Yeasted Waffles with Whole Wheat and Maple Roasted Figs


Yeasted Whole Wheat Waffles

The allure of a famous recipe


“Gradually a perfectly natural thing happened.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck


Weekend mornings are made for Marion Cunningham’s yeasted waffles. With an easy prep the night before the batter can be finished while the waffle iron heats in the morning. I have made the recipe so many times that I now take short cuts, deviating from her famous recipe. Adding an extra half cup of flour to the original recipe makes a thicker waffle that still has the famous crispy exterior yet has a soft, pillowy inside. Simply voluptuous breakfast material. For the original crispy thin waffle, make a thiner batter with a total of two cups of flour. The nutty taste of browned butter stands tall in flavor with whole wheat flour and makes an appearance in these waffles. Dissolving the yeast in warm water and warming the milk are just extra steps in the original recipe. Mix cold milk together with the yeast and proceed with the recipe. It yields a batter with the same volume and texture as the original recipe. Make the recipe in a very large bowl as the batter at least doubles in volume. When the eggs and baking soda are stirred into the bowl the next morning a silky smooth batter is waiting for the hot waffle iron.


One of the nicest things about real maple syrup is the subtle sweetness that doesn’t overpower other flavors. Smooth and sweet it elegantly drapes across the figs and enhances their sweet floral flavor, intensifying into irresistible when roasted. They best part of roasting figs may be the sticky mauve juice that mingles with the warm maple syrup at the bottom the bowl. Make sure and pour all that sweetness over the warm waffles. Leftover figs can be refrigerated and served with yogurt or ice cream and are worthy of being scooped with a spoon at snack time. If there are any leftover waffles they can be frozen and popped in the toaster when ready to use.

Maple-roasted figs

Maple Roasted Figs
12 ripe figs
3T maple syrup
  1. Heat the oven to 425°.Cut the stems off the figs and then cut them in half lengthwise. Place the figs cut side up on the prepared sheet pan and brush the tops with maple syrup.
  2. Roast the figs for 10-15 minutes until they glisten with juice and syrup and they begin to slump, but have not collapsed. Serve warm or cold.
Yeasted Waffles with Whole Wheat
1/2C unsalted butter
2-1/2C milk (2% works well)
2-1/2t active dry yeast (1 package)
1t fine grain sea salt
1t brown sugar
1-1/2C whole wheat pastry flour
1C all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/4t baking soda
  1. Prepare the browned butter or beurre noisette by melting the butter in a saucepan or skillet with a light colored or shiny interior on medium-low heat. Watch the pan the entire time the butter is browning. At first the butter may sputter as the milk solids cook and the water evaporates. Gently swirl the pan until the milk solids are a warm toasty brown at the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat to cool.
  2. Add the milk and yeast to a very large bowl, whisking to combine. To the yeast mixture add the cooled butter, salt, brown sugar and both flours. Mix with a whisk until there are no visible lumps in the batter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep overnight at room temperature.
  3. Just before cooking the waffles throughly whisk in the eggs and baking soda. Ladle the batter into a heated waffle iron. Bake the waffles until they are toasty brown and crisp. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup. Top with the roasted figs.

Yeasted Whole Wheat Waffles with Maple-Roasted figs

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50 Responses to Yeasted Waffles with Whole Wheat and Maple Roasted Figs

  1. Carol Sacks says:

    I keep scrolling through the photos. They’re gorgeous and I want a plate of those gorgeous waffles right now!

  2. Puffy waffles with maple roasted figs? Oh, Deb, you want to make us all jealous… I can already imagine myself starting the day with this exquisite breakfast!!!

  3. mjskit says:

    I’ve never had yeasted waffles before. These look fabulous, especially with the roasted figs. I will be making these this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ala says:

    Wait, whoa–WHAT. there are so many awesome flavors happening here. If we ever meet in California, we just have to do brunch please! Awesome recipe!

  5. This looks amazing! Love waffles, so delicious!

  6. Joyti says:

    I just ordered my very first bottle of real maple syrup and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail. And these waffles with real maple syrup and figs – YUM! They sound incredible, great balance of flavors!

  7. What a treat! Brown butter and maple roasted figs sounds like the makings of the best breakfast ever.

  8. Gerlinde says:

    This is a recipe I’ve been looking for. There is something special when yeast is used for the batter . As soon as I get home I will make them. Thank you Deb. I’ll share them on Facebook and Pinterest .

  9. Ahhh – so many family favorites here. Sunday morning waffles and roasting fruit – what a great idea to use the maple syrup. Our August Tasting Jerusalem topic is date syrup and I think that would be fantastic here as well! Another lovely lovely post.

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  11. shannon says:

    Looks incredible, Deb! I love a yeasted waffle – like crave them, and yours sound amazing. And those figs! I’m always envious of your figs: we get a few here and there, but not nearly the abundance found where you are.

    • Deb says:

      Thank you for the gracious comment Shannon! When the first figs of summer arrive at the market I savor every bite!

  12. Deb, what a perfect breakfast! Waffles are a big hit in our house, and these look spectacular! I don’t think I’ve made yeasted waffles before (now is a good time to take the plunge, I think!) and those maple-roasted figs are CALLING my name. Delicious!

  13. Deb, I regularly make waffles, however I’ve never made the yeasted variety. I love the ‘night before’ prep with this one. Since I know your recipes are reliable, this recipe is where I am going to begin my journey into Yeasted Waffles.

  14. Monet says:

    You’ve made ordinary waffles and syrup into something truly extraordinary! I can’t wait to give these a try!

  15. Oh my! How gorgeous are these waffles and those maple roasted figs… k have never tried yeasted waffles before buy you have definitely lured me into making these delicious waffles. . Can’t wait to try!!

    • Deb says:

      Thank you for the gracious comment Arpita! The yeasted waffle recipe is a family favorite that I hope you enjoy as well!

  16. Deb, these look FANTASTIC! I love the maple glaze on the figs — salivating just looking at it…

  17. looks delicious.. wish i was waking up to a plate of waffles tomorrow morning! i think i could devour a whole bowl of those maple figs too!

  18. This is a recipe that I keep forgetting to try. When I’m reminded of it, I always wonder why I haven’t tried these waffles. They look so delicious, and the figs are a fabulous topping. I have serious breakfast envy right now.

  19. Valentina says:

    oh how I wish these were on their way to me for breakfast. beautiful figs. 🙂

  20. Monet says:

    Perfect timing Deb! We just picked up fresh figs at the market today!

  21. What an absolutely yummy way to start the day.

  22. Most certainly one of the delicious things of which weekends are made! I love pure maple syrup and living in Canada helps feed that sweet addiction. Will have to whip these up when I return home. Hope your summer has been spectacular!

  23. These waffles look amazing! Love the maple roasted figs! Perfect!

  24. Wow – what a combination. I love Marion Cunningham’s cookbooks, especially The Supper Book and The Breakfast Book. Also her Fannie Farmer books. I’ve made her waffles many times, but somehow never the yeasted ones. As for figs, I have tons of little ones on my tree but I’m afraid they won’t ripen before the cold weather comes. All the fig trees where I live suffered winter kill last year and so got a late start this spring. Keeping my fingers crossed I get at least a few to roast with maple syrup. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Deb says:

      Thank you Domenica! Waffles are always a good thing! I am sorry to hear about your fig tree, hopefully you we be able to enjoy a few of them.

  25. WOW this is a stunner – those figs look incredible. I’m obsessed with anything maple – brilliant idea to roast the figs in it!

  26. Deb, waffles look amazing! Making me very hungry. Love that you’re using fresh figs – they are so good!

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