Just down the street from us is a waffle shop. We wake early most Sundays – rain, snow or shine – and high-tail it there for warm waffles and a steaming cup of coffee.
Always, we order the Liege waffles. A Belgian-style waffle, rich and yeasty, with layers of doughy goodness and speckles of crunchy pearl sugar caramelized between. We ask for it to come with a dollop of crème fraîche, blueberries, bananas, peppered bacon and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Sunday and waffles, what could be better?
Well, being able to make authentic Belgian waffles in the comfort of your own kitchen, that’s what.
The Perfect Recipe
Though most Liege waffle recipes require an overnight prep, we’ve found a recipe that can be whipped up while coffee is brewing, cooked until golden, and made into perfect homemade waffles in just about 45 minutes.
- .75 cups milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 packet dry yeast
- 3 eggs
- 1 cups butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- .5 tsp salt
- 1 cups pearl sugar
- Place milk in a pot.
- Heat just until warm to the touch.
- Transfer to a bowl, whisk in sugar and yeast.
- Allow to proof for 2-3 minutes, whisk in eggs, butter and vanilla.
The Perfect Waffle Maker
Though you can cook Belgian waffles in any waffle maker, most don’t have the extra-deep pockets needed to recreate the classic liege look. A great option is the All-Clad 4 Square Belgian Waffle Maker was designed for crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside waffles and delivers in every way. The perfect size, the perfect shape, cooked just right and with crunchy pearl sugar melting throughout, from top to bottom.
The Perfect Toppings
Once your waffles come outta the maker, serve them with a variety of toppings, and invite the fam (or friends) to DIY at your Belgian Waffle Bar. Whipped cream and yogurt, berries and bananas, sliced nuts, jam and caramel sauce are all welcome favorites. Serve with soft-boiled eggs and bacon, coffee and orange juice. And you’ll have Belgian brunch bar fit for kings (and smart people who know how to celebrate Sunday mornings).