Waffle Bar for a Houseful of Company


For the second year in a row our house was mission control for a houseful of teenagers competing in a 48-hour film contest. They wrote, filmed, edited and slept in my living room. They also consumed all sorts of snacks, caffeinated beverages, pizza, and chicken nuggets. They took care of most of the meal planning and purchasing, but my husband and I sponsored one meal at the request of our son. What did he request? His Dad’s World Famous Waffle Bar. Do you need to feed a crowd? Try this Waffle Bar for a Houseful of Company.

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Waffle Bar for a Houseful of Company


My husband knows how to make exactly one thing completely from scratch – waffles – and they are the lightest, fluffiest and tastiest waffles ever made. Together we should probably come up with some more recipes so we are not considered a “one trick pony,” but the kids always ask for the same thing – the waffle bar.

How to Prepare the Waffle Bar

  • Make the batter the night before, so that all of the prep work is done and the dishes are clean before you cook the waffles for your guests.
    • This waffle recipe is adapted from the book “Waffles” by Tara Duggan. (This is an affiliate link. See footbar for full disclosure.)
      • Ingredients

        3 large eggs

        1 ½ cups milk

        ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

        1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

        1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

        2 teaspoons baking powder

        ½ teaspoon salt

        3 tablespoons sugar

      • Directions

        Separate the egg yolks and whites into 2 separate bowls.

        Stir the egg yolks, milk, melted butter and vanilla together in a bowl.

        Stir the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.

        Whip the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium-high for about 3 minutes until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and whip an additional 2-3 minutes until the peaks are firm.

        Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. (Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients first). Stir until just combined. Gently fold in the egg whites.

        Cook in your waffle iron. A Belgium waffle iron gives the best results. (Recipe makes about 6 Belgian waffles.)

  • Prepare and set out the toppings and sides.
    • Ideas:

Whipped cream


Powdered sugar

Chocolate chips

Fresh fruit




Chocolate syrup

Caramel topping





  • Be sure to prepare enough for seconds, as they will return wanting more.



A waffle bar is perfect anytime of day and is loved by all ages, not just teenagers. Add ice cream for a dessert bar or additional proteins (and fewer sweet items) for a heartier meal. Try a Waffle Bar for a Houseful of Company the next time you have a hungry crowd. Comment below with your favorite waffle toppings and sides or other ideas for a houseful of company.

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