Picture this: it's a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning in the South. You're relaxing on the front porch with a cup of coffee, a good book, and a plate of fluffy buttermilk waffles – complete with a melting pat of butter and dripping maple syrup – in front of you. Doesn't that sound like heaven? This homemade waffle recipe is one of our top-rated breakfast recipes for good reason. These waffles are perfectly golden on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. The secret to these ever-so-light waffles is silky cake flour. We've also whipped the egg whites with some cream of tartar before incorporating into the batter, which gives brings a light, fluffy aeration to the waffles. And, of course, we can't forget the Southern icon: buttermilk. Buttermilk adds a rich, creamy flavor to this classic waffle recipe. When you're pulling together this recipe, be cautious not to overmix the batter. When you're ready to prepare, add your waffle mixture to a preheated, oiled Belgian-style waffle maker and let the magic happen.

These waffles are fantastic when topped with a little butter (because it melts into all those nooks and crannies!) and drizzled with some maple syrup, honey, or sorghum. But, we totally understand if you can't keep the waffles around long enough to make it to the fridge for toppings – this recipe holds its own against all of the prepackaged waffle mixes you can buy. Trust us, the little bit of extra work makes all the difference when it comes to the rave reviews that these waffles get. We can't imagine anything more lovely than being served a pile of these waffles as breakfast in bed, especially on Mother's Day (hint, hint!). Or, if you're feeling generous, it's a great recipe to share with overnight guests. Each batch of batter makes around 12 waffles, and setting out fresh fruit completes your table spread. We know that these best-ever waffles are way too good to just save for breakfast – homemade waffles are always a great choice for 'brinner' (breakfast-for-dinner).

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