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Belgian Sugar Waffles

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Let me start off by saying that I have never been to Belgium. My daughter Cassi is currently an exchange student there, and I keep hearing about these amazing Belgian Sugar Waffles!!! So I decided to try and make some myself, even though I have no clue what they look like, or even taste like!!

These Belgian Sugar Waffles are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside! cookingwithcurls.com

I asked her to find me a cookbook with a Liege waffle recipe in it, she has had no luck. Then she commented on not being able to figure out how they make the sugar coating on the outside. They don’t dip it in anything, it’s just there. Looks like it’s time for some research!

I found several recipes and they all called for Lars Own Imported Belgian Pearl Sugar {affiliate link}

Liege Waffles Belgian Pearl Sugar | cookingwithcurls.com

So I ordered some from Amazon and waited for it to arrive. Well what do you know, there is a recipe on the back of the box! That is the one that I decided to try, since I have no clue what I am doing anyway:)  I didn’t know what to expect, but I was still surprised by them. These are not the Belgian Waffles that we make for breakfast, these are melted sugar coated, flaky yumminess…

How to make Belgian {Liege} Sugar Waffles:

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk.

Add the flour and salt.

Add the butter (make sure it is soft) eggs and the vanilla.

Stir together with a wooden spoon.

Cover dough and allow to rise until it doubles in size, about 30 minutes.

Heat your waffle iron.

Stir in the pearl sugar.

Scoop out about 1/4 cup of dough.

Place in heated and greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown. (mine took about 3 minutes)

CAREFULLY remove each waffle with a fork (to lift) and tongs, then place on a wire rack. Hot sugar will stick to your skin!

Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Belgian Sugar Waffles aka Liege Waffles are light and fluffy with a crispy outside! cookingwithcurls.com

I finally got to talk to Cassi on skype yesterday, and showed her what they looked like…..success! Okay, they at least look like Liege waffles, and yes, that is what they are actually called. We will have to give you a complete update when she returns. These little treats are a snack that will set you back 3 euros each in Belgium!

They also have a chocolate filled version that I will be trying next! **We made them!! Chocolate Liege Waffles…..

Traditional Chocolate Liege Waffles | cookingwithcurls.com

Adventures in Belgium:

This may sound strange to some people, but facebook has been a lifesaver for my sanity since Cassi left last August. I know she is okay, based on the photos that she is tagged in! So, I have snagged some of those photos and I am going to post them here since we are talking about Belgian Waffles 🙂  I am not allowed to post the Opera photo, but she never said that I couldn’t post these…

Cassi is the one wearing the devil’s horns! I really need to find out what this was all about!!

They are apparently practicing their balancing skills

I wonder if the guy on the right, fell off or jumped? 🙂

So much history and fun…she is a lucky girl…and I miss her 🙂

Enjoy!!

Belgian Sugar Waffles

These Belgian Sugar Waffles are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Belgian
Keyword: waffles, pearl, sugar, belium, liege, recipe, dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Rising Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¾ cups lukewarm milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces Belgian pearl sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk.
  • Add the flour and salt.
  • Add the butter (make sure it is soft) eggs and the vanilla.
  • Stir together with a wooden spoon.
  • Cover dough and allow to rise until it doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
  • Heat your waffle iron.
  • Stir in the pearl sugar.
  • Scoop out about 1/4 cup of dough.
  • Place in heated and greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown. (mine took about 3 minutes)
  • CAREFULLY remove each waffle with a fork (to lift) and tongs, then place on a wire rack. Hot sugar will stick to your skin!
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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6 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness I literally just made waffles myself and this is sort of what I was looking for. We have a place in Cincinnati called the Taste of Belgium that has these delicious waffles, ore like dessert then waffle. Will have to give this a try even without the pearl sugar.

  2. Oh my! What a story and what an investigative cooking reporter you are. Usually I browse the story to get to the recipe. Just the opposite here. I want to hear more about Belgium and the waffles. Keep us posted! Thanks for sharing at my party this week. Linda

  3. Thank you for sharing good secret cooking. I live in Thailand and quite far from Europe. Once time I tasted Franchise Waffles in Bangkok and I know it must have secret. I have to try and find out Belgian Sugar.

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