Sour Cream-Orange Waffles

May 11, 2016 (Last Updated: March 3, 2020)
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There’s nothing quite like brunch to celebrate Mother’s Day. Instead of going out this past Sunday, we stayed in and enjoyed these fantastic homemade waffles and mimosas.

These are excellent for any weekend brunch. The essence of orange is laced throughout both the waffle batter and the sour cream-orange sauce for topping. There’s tons of fresh orange zest and juice in both components.

I suggest juicing all of the oranges you use for zesting, and then use that freshly squeezed juice to whip up some mimosas alongside. Mimosas served in Champagne flutes really heighten the experience by washing down the waffles with a celebratory cocktail.

I served a total of six people on Sunday, so I doubled the recipe. I have a small waffle maker so it took a bit of extra time to cook the waffles in smaller batches, but it almost felt like a chef’s table where I was cooking and serving as the waffles finished baking. Alternatively I could have gotten an earlier start and kept them warm in the oven and served them all together, but this worked fine too.

My sister said these were the best waffles she’s ever had. They are mildly sweet with a really wonderful, fresh orange flavor, and some tang and tenderness from the addition of the sour cream.

Sour Cream-Orange Waffles

This delicious waffle recipe is enhanced with fresh orange zest and juice, and tangy sour cream. The sour cream orange sauce topping is sweetened with honey for a fragrant finish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 to 8 waffles
Calories 302 kcal


Sour Cream-Orange Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup (2 1/2 oz/75 g) sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange blossom or other wildflower honey


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) whole milk (low fat is fine)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz/125 g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz/125 g) unsalted butter, melted or 1/2 cup (4 oz/125 ml) canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz/235 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Warm honey for serving


  • To make the sour cream-orange sauce, in a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, orange zest, orange juice, and honey; it will be thin.
  • Preheat a waffle maker.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, butter, orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the egg mixture. Whisk until mostly smooth, with just a few lumps.
  • Ladle the batter into the waffle maker, using 1/2 to 3/4 cup (4 to 6 fl oz/125 to 180 ml) batter per batch. Spread the batter so that it almost reaches the edges of the waffle maker. Cook until the waffles are crisp and browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Using a spatula, remove the waffles from the waffle maker and serve the waffles right away, or place the waffles on a baking sheet in a single layer in a 200 degree F oven for up to 20 minutes before serving. Top with a spoonful of the sauce and light drizzle of honey.

Notes & Nutrition

The measurements in this recipe are directly from the book, however the ounce and gram conversions are generally not very accurate, especially for the larger values. It seems as though whoever did the conversions just tried to round to the closest number, but in some cases it’s vastly different. For example 235 grams of flour is closer to 8.3 ounces, not 7.5 (that’s almost a whole ounce off!), but 75 grams of sour cream is 2.6 ounces, so that’s at least much closer to 2.5. I’m not sure which measurements were the author’s original, however, I use the gram measurements and find those to yield good results.
From Waffles
Servings 8.0 * calories 302 * Total Fat 18 g * Saturated Fat 12 g * Monounsaturated Fat 3 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 79 mg * Sodium 554 mg * Potassium 119 mg * Total Carbohydrate 28 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 7 g * Protein 5 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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