This is the waffle recipe I grew up with, and I have never found one that I like better. The buttermilk makes a big difference! We have a family tradition of waffles with ice cream and berries every Christmas morning. It is so good that my entire family drives down. Well, maybe they drive down to see us, but I'm sure these waffles are extra incentive. You've gotta try them.
For non-Christmas mornings, I like to serve them with buttermilk syrup or vanilla sauce and berries. But of course they are also good with maple syrup if that's what you have.
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups buttermilk
1/4-1/2 cup milk (Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you need it.)
Cut shortening into dry ingredients. Beat buttermilk, egg, and milk and whisk into dry ingredients. Add more milk if needed. Cook in waffle iron.
Notes: I usually substitute about 1/2-3/4 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour and no one can tell the difference.