Liege Belgian Waffles with Pearl Sugar

This recipe is what inspired me to purchase a waffle iron.  After visiting the “Taste of Belgium” stall at Findley Market in Cincinnati last year I just had to learn how to make these.  “Liege” style are not your typical Belgian waffles you get at the local breakfast spot.  These are packed full of a special Pearl Sugar that caramelizes during the baking process.  The result is a crispy caramel infused pastry that does not need syrup.

Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
8 oz softened butter (2 sticks)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups pearl sugar (such as Lars’ Own®)

Directions:

  1. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk.
  2. Gradually add all ingredients to the flour, except the pearl sugar.
  3. Let dough rise until it doubles (about 30 minutes)
  4. Add Pearl Sugar
  5. Divide dough into 3-4oz pieces
  6. Bake in a heated & greased waffle iron

 

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