This waffle recipe is from Whipped The Blog which I found on Pinterest. I have made this recipe every Sunday for my family for about 6 months. Needless to say, they love it! So, I am giving it an “Excellent” for taste and outcome. For preparation and baking, I give it a rating of “Not so Easy” but it’s worth the effort. Definitely worth the effort!
Liège Sugar Waffles
1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm water (about 105 degrees F – too hot will kill the yeast)
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 cup pearl sugar (See below comments); substitutions I’ve tried and worked are the sugar pearls used to decorate cupcakes or cakes. They can be found at any grocery store. My kids can’t tell the difference.
Prep time: about 1 1/2-2 hours with rising time
Mix the yeast, water, sugar and salt in a bowl and let it develop or sit for 15 minutes. Place the flour in a separate large mixing bowl (we use the bowl of our kitchen aid stand mixer) and make a well in the center of the flour.
Pour the yeast mixture into the well and mix until blended on medium speed (we use the paddle in our kitchen aid mixer). Add the eggs (one at a time), melted butter a bit at a time, and the vanilla and cinnamon. Be sure to mix well after each addition to the batter. Keep in mind the batter will be thick and very sticky (this is normal).
Remove the bowl from the mixer and let the dough rest until it doubles in volume inside the bowl. (About 1 hour). Fold in the pearl sugar gently. If you are using the sugar pearls for decorating you can be less gingerly when you’re folding them into the batter. Let the dough rest for 15 more minutes. While the dough is resting, heat up your waffle iron.
Spoon about a 2″ ball of dough into the center of the waffle iron. It sounds small, but these rich waffles pack a punch. Waffles will take 3 to 5 minutes to bake. I watch for the steam to stop and then pull the waffles out. Be aware that there is a lot of butter in this recipe and your waffle iron and counter top will have butter drippings everywhere but that’s why these waffles are so delicious!
Recipe makes 8 – 10 waffles.
**In the original recipe, they suggest you buy Lars Belgian Pearl Sugar here. Since they are not the same as Swiss Pearl Sugar. Like I said above, I used the sugar pearls that you can find in the baking section under the decorating area, which is usually used to decorate cupcakes or cakes.
They also suggest that you should use a Belgian waffle iron. The pearl sugar are large pieces and the Belgian iron allows enough space in the thicker waffle to form those hot sugar pockets. Yummy! I used my regular waffle iron and it still worked well. I will let you know that you will need to cut back the amount of dough you put into the waffle iron if you are using a regular iron. Other than that, it’s still yummy! Enjoy!