Liege Waffles


Liege Waffles

These Liege Waffles are a unique, European-style waffle that are caramelized on the outside and chewy on the inside. Be warned: these are so delicious; you will be ruined for any other kind of waffle.

Servings: 8 waffles

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons instant dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup lukewarm water

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butter melted

1 cup Belgian pearl sugar

Instructions

In the bowl of a stand mixer combing flour, brown sugar, yeast, and salt. Mix together on low using the paddle attachment. Or stir in a large mixing bowl using a spoon or hand mixer.

While mixing, slowly pour in lukewarm water. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until just combined.

Mix on low, adding in melted butter gradually until batter is smooth. Batter will be very thick and very sticky.

Transfer to a large un-greased mixing bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Use a large spoon to stir in Belgian pearl sugar until sugar is evenly distributed. Cover and let rise an additional 15 minutes.

Preheat a Belgian waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Working one waffle at a time, scoop 1/4 cup of batter into the waffle iron. Cook until golden brown on each side.

Welcome to the wonderful world of waffles! Liege waffles differ from “normal” and even Belgium waffles. They are made with a thick, bread-like batter that uses yeast as a leavening agent. These unique waffles end up caramelized and crispy on the outside and chewy and sweet on the inside.

Liege waffles call for a unique kind of sugar called Belgian Pearl Sugar—also called nib sugar. This sugar is meant to maintain its chunky structure when it is used in baking and cooking. Pearl sugar is often sprinkled atop European desserts, much like pretzel salt is sprinkled on soft pretzels. The beauty of what happens when you use pearl sugar in waffles is that is caramelizes on the outside and creates little bits of undissolved sugar on the chewy inside. The result is a unique and fantastic flavor and texture.

CAN I MAKE THE BATTER IN ADVANCE AS IT TAKES A WHILE TO RISE?

Yes. These take a little planning, from the purchase of the special sugar to the time it takes to prepare them. They are totally worth the effort and the wait. You can prepare the batter the day before and then refrigerate it, but make sure it finishes rising before you refrigerate it. You can also start the process in the morning and serve them as a dessert in the evening, the way the Belgians do.

WHERE CAN I FIND BELGIAN PEARL SUGAR?

Belgian Pearl Sugar can be found in some specialty stores that carry ethnic and imported food items. You can also order it online from a number of places, like Amazon.

CAN LIEGE WAFFLES BE FROZEN AND REHEATED IN THE TOASTER?

These are best made fresh, but if you have left-overs and would like a convenient breakfast treat in the future, they can be frozen and reheated in the microwave or toaster.

WHAT TOPPINGS ARE GOOD ON LIEGE WAFFLES?

Liege waffles are delicious eaten plain, or dusted in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, but they can also be topped with a variety of toppings for delicious variations on this fantastic dessert.

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS: 

Nutella

Whipped Cream

Cookie Butter (Biscoff)

Ice Cream

Fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.)

Cinnamon butter

Lemon curd + raspberries

Cinnamon sugar

Caramel topping

These Liege Waffles are a unique, European-style waffle that are caramelized on the outside and chewy on the inside. Be warned: these are so delicious; you will be ruined for any other kind of waffle.



Welcome to the wonderful world of waffles! Liege waffles differ from “normal” and even Belgium waffles. They are made with a thick, bread-like batter that uses yeast as a leavening agent. These unique waffles end up caramelized and crispy on the outside and chewy and sweet on the inside.

Liege waffles call for a unique kind of sugar called Belgian Pearl Sugar—also called nib sugar. This sugar is meant to maintain its chunky structure when it is used in baking and cooking. Pearl sugar is often sprinkled atop European desserts, much like pretzel salt is sprinkled on soft pretzels. The beauty of what happens when you use pearl sugar in waffles is that is caramelizes on the outside and creates little bits of undissolved sugar on the chewy inside. The result is a unique and fantastic flavor and texture.

CAN I MAKE THE BATTER IN ADVANCE AS IT TAKES A WHILE TO RISE?

Yes. These take a little planning, from the purchase of the special sugar to the time it takes to prepare them. They are totally worth the effort and the wait. You can prepare the batter the day before and then refrigerate it, but make sure it finishes rising before you refrigerate it. You can also start the process in the morning and serve them as a dessert in the evening, the way the Belgians do.







WHERE CAN I FIND BELGIAN PEARL SUGAR?

Belgian Pearl Sugar can be found in some specialty stores that carry ethnic and imported food items. You can also order it online from a number of places, like Amazon.

CAN LIEGE WAFFLES BE FROZEN AND REHEATED IN THE TOASTER?

These are best made fresh, but if you have left-overs and would like a convenient breakfast treat in the future, they can be frozen and reheated in the microwave or toaster.

WHAT TOPPINGS ARE GOOD ON LIEGE WAFFLES?

Liege waffles are delicious eaten plain, or dusted in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, but they can also be topped with a variety of toppings for delicious variations on this fantastic dessert.

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS: 

Nutella

Whipped Cream

Cookie Butter (Biscoff)

Ice Cream

Fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.)

Cinnamon butter

Lemon curd + raspberries

Cinnamon sugar

Caramel topping

Servings: 8 waffles

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons instant dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup lukewarm water

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butter melted

1 cup Belgian pearl sugar

These Liege Waffles are a unique, European-style waffle that are caramelized on the outside and chewy on the inside. Be warned: these are so delicious; you will be ruined for any other kind of waffle.



Welcome to the wonderful world of waffles! Liege waffles differ from “normal” and even Belgium waffles. They are made with a thick, bread-like batter that uses yeast as a leavening agent. These unique waffles end up caramelized and crispy on the outside and chewy and sweet on the inside.

Liege waffles call for a unique kind of sugar called Belgian Pearl Sugar—also called nib sugar. This sugar is meant to maintain its chunky structure when it is used in baking and cooking. Pearl sugar is often sprinkled atop European desserts, much like pretzel salt is sprinkled on soft pretzels. The beauty of what happens when you use pearl sugar in waffles is that is caramelizes on the outside and creates little bits of undissolved sugar on the chewy inside. The result is a unique and fantastic flavor and texture.

CAN I MAKE THE BATTER IN ADVANCE AS IT TAKES A WHILE TO RISE?

Yes. These take a little planning, from the purchase of the special sugar to the time it takes to prepare them. They are totally worth the effort and the wait. You can prepare the batter the day before and then refrigerate it, but make sure it finishes rising before you refrigerate it. You can also start the process in the morning and serve them as a dessert in the evening, the way the Belgians do.

WHERE CAN I FIND BELGIAN PEARL SUGAR?

Belgian Pearl Sugar can be found in some specialty stores that carry ethnic and imported food items. You can also order it online from a number of places, like Amazon.

CAN LIEGE WAFFLES BE FROZEN AND REHEATED IN THE TOASTER?

These are best made fresh, but if you have left-overs and would like a convenient breakfast treat in the future, they can be frozen and reheated in the microwave or toaster.

WHAT TOPPINGS ARE GOOD ON LIEGE WAFFLES?

Liege waffles are delicious eaten plain, or dusted in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, but they can also be topped with a variety of toppings for delicious variations on this fantastic dessert.

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS: 

Nutella

Whipped Cream

Cookie Butter (Biscoff)

Ice Cream

Fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.)

Cinnamon butter

Lemon curd + raspberries

Cinnamon sugar

Caramel topping


PRO TIP: Waffles can be kept warm on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven until all are cooked and ready to serve.


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Caramel Syrup

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Easy Liège Waffles

These Liège Waffles are a unique, European-style waffle that are caramelized on the outside and chewy on the inside. Be warned: these are so delicious, you will be ruined for any other kind of waffle.

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time5 mins

Rising Time1 hr 45 mins

Total Time2 hrs 5 mins


Servings: 8 waffles

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons instant dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup lukewarm water

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butter melted

1 cup Belgian pearl sugar

Instructions

In the bowl of a stand mixer combing flour, brown sugar, yeast, and salt. Mix together on low using the paddle attachment. Or stir in a large mixing bowl using a spoon or hand mixer.

While mixing, slowly pour in lukewarm water. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until just combined.

Mix on low, adding in melted butter gradually until batter is smooth. Batter will be very thick and very sticky.

Transfer to a large un-greased mixing bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Use a large spoon to stir in Belgian pearl sugar until sugar is evenly distributed. Cover and let rise an additional 15 minutes.

Preheat a Belgian waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Working one waffle at a time, scoop 1/4 cup of batter into the waffle iron. Cook until golden brown on each side.



PRO TIP: Waffles can be kept warm on a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven until all are cooked and ready to serve.