These eggnog waffles are probably one of the easiest holiday breakfast ideas you could carry out, prepped in just 5 minutes!
As much as I love classic homemade waffles, these eggnog waffles might be my new favorite way to enjoy a good waffle.
When you’re typically making a holiday breakfast of eggnog waffles, or even eggnog pancakes, you have to make a flour-based batter that will cook and rise into waffled cakes or pancakes.
Making a waffle batter isn’t difficult, but isn’t it always a perk when you can find shortcuts in the kitchen that make a yummy meal that much easier?
Easy Waffle Recipe for Waffle Maker
Well, this eggnog waffle recipe is one of those awesome recipe hacks that makes your morning plate of waffles just a little bit easier and quicker to make!
The inspiration behind these eggnog waffles comes from the idea of a waffled brioche.
I was doing some online shopping for the holidays and looking at waffle irons, specifically ones that could produce some gorgeous Belgian waffles.
Who doesn’t adore the irresistible flavor of a Belgian waffle coupled with those deep crevices, ready to capture a pool of maple syrup?
If you’re wondering what the difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle is, then let me briefly break it down. A Belgian waffle, also known as a liege waffle (the kind used in a French gaufre recipe), not only has deeper cavities or crevices than a regular American waffle, but it’s also made with a yeasted batter.
Regular American waffles typically rely on a leavening agent like baking powder to get their rise, whereas Belgian waffles rely on the yeast in the batter.
Waffled Brioche Makes for Easy Eggnog Waffles
Rather than make a Belgian waffle mix from scratch to get that delicious yeasted flavor and deep waffle squares, I rely on brioche!
Yep, a loaf of brioche comes to the rescue to make this simple waffle recipe.
Imagine making eggnog French toast, but instead of placing your brioche in a pan to fry, you put the brioche inside a waffle maker. I know, it sounds interesting, right?
I don’t know why this isn’t more common than it is. I use brioche for French toast, or pain perdu, all the time. Not only that, I love making the yeast-formed, liège waffles from scratch because of that extra fluffy interior and crispy edges.
You’d think this shortcut idea to Belgian waffle batter would have come to me far sooner in life.
When you think about it, brioche is truly the perfect shortcut to a yeast-y waffle. If I hadn’t told you that I used brioche for this recipe, you might truly think that these eggnog waffles were made 100% from scratch, yeast granules and all.
Eggnog Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup
So, how do you make waffle mix or a waffle batter recipe when you’re using brioche? Easy! It’s just like making a batter for French toast.
I usually make the batter for French toast with eggs, milk, sugar, a dash of vanilla extract, and a smidgen of salt. If I’ve got an orange on hand, I’ll also add a little bit of orange zest.
Making the batter for these eggnog waffles was as simple as swapping out the milk for some eggnog. You can either use store-bought eggnog or a leftover homemade eggnog recipe if you’ve got any on hand.
An extra pinch of nutmeg helps enhance the eggnog flavor and really drive this holiday flavor home.
Once the eggnog waffles are ready, you can drizzle cinnamon maple syrup all over the top!
Cinnamon maple syrup is simply just maple syrup infused with the flavor of cinnamon. You can either buy the maple syrup like that, or you can make your own by dropping a cinnamon stick into your maple syrup jar.
Best Waffles for Entertaining
I love that these eggnog waffles are easier to make than both French toast and traditional waffles.
French toast requires a bit of concentration, as you need to stand over the frying pan and flip at the right time so the bread doesn’t burn. Yeast waffles, of course, require the work of any yeast dough that’s being made from scratch.
When you’re entertaining, you don’t always have the time to prep a yeast dough or be hovering over the stove with a watchful eye. Using a waffle maker and this quick waffle recipe truly makes for some of the best waffles when you’re hosting guests.
Once the waffle iron’s ready light turns on, all you need to do is plate them and pour your maple syrup over those beauties!
And you’re not really missing out by using brioche rather than homemade, liège waffle dough. These eggnog brioche waffles capture the essence of classic yeast waffles with the fluffy interior and crispy exterior.
They also taste just as amazing as fried French toast but include all the beautiful crevices of a waffle to capture all that glorious maple syrup.
Perhaps, best of all, you get that hint of nutmeg and holiday flavor with the use of eggnog, making these a lovely breakfast this time of the year.
- 8 slices of brioche, cut about 1 inch thick
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- oil to grease waffle iron with
- powdered sugar and maple syrup for garnishing
- Preheat your waffle iron. Grease the iron with a non-stick spray or by brushing the iron with some oil.
- Whisk the eggs, eggnog, granulated sugar, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla together until combined well.
- Dip each side of the brioche slices in your batter before placing them in the iron.
- Close the iron lid and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions. For example, with my iron, it’s about 3 minutes.
- Dust the waffles with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165