Liege Waffles

Liege Waffle

Liege Waffle

Liege Waffle

I’ve only made Liege Waffles once before, using the most authentic recipe I could find.  I absolutely loved them, but I wanted to make them again trying a different recipe.  The previous recipe required the dough to sit overnight and I wanted them right away.  Honestly, I was curious to know if there would be a difference in taste. 

There was!  I found that if you leave the dough to sit overnight, the yeast flavor will really shine through in the waffle.  You will be left with a waffle that is overall less sweet with a strong yeast flavor. It’s almost like drinking an IPA, very hoppy in flavor.  This time, I wanted to try to make them in a more conventional way, similar to the way you would make bread or rolls.  I have to say that I like both.

These waffles had the same texture as the first recipe I tried, but the yeast flavor here was more delicate and the waffles were slightly more sweet.  The bursts of pearl sugar were equally delicious.  Many top these waffles with Nutella, or fruit with whipped cream.  I prefer a tower on a plate with a glass of milk and eat them like cookies.

Note: Pearl sugar can be difficult to find in stores, so if you’d like to save time, you can go to Amazon.

Liege Waffles

  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (, melted (about 1 cup), plus more for brushing)
  • 1 cup Belgian pearl sugar
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar and yeast into the lukewarm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, mix the flour with the salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix at medium speed until shaggy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for 20 seconds between each. Whisk the vanilla with the 1 cup of melted butter. With the mixer at medium-low, gradually mix in the butter until smooth; the batter will be thick and very sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the batter rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  2. Stir the pearl sugar into the risen batter. Cover again and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Preheat a Belgian waffle iron (or conventional waffle iron) and brush it with melted butter. Gently stir the batter to deflate. Using about 2 tablespoons of batter for each, cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s directions until they are golden and crisp; brush the waffle iron with melted butter as needed. Transfer the waffles to plates or keep them warm in the oven, then serve.

Adapted from food and wine

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Exactly! I’ve even seen them topped with ice cream and caramel sauce.

  2. I’ve seen picture of waffles, and made them many times, but never like this. I love how they are a finger food…such a great idea for a brunch, or you could make them savoury for a dinner party!

  3. Honesty I think it depends on where your from. When I researched these, the “authentic” ones were called Liege (named for the town where they were created), but I’ve always know them as Belgian. The difference between the light fluffy Belgian waffle you get at the diner and these are that these have those luscious pearls of sugar!

  4. Kiwi says:

    I never heard of liege waffles. These definitely remind me of broken beligum waffles. I think its cool you can eat these like cookies!

  5. lisa says:

    I need to show this to my daughter, she’s the cook in the house and I know she would love to make a few liege waffles! Knowing my kids, they would eat them as a snack every day if they could. :0)

  6. rochkirstin says:

    I haven’t seen pearl sugar anyway. It’s my first time to hear about it. Now I’m curious how it tastes differently than regular sugar to make these waffles.

  7. alisonrost says:

    My husband is the pancake and waffle expert at our house. In fact, every Sunday morning that’s what he serves as breakfast in bed. I’m definitely going to pass along the trick about letting the dough sit overnight. Who knew?

  8. Lynzy & Co says:

    OMG I so need to make these. My girls would love these since they are minis. Bookmarking to make next week for sure.

  9. Mmm… bite sized waffles! This looks delicious and perfect for a treat on the weekend.
    I have never seen this recipe before but it looks like it would be really easy to make.
    The kids will love them!

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