First off: THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY WAFFLES!
Since they aren’t ordinary waffles some specialized ingredients are needed. The secret lies in the sugar it’s Lars Belgian Pearl Sugar. It used to be almost impossible to find, but it’s popping up more and more. Out of the 3 grocery stores closest to me, one of them carries it. You can also order it on Amazon here http://a.co/d/fNsaXBB. The other ingredients are normal and can be found at any grocery store.
A true Belgian waffle maker is needed to really get the perfect Liege waffle. Our standard waffle iron does not have deep enough pockets to really allow the batter to sink in and caramelize the sugar. It is also preferable to have an iron with an adjustable temperature, so the sugar has time to melt before the batter burns.
- 1 package of yeast
- 1/3 cup lukewarm water (not hot)
- 1 ½ tablespoons regular granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup melted real butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup pearl sugar
- Mix the yeast, water, sugar, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- While the yeast is activating, place the flour in large mixing bowl and melt the butter.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix at medium speed until well blended.
- Add the eggs, butter, and vanilla and mix well. If the batter is very sticky it means you are doing it correctly.
- Set the dough aside to rise until it has doubled in size. Gently fold in the pearl sugar and allow the dough to rest once more while you wait for the waffle iron to heat.
- Spoon a 2-inch ball of dough into the waffle iron and bake until golden brown with slick sugar spots on the outside. Don’t be skimpy with the pearl sugar, even though it is expensive. The sugar makes the waffle.
Melted sugar is hot. Let the waffles cool a bit before indulging. It might take all the willpower you have, but your tongue will thank you.
Liege waffles freeze nicely and can be reheated at 200 degrees in the oven. Make a double batch. You’ll thank me tomorrow.
Toppings are not necessary for Liege waffles and typically are eaten without, but if you like you can drizzle with Nutella or put any toppings you wish.