In this instructable, I will show you how to make Belgian Sugar Waffles, also sometimes called Liege Waffles. They are very popular here in Phoenix where I live, we have Waffle food trucks that drive around selling these amazing waffles, with all kinds of different toppings. Belgian Sugar Waffles recipes are different then a classic batter waffle recipes. They are made from a yeast based dough instead and have an ingredient called pearl sugar in them. The name "Sugar" waffle comes from the pearl sugar. If you have never tasted one of these before, you are missing out. :) So now you can make your own, if I can make them, you can make them, let's get started.
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Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
- 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (420g)
- 2 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast (1 packet of instant yeast will work too) (12g)
- 3/4 cup of warm milk (1%, 2%, Whole, etc. 100 to 115 F.) (187mL)
- 8 ounces or 1 cup, softened butter (226g)
- 2 large eggs 1/2 tsp. salt (2g)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (5ml)
- 1 8 ounce bag of Pearl Sugar (225g)
- waffle iron
- wooden spoon
- tongs or fork
- dough cutter or knife
- plastic wrap
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Step 2: Start the Yeast
First let's get our yeast started. Warm up your milk to 100 to 115 F. And place in a large bowl. Then add your active dry or instant yeast. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets foamy. If it doesn't get foamy, throw it out, and start over. It means the yeast is bad, or the milk was too hot or too cold. The last think you want is to add all the ingredients and have the dough not rise. :)
Step 3: Vanilla, Eggs, and Butter
Once the yeast has been activated and has gotten foamy, let's add in our vanilla extract and our eggs, then whisk them together. Next add in your softened butter. Give that a bit of a mix with a wooden spoon, or you can use a stand mixer too if you wish.
Step 4: Finish the Dough
Now let's add in about half of our flour. Add the salt on top of the flour, and mix to combine. Then add more flour, until the dough comes together, and when you press on it, it doesn't stick to your finger.
Step 5: Knead That Dough and Let It Rise
Now we take our dough and put it on a flat surface, and knead it for 5 to 8 minutes, incorporating the rest of the flour while kneading. Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size.
Step 6: Pearl Sugar
Now let's punch down the dough and add the pearl sugar. Then incorporate the sugar into the dough buy kneading it for a minute or two. Next cut it into 8 equal pieces. I shape it into like a log, then cut it in half, then half, etc., until I have 8 pieces.
Step 7: Spray and Cook
Now let's spray our waffle iron with kitchen spray and cook those waffles. My waffle iron has a dialed for temp. I like to put it on the 2 to 3 setting which is about Medium heat. If your iron doesn't have a heat setting, just keep your eye on it, the sugar likes to burn if it gets too hot. With that said, do NOT touch the waffles, the sugar gets really hot. Use tongs to remove the golden brown waffles, and let them cool before touching or eating them. :) Then top them with your favorite toppings and enjoy! :)
Step 8: Video Tutorial
Now watch those steps in action by checking out my video tutorial. :)