These are the real deal Belgian waffles! In Belgium they are called, Liege. They have a beautiful crunchy sugar coating and are soft and chewy on the inside. They smell of vanilla and taste like heaven! You can find them all over Europe and sometimes in the U.S. There is an amazing Waffle Cabin in Mt. Snow, Vermont that serves up these babies all winter long. You can even get chocolate drizzled on them!! Luckily, you can easily make them at home with any waffle iron and only one speciality ingredient. And you can also slather some Nutella on them when no one is looking!
You need pearl sugar. You can order it off of Amazon and it is not too expensive. Some specialty baking stores also carry it. If you are in dire straights and must have these waffles sooner than Amazon Prime will deliver them, you can also just break up some sugar cubes.
You don't have to have a Belgian waffle iron to make these waffles, but the nice deep ridges sure are a plus in making these waffles amazing.
These waffles are definitely best served immediately, preferably with some bacon and eggs in my house. They do not store or reheat well. They tend to lose their crunchy coating and deliciousness. Some authentic waffles will include saffron, but the eggs will give the waffles their nice golden color and the vanilla extract creates an amazing perfume of sweet, sweet deliciousness.
- 2 tablespoons sugar (light brown)
- 1/2 cup water (lukewarm, or for richer flavor substitute scalded milk)
- 1 3/4 teaspoons yeast (active dry)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of butter (melted)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar (pearl)
- Whisk the brown sugar and yeast with the water and let stand for about five minutes, until it is nice and foamy.
- Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Gradually add in the yeast mixture until the dough is sort of dampened and shaggy looking. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition. Whisk the vanilla with the butter and add to the batter gradually. Mix for about 1 minute or until smooth. It will be very sticky and have a thick, but not stiff texture. Cover and let rise for about one hour.
- Right before you are ready to cook the waffles, mix in the pearl sugar. If you add it too early it will dissolve and will not create that crispy coating.
- Using two spoons, pull off about two tablespoons worth of batter and place onto a preheated waffle iron. cook until golden brown. Place on a cookie cooling rack over a sheet pan. Keep warm in a preheated 250 degree oven.
- Drizzle with chocolate sauce if you're feeling saucy. EAT THEM!