Our Lady’s Buttermilk Waffles

by | Mar 11, 2022 | March Recipes, Member Recipes | 0 comments

Our Lady’s Buttermilk Waffles

Because of a medieval Swedish liturgical food pun, the solemnity of the Annunciation is associated with . . . waffles! In Europe, this important feast day was known as “Our Lady’s Day” in honor of Mary. In Swedish “Our Lady’s Day” is “Vårfrudagen,” which sounds a lot like “Våffeldagen” which means “Waffle Day.” So they went for it. And now, five hundred years later and five thousand miles away, the Tierneys always have waffles for dinner on the Annunciation. We’ve had toaster waffles, we’ve gone out for waffles, but by far our favorite is this amazing crispy-on-the-outside, custardy-on-the-inside buttermilk waffle recipe. I recommend starting with 1 quart of heavy whipping cream and following the homemade butter recipe from February. This will give you the 2 cups of buttermilk and ½ cup butter for this recipe, plus plenty of leftover butter for serving.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour spoon & level
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter melted and slightly cooled
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Preheat the waffle iron to medium-high. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and gently mix with a rubber spatula until just combined. Do not overmix. A few lumps are okay.
  • Spray the heated waffle iron with nonstick spray. Scoop enough batter to lightly cover the surface of the iron. Note that the batter will expand quite a bit while cooking. Close the iron and cook until the waffle has a golden, crispy exterior, about five minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with butter, syrup, whipped cream, berries, etc. Fresh waffles are best served immediately. To serve a group, heat the oven to 200°F and place the waffles in a single layer, uncovered, directly on the racks. This will keep them warm without getting soggy.


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