Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)

These savory bacon and rosemary overnight yeast waffles are super crispy.  All of the hard work is done the night before, making this a super easy breakfast to whip up!

I really wish I were one of those people who leaps out of bed in the morning, all bright-eyed and ready to meet the day.  Unfortunately that’s not me.  I look like one of the walking dead.

My first thoughts are coffee!  Where’s the coffee!?

My breakfast is smoothie and toast.  I need fast and easy.  For this reason, waffles have pretty much always been off the menu {unless they are for brunch…or dinner, or Ben is making them}.  Until now!

These overnight yeast waffles are a total cure for my non-morning person problems.  A) they taste so good they jolt me out of my semi-coma.  B) All the hard work: the mixing, etc, is done the night before.  In the morning, all you need to do is mix in some eggs and baking soda, bacon and rosemary, and get to waffling!

Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)

Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)

Did I ever tell you guys that I work in a research lab that uses yeast?  The same species that is used in bread and beer, and these overnight yeast waffles!  I am surrounded by the sights and smells of yeast all day long, and yet for some reason, there is a total absence of yeasted recipes on my site.

Time to change the situation!

The best part of this recipe is that you get the benefits of yeast {aka amazing flavor and light texture}, without having to wait around for the waffles to rise.  Whip up the batter the night before and in the morning, there it will be {looking slightly frightening, but give it a stir}, waiting for you to cook up some waffles.

Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)

Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)

Actually, I lied.  The best part about this recipe is the crispy texture of the waffles.  I had to call them ‘ultra crispy’, because I truly have never had such a deliciously light and crispy waffle before…they actually make a crunching noise when you bite into them!

The waffle batter will be so thin you’ll think these waffles will be a disaster.  Pour it into the waffle maker {you will likely need to scatter the bacon around}, and give it a try.  You will not regret it!

These overnight yeast waffles should come with a warning sign.  WARNING: contains serious flavor.  If you aren’t a fan of yeast flavor, you won’t like them.  The yeast + the bacon {I used thick cut to get even more bacon flavor} + the rosemary.  So good, soooo much flavor!  You don’t need to add anything to them, they are so good all by themselves.  However, we enjoyed ours with a drizzle of maple syrup, which added an amazing maple/bacon sweet/savory dimension to them.

If you have never tried yeasted waffles, give them a go.  They are actually easier than traditional waffles.  And tastier.  Win-win 🙂

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Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)
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These yeasted waffles are actually easier than traditional waffles. Mix them up the night before, and let the yeast work their magic overnight! In the morning, you are ready to cook up the crispiest, most delicious waffles!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
The Night Before:
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2¼ tsp dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm milk *see note
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour {250g}
The Next Morning:
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¾ cup thick cut bacon, cooked and cut into cubes {around 4 slices}
The Night Before:
  1. Combine warm water and yeast in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix in the warm milk {not hot!}, melted butter {make sure to cool it slightly if it becomes hot while melting}, salt, sugar and flour. Use a handheld mixer to get rid of all lumps. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise overnight on the counter *see note.
  3. Cook bacon, cool, and refrigerate until the morning.
The Next Morning:
  1. Mix in the eggs, baking soda, rosemary, and bacon.
  2. Pre-heat your waffle maker. Spray with oil. Scoop batter {~3/4-1 cup} onto heated waffle maker. Scatter the bacon with a fork, if it doesn't spread with the waffle batter.
  3. Cook until golden brown and cooked through. The time will differ by waffle maker and quantity of batter used. My waffles took an extra few minutes longer than usual waffles.
  4. Serve immediately with maple syrup.
If you don't want a strong yeast flavor, let the waffle dough sit at room temperature for a few hours in the evening, then transfer to the fridge for the night.
For thicker waffles, use buttermilk. For thinner, crispier waffles, use 1% milk.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

Crispy Overnight Yeast Waffles (Bacon & Rosemary)

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