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How to Make German Waffles: The Delicious Bergische Waffeln

Looking to satisfy your cravings for delicious German waffles? Well, look no further! In this blog post, we’ll dive into the wonderful world of Bergische Waffeln – the ultimate German waffle experience. So, get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey as we uncover the secrets to creating these delectable treats that will have you saying Guten Appetit in no time. Let’s get our waffle irons ready and dive right in!

a close up of a waffle

This recipe for German waffles is straight from the Bergisches Land region, located just east of the Rhineland. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a delightful blend of tradition and mouthwatering goodness. Whether you’re a waffle aficionado or just looking for a delicious treat, this recipe will transport you to the heart of Germany’s culinary delights. So, prepare your taste buds and let’s dive right into this delectable journey through the flavors of the Bergisches Land region.

This waffle recipe is part of the “Bergische Kaffeetafel” tradition, an afternoon coffee extravaganza that’s like a party for your taste buds. Picture this: fluffy waffles, savory Mettwurst (a lightly smoked raw pork sausage), and dark, grainy Schwarzbrot bread. And let’s not forget the coffee, served in a fancy coffee urn called the Dröppelminna. It’s a tradition that’s all about indulgence and celebration. So grab a plate, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and join the Bergische Kaffeetafel party!

The Perfect Companions for German Waffles

The waffles themselves are easy to make – they almost never come out wrong and have the perfect mix of fluffiness on the inside and a slightly crisp outer crust. But the real perfection comes from what you top them with.

The classic toppings for Bergische Waffeln are hot cherries (usually sour cherries from a glass, cooked with the juice they came in and slightly thickened with cornstarch) and whipped cream. Some people take it to the next level by adding a layer of rice pudding (another staple of the Kaffeetafel) to the waffle before piling on the cherries and cream. It’s like a sweet symphony of flavors that will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Trust me, you haven’t truly experienced waffle bliss until you’ve tried this heavenly combination.

a cup of red liquid

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Let’s Get Cooking!

The full recipe is below, but the essential steps are creaming the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, beating in the eggs, adding in the flour, baking powder, and buttermilk in two batches to create a liquid batter, and finally adding some honey for that little bit of extra flavor.

If you want waffles that are thin, crispy, and oh-so-adorable, then a heart waffle iron (see links below) is your secret weapon. Forget about those bulky American waffle irons – the heart-shaped ones are where it’s at. Not only do they create a delicately crispy texture, but they also make your waffles look like a plate of edible love. So go ahead, break those little waffle hearts and enjoy the sweet, sweet taste of waffly bliss. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

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Time to Indulge and Enjoy!

And that’s it – now go ahead and dig into those mouthwatering waffles with your favorite toppings! Whether you prefer a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar for a sweet treat or want to take it to the next level with hot cherries and creamy rice pudding, the choice is yours. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments how you enjoyed your waffle adventure!

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German Waffles - Bergische Waffeln

a close up of a heart shaped waffle

Delicious German waffles from the region known as "Bergisches Land". They are a staple of the "Bergische Kaffeetafel" and often served with hot cherries and whipped cream.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 medium-sized eggs
  • 2 cups wheat flour:
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey


  1. Pre-heat the waffle iron on the highest setting
  2. With a whisk, cream the butter until it's smooth
  3. Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and combine until smooth
  4. Beat in the eggs, one by one (about 30s each)
  5. Add half of the flour and the baking powder
  6. Add half of the buttermilk, then beat until smooth
  7. Add in the second half of the flour and buttermilk
  8. Beat until a smooth batter without lumps has formed
  9. Stir in the liquid honey
  10. Turn down the waffle iron to a medium setting and spray with oil or grease with some butter
  11. Spoon batter into the waffle iron - if using a heart waffle iron, filling it about 2/3 of the way from the middle to the edge should be sufficient
  12. Close the waffle iron and cook until the waffle is golden brown
  13. Serve with topping of choice and enjoy!


Suitable toppings include powdered sugar, hot cherries, rice pudding, and whipped cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 11g

These nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients. If you have specific dietary requirements, please do your own calculations, as we make no guarantee of their accuracy.

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