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Martha's Favorite

Donn's Waffles

Martha cited this recipe from Donn Chappellet as one of her favorite breakfasts. The egg whites cause the waffles to puff up and then fall quickly, so serve each piece as it finishes cooking. Jumbo eggs work best, but you can substitute 2 large yolks and 4 large whites.

  • Servings: 6
Donn's Waffles

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2010


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 jumbo eggs, separated, plus 1 jumbo egg white
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons coarse cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray, for waffle iron


  1. Preheat a waffle iron on the highest setting. Stir together milk and vinegar; let stand for 5 minutes to thicken. Mix together yolks, flour, sour cream, cornmeal, and baking soda. Stir in milk-vinegar mixture. Stir butter into batter (do not overmix).

  2. Beat whites with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Stir half into batter. Gently fold in remaining whites with a rubber spatula.

  3. Coat waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour 1 cup batter into waffle iron (it should be three-quarters full). Close lid, and cook until waffle is golden and crisp, about 6 minutes.

  4. Remove waffle from iron. Quickly toss between your hands to release steam and help retain crispness, and serve. Repeat with remaining batter.

Cook's Note

Serve warm waffles with butter, maple syrup, and raspberries.

Reviews (5)

  • dorrity 24 Dec, 2010

    sewfrazzleddonna: You add the egg yolks in Step 1 "Mix together yolks, flour, sour cream, cornmeal, and baking soda." Poor girl, you must really be frazzled!

  • cookingmama4 18 Mar, 2010

    This is my favorite waffle recipe. YUMMM! Easy to make. Crisp on the outside and soft, creamy on the inside.

  • norcalbaker 31 Jan, 2010

    I agree. Definitely not wowed. I was interested in trying them, being lured by the crunch of the corn meal. They were interesting, but not worth keeping as my go-to waffle recipe.

  • MarthaandMeBlogger 28 Jan, 2010

    I made these and I was not wowed by them. They weren't awful, but just not as good as mine. You can see my results here

  • sewfrazzleddonna 28 Jan, 2010

    when do you add the 2 egg yolks?

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