This recipe for Earl Grey Waffles features a tea-infused waffle batter that cooks up light, fluffy and crisp. Serve the fresh waffles with mixed berries for the perfect morning breakfast.
What is Earl Grey tea?
Earl Grey tea is a black tea flavoured with bergamot oil.
If you love Earl Grey tea, I've got many recipes using this fragrant tea:
Why you'll love this recipe
This recipe is simple to make and does not require separating eggs.
Nor does it require a stand mixer to whisk egg whites to stiff peaks.
There is a key ingredient that I add to the waffle batter that gives them their crispy exterior.
The waffles have a delicious flavor and aroma from the tea-infused batter.
Ingredients you'll need
- whole milk: or non-dairy alternative
- Earl Grey tea: you can use tea bags or tea leaves; if using loose leaf tea, grind them in a coffee grinder so they're finer
- all-purpose flour: regular flour will work here
- potato starch: helps to keep the waffles light and crisp; you can substitute with cornstarch
- baking powder: acts as a leavener to make the waffles fluffy
- baking soda: another leavener that reacts with an acid to produce fluffiness in the waffles
- fine sea salt: balances out the sweetness
- large egg
- melted butter: or neutral vegetable oil; helps to crisp up the waffles
- culinary bergamot oil: optional; or you can use freshly grated orange zest
- vanilla extract: use a pure vanilla extract for the best flavour
- granulated sugar: adds sweetness; you can use any sweetener you like
How to make the waffles
In a heat-safe mug, warm the milk and add in the Earl Grey tea bags/tea leaves. Leave to steep for about 5 minutes and then let cool to room temperature.
Strain out the tea leaves/tea bags from the milk tea. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and give it a whisk.
Pour the Earl Grey milk tea into the egg mixture while whisking. (Note: If you like the flecks of Earl Grey tea in the waffles, you can add the finely ground tea to the batter).
Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix with a spatula until just combined (with a few lumps).
Heat waffle maker/waffle iron to medium-high heat.
Add about ¼ C batter to each well and cook for about 5 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
How to serve
Serve the waffles with fresh mixed berries (eg. raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or blueberries), maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.
Or try it with:
If you're feeling decadent, try it with a scoop of No-Churn Earl Grey Ice Cream.
How to store & reheat
Store the cooled waffles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.
Freeze the waffles for up to 3 months.
To reheat, pop the waffles into the toaster oven from frozen and heat until warmed and crisp on the outside.
You can also microwave the frozen waffles first and then pop them into the toaster to help speed up the heating process.
Expert tips & troubleshooting
Why is the waffle batter not thick?
This waffle batter uses baking soda in combination with baking powder which produces gas and air bubbles when it hits the heat, so don't worry if the batter looks a little on the runny side.
My waffles are chewy.
It is possible that you overmixed the waffle batter, producing too much gluten in the mixture.
Fold the batter with a spatula until just incorporated -- it's OK to have a few lumps.
Why are my waffles so soft?
Waffles do have a short-lived timeframe from when they are crispy to when they become soft.
- use a higher heat on the waffle iron
- brush oil on the waffle iron
- add a little more oil or melted butter to the batter
- add more potato starch for crispier waffles
You can also keep the waffles in a 300F oven while you are making them, to help them stay crisp.
Can I omit adding the Earl Grey tea leaves into the batter?
Yes, if you don't want the flecks of Earl Grey in the waffles, you can leave it out.
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Earl Grey Waffles with Mixed Berries
- waffle maker/waffle iron
For accuracy and precision in baking recipes, use weight (metric) measurements when available.
- 1 C whole milk
- 2 bags Earl Grey tea or 2 tablespoon loose leaf tea
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon potato starch or cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon melted butter or neutral vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon culinary bergamot oil or orange zest
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- fresh berries
- maple syrup
- whipped cream
- In a heat-safe mug, warm the milk and add in the Earl Grey tea bags/tea leaves. Leave to steep for about 5 minutes and then let cool to room temperature.
- Strain out the tea leaves/tea bags from the milk tea. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and give it a whisk.
- Pour the Earl Grey milk tea into the egg mixture while whisking. (Note: If you like the flecks of Earl Grey tea in the waffles, you can add the finely ground tea to the batter).
- Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix with a spatula until just combined (with a few lumps).
- Heat waffle maker/waffle iron to medium-high heat.
- Add about ¼ C batter to each well and cook for about 5 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
- Serve the waffles with fresh mixed berries and a dollop of whipped cream.
- You can also serve them with maple syrup, honey, butter, or powdered sugar.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.