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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.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2010


  • 2 large eggs, separated, plus 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons coarse cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray, for waffle iron


  1. Preheat a waffle iron on the highest setting. Mix together yolks, flour, sour cream, cornmeal, and baking soda. Stir in buttermilk, 1/2 cup at a time. 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 a heaping cup batter into center of waffle iron (batter should spread to edges without overflowing). 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.

Reviews Add a comment

  • 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?