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 Notes

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


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