Betty Lane's Crispy Waffles

My Grandmother and her sister Betty cooked these perfectly crisp waffles for breakfast or a simple dinner. They always had the ingredients on hand to whip up a quick batch. I think the real secret of this recipe was their old fashioned waffle irons. I don’t know the name or the brand but I know they were heavy. Not the light-weight non stick versions of today. The substantial cast iron plates on Grandma’s vintage waffle iron made the waffles crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I loved watching butter pool in the hollows of those crisp golden rectangles!

I ordered a precious, antique ($72.00) “Fiesta” brand waffle iron just for this blog. My cute find definitely had vintage odor as it smelled a little musty, but the cheery light yellow color made up for the stale scent. I was disappointed to find the fiesta was light weight and made of much more new parts than I had anticipated. Nonetheless, I fired this little beauty up and let it get good and hot. I cooked my waffles a little longer than usual to achieve the perfect bite. My advice to you is to rummage through your grandma’s cabinets, goodwill, or your favorite junk store. You just might come across a treasure. If its good and heavy your waffles will be golden!


  • 2 c. Bisquick
  • 1 1/3 c. Club Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 c Oil

Mix all ingredients and pour onto greased HOT waffle iron. Serve with butter, syrup, honey, and jam.

This makes about 4 good sized waffles.

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