle recipes from SmittenKitchen, RecipeZaar, Epicurious, and dozens more.
It’s not meant to be a good recipe. It’s not meant to be great. It’s meant to be the best…
makes 4 round “Belgian” style pumpkin waffles
Click here for the new-and-improved metric version of the recipe.
• 1/4 cup light brown sugar
• 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
• 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
• 2 tsp. ginger
• 1/4 tsp. cloves
• 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg*
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup whole milk
• 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
• 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and warm
*Grated and lightly packed into the spoon, use 1/2 tsp. Grated and loosely scooped, this is about 1 tsp. of nutmeg. If you have to use pre-grated, dried nutmeg, use 1/4 tsp.
1. Lightly oil the waffle iron with vegetable oil, and set it to the desired temperature.
2. Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Whisk together to break apart the cornstarch. Add the remaining dry ingredients, and whisk to blend.
3. Separate eggs: yolks go in a medium sized bowl and whites get set aside in a smaller bowl.
4. Add pumpkin and milk to the egg yolks. Whisk to blend and set aside.
5. Whip egg whites with a hand mixer on high until stiff peaks form – about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Set aside.
6. Pour melted butter into the yolk/milk/pumpkin mixture. As you pour, whisk to combine.
7. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix them together until just combined. A little lumpiness is fine. That will smooth out when the egg whites are added.
8. Slide the whipped egg whites out of the bowl and onto the mixture you just prepared. Gently fold them in until no white bits are obvious.
9. Once the waffle iron is heated, you’re ready to pour the batter! In my Presto FlipSide waffle maker, cook time is exactly 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Enjoy! And if you bake these, please leave a comment here. Your feedback is very valuable to me as I continue to refine the recipe :)