After my brother-in-law raved about liege waffles on one of our trips to Utah, we decided we needed to try them. But, we just never had time to do it while we were there. That didn’t deter my sweet husband and he opted to try them at home. We hit a snag, but I’ll get to that in a few minutes. These were so delicious, we made them and crepes for Christmas breakfast… for nearly 20 people and they were demolished. I was so sad there were no leftovers! And I am not really a leftover kind of girl. These liege waffles are heaven smothered in biscoff butter, whipped cream, berries and chocolate.
Serves: 12 Waffles
- ¼ ounce active yeast (one packet or measure it out with a kitchen scale)
- 1½ Tbsp granulated sugar
- ¾ cup warm milk (around 100F or 40C)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ - 1 cup pearl sugar (see text below recipe box)
- Add yeast and sugar to the warm milk and let stand for 10-15 minutes until the yeast softens and forms a foam.
- Mix eggs, butter, and vanilla extract until evenly blended. Add to the yeast mixture and combine thoroughly.
- Stir together salt and flour in a large bowl. Add the egg-yeast mixture to the flour, slowly mixing until a soft dough is formed.
- Refrigerate in a covered bowl for 4-24 hours.
- Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let warm back to room temperature.
- Knead in the pearl sugar, but don't over handle the dough.
- Pre-heat a Belgium Waffle iron. You can use a standard waffle iron, but the deeper pockets in a Belgium waffle hold more yummy toppings and don't crush the sugar pearls as badly.
- Divide dough into 12 balls. Cover dough balls with the kitchen towel.
- Lightly butter or grease the waffle iron. Place dough balls, one at a time, in the waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Cool for 2-3 minutes. The sugar is super hot and can cause burns if it's eaten immediately off the iron.
- Repeat last step until all waffles have been cooked.
- Finish off with your desired toppings. Berries, fresh fruits, whipped cream, chocolate chips, cinnamon, Biscoff butter and nuts are our favorites!
What makes these waffles so amazing is the yeast-risen dough and the pearl sugar. It makes a delicious, dense waffle and the pearl sugar makes these suitable to be topped with fruit or chocolate… or both, as you can see in my photo. You can purchase pearl sugar on Amazon (or you can get it here a little cheaper if you already have an Amazon order just waiting to be submitted), at Whole Foods, IKEA and in some World Market locations. If you like a sweeter waffle, add more of the sugar pearls.
After a failed trip to our World Market and deciding that the 20 minute drive across town to Whole Foods wasn’t worth it after the phone call we made to a very confused Whole Foods staff for the off-chance they actually did have it. We were a bit discouraged. But guess what? You can make your own! if Prime shipping isn’t fast enough (or an option) and your nearest Whole Foods, World Market and IKEA are just too far, grab a small sauce pan and two ingredients and get ready to DIY Pearl Sugar right at home with yesterday’s post.