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A stack of buttermilk cinnamon waffles, topped with caramelised apples and Greek yoghurt on a black plate and a dark grey background. A cup of coffee and a pot of cinnamon can be seen in the background.

Buttermilk Cinnamon Waffles with Vanilla Apples

It's easy to make American diner style waffles at home - treat yourself!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Buttermilk cinnamon waffles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Author Nickki Thompson


  • 240 g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80 ml vegetable sunflower or corn oil
  • 300 ml buttermilk

For the vanilla apples

  • 25 g butter
  • 2 large eating apples such as Braeburn, Pink Lady or Royal Gala, cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Splash of water or apple juice
  • 1 tbsp white sugar


To make the vanilla apples, melt the butter in a medium frying pan. When the butter is sizzling, add the apple wedges and cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes per side. When the apples have started to soften but are still holding their shape, add the vanilla, water or apple juice and sugar to the pan and cook for a further few minutes or until the apples are soft and are coated in a sticky glaze. Remove from the heat and place in a low oven to keep warm while you make the waffles.

    To make the waffles, combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.

    • Place the egg yolks, vanilla extract, oil and buttermilk in another large bowl and mix to combine. Pour this wet mixture over the dry ingredients and whisk well, making sure there are no lumps.
    • Whisk the egg whites to firm peaks in a clean bowl.
    • Gently and slowly fold the egg whites into the batter, a little at a time until you have a light, smooth, airy batter.
    • Preheat your waffle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour the batter into the waffle maker. My waffles took about 8 minutes to cook all the way through, but yours may need more or less depending on your waffle maker. Mine is a deep fill waffle maker so they do take a little longer.
    • When the waffles are ready, you can either transfer to a plate or place them in a low oven to keep warm.
    • Serve the waffles with the vanilla apples, Greek yoghurt or whipped cream.