Belgian Waffles for #SundaySupper

Belgian Waffle

For this week’s Sunday Supper we’re each going to tackle our fears. Throw caution to the wind. Close our eyes. Take a deep breath! Open our eyes again (we can’t do this with our eyes closed) and cook something off our culinary bucket list!

Bucket List.
Everytime I hear the term I think of the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Two guys with terminal cancer trying together to do everything they always wanted to accomplish in life.
We all make bucket lists whether we realize it or not. Everytime you say I got try that or I got to go there someday, you’re adding to your list.
My “got to try that” list seriously got longer since I joined Sunday Supper! :)
I love waffles.
I never realized there were so many variations. True Belgian waffles are not like the pancake type we get here in the United States. I had my first taste of Belgian or Liege waffles at a little cafe that is no longer in business. :( . The waffles are sweet thanks to the addition of pearl sugar which has the texture of small chunks. These waffles have a dark crisp outer layer where bits of caramelized sugar cling and the centers are soft but the pockets are firm.
waffles finished
When I read up on making these waffles and saw it involves yeast and beaten egg whites, I panicked! I live in a drafty house and bread is enough of a challenge!
But with a little encouragement from our Sunday Supper Team, I gave it a try! I didn’t have pearl sugar but I read somewhere crushed sugar cubes works just as well.
crushed sugar cubes
I wasn’t able to get a thorough caramelized effect, but these waffles were out of this world good!

Give them a try!

I found several recipes on the internet and variations of this one kept popping up. I also found a lot of useful tips and came up with a few to share too!

piggy approved

Piggy approved recipe!

Here goes!

Belgian Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 3 cups warm (110 degrees) milk, divided
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pearl sugar or crushed sugar cubes for sprinkling

1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm milk. Let it set until it reaches full bloom, about 10 minutes.
yeast bloom
2. While the yeast is working, melt your butter. Set this aside to cool. You don’t want to kill the yeast with hot butter!
3. In a large bowl (one big enough to allow for dough to double in size) add egg yolks and sugar, beat together. Add 1/4 cup of the warmed milk, melted butter. Add yeast mixture and salt.

4. Add vanilla to the remaining milk and alternate adding flour and milk until all of it is incorporated.
waffle mixture one
5. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Some recipes state to do this step earlier, but I found the whites to get a bit deflated and not the same when I tried to peak them again.

beaten egg whites
6. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
fold whites into waffles
7. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to double in size, this takes about an hour. My kitchen is extra drafty, so I covered the bowl with a dish towel and placed it in an area by my stove that I had warmed by cooking earlier.
waffle batter ready
The batter when finished can be refrigerated and used within 12 hours or used immediately.
ladle waffle batter
8. Cook according to you waffle maker’s instructions. This is when you add the pearl sugar, or in this case, sugar cube bits. It is advised to use the batter immediately after adding this sugar to keep the crunchy texture.
You can freeze any extra waffles (if you have any) and reheat in your toaster or oven.
waffle freezing tip
I layered them when cooled between waxed paper and put the stack in a plastic freezer bag.
These waffles with the sugar added are fine as is.
waffles and strawberries
I had to try them with strawberries and whipped cream. Delicious!

This Week’s Sunday Supper Recipes are here! Are any of these on YOUR bucket list?

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49 Responses to Belgian Waffles for #SundaySupper

  1. Renee says:

    I’ve made regular waffles a lot but never true belgian waffles. I’m totally curious about pearl sugar and want to find it and use it in some waffles.
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  7. Katie says:

    Yum – these sound seriously awesome!
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  11. Woohoo! One of my favorite breakfast items! Yours came out perfect!
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  13. Someone `borrowed´ my waffle iron and never returned it. So buying a new one is also on my bucket list. This are the yeasty kind I want to make when I get the chance again. They look so crunchy!
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    • Cindy says:

      They are good, Paula. I rarely use my waffle iron because its a cheap one without settings and I have to watch it every second but when I do use it, I’m glad I did!

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  16. Liz says:

    I did not realize that real Belgian waffles were yeast based…I must give these a try (my house is drafty, too…maybe I’ll wait till spring!!!). Beautifully done!!!
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  17. So fluffy, just the way I like waffles!
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  18. If it’s Piggy Approve …. It’s Family Foodie approved… I just wish you could ship some of these to me!

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  24. I love real Belgian waffles, especially with nutella and ice cream on them. Oh man! So glad you posted these :)
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  25. Cindy, thank you for making these! I love Belgian waffles SO much and have been obsessed with making them for the past year. This obsession began when I discovered a bakery that makes Belgian waffles and puts delicious flavour twists on them – my favourite being an orange Belgian waffle covered in dark chocolate. I had been hunting for pearl sugar and thankfully found a specialty food store that sold them about a month ago. I can’t wait to try your recipe, especially since your waffles turned out so beautifully!
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  27. Delicious! I also have that entire piggy collection in my kitchen!
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  28. Sarah says:

    I miss making waffles, sis was sick all holiday break so I didn’t get to make them for her! She’s the only one who eats them here
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  29. Oh I love authentic belgian waffles. Sometimes at different market/fairs here there is a belgian waffle stand and the smell of these cooking is so tempting.

  30. Sarah says:

    I love belgian waffles. Especially with a heap of whipped cream and fruit. I really need to get a waffle maker. They look amazing Cindy!
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  31. Cindy says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments everyone. This was a fun recipe to make.

  32. Love waffles! I haven’t made them in years–maybe it’s time to break out the waffle maker!
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  33. This looks like the recipe that my girlfriend gave to me… we used it when we made breakfast at church… I like that yours can be made and sat over night.. it would make it easier in the morning and you wouldn’t have to get up so early to have them ready
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