If you follow me on Instagram, you know I kind of have a little of an obsession with a local food truck called Waffle Love. This food truck makes these amazing Liege Belgian waffles. These are different than the regular Belgian waffles that most of Americans are familiar with.
Liege waffles are made from a yeast dough with bits of pearl sugar that create bits of caramelized goodness in the waffle once cooked on a Belgium waffle maker. The consistency of the waffle itself is like a cross between what we know here as a waffle and a cookie. It is quite sweet, with a crunchy exterior and a soft and chewy inside.
There are many ways to top them – nutella and biscoff are favorites along with some fruit and whipped cream. My all time favorite is nutella with raspberries and whipped cream. Here is what the waffles look like from the food truck.
Today is National Waffle Day
To celebrate National Waffle Day, I have an at home version of the amazing Waffle Love liege waffles that I am so obsessed with. They turned out quite fabulous, if I must say so. After making these, I even made them again for my sons group for Prom as a late night treat after the dance. They all really enjoyed them. They work for breakfast or dessert!
Now the most tricky part of making these waffles is acquiring the sugar. When I did my research, consensus was you must use the Belgian pearl sugar for these waffles. So that is what I got. However, I think for the at home version, I would buy the Swedish pearl sugar for next time.
The Belgian pearls are larger and just didn’t cook enough in my waffle maker to get all dissolved and caramelized like I would have liked. So I think the smaller Swedish pearl sugar would dissolve and caramelize better. I just purchased the sugar online from Amazon but it can be found at specialty kitchen stores too.
I also did see another person online that used sugar cubes and broke them into pieces like the pearl sugar and said it worked fine, so that is an option if you want to try that.
How to Top Liege Waffles
To top my waffles, I had biscoff, Nutella, caramel, strawberries, bananas, and cream. The favorite with the family is Nutella, strawberries and cream.
One other tip, I tried to refrigerate some of the dough for later. I pulled it out of the fridge for a bit before cooking but didn’t feel that worked as well. Then I cooked some and reheated them by placing them back in the waffle maker for a little bit. This worked well. So if you have leftovers or want to make them ahead of time, this is the way to do it.
How to clean your waffle maker after
Now, after you make these amazing liege waffles and eat them all gone, you will find a lovely caramelized sugar mess left in your waffle maker. This is not so fun to clean. However, I did find a method that works quite well and won’t leave you cussing up a storm while trying to clean the sticky mess from your waffle iron.
In my waffle maker, I mix up a solution of 1 cup water and 2 Tbsp cornstarch. With the waffle iron on, pour the corn starch batter into you waffle make and close like you are making waffles. Now let it cook until it all turns crispy like a cornstarch waffle. This can take as long as 5- 10 minutes. Then remove the cornstarch waffles from your maker and allow the waffle maker to cool. If there are any bits left, once cooled, just brush them out with a pastry brush or silicone brush. That’s it. Now your waffle maker will look like new!
As part of the #NationalWaffleDay celebration, I also team up with some other bloggers to compile a collection of more amazing waffle goodness to enjoy this day, so be sure to check it all out! We love #CelebratingFood2015
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup butter, partially melted
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup Swedish or Belgian Pearl Sugar
- Toppings: Nutella, Biscoff spread, caramel, raspberries, banana slices, sliced strawberries, whipped cream, etc.
- In a large bowl, add milk, yeast, and granulated sugar. Allow to sit until foamy.
- Add eggs, vanilla, and butter to yeast mixture and whisk together until combined.
- Whisk in 2 cups of the flour and then switch to a spoon and mix in the last cup.
- Over with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. This takes 30-60 minutes. I preheat my oven to warm or 170 degrees then turn off and place the dough in to raise.
- Uncover and stir down the dough. Then fold in the pearl sugar and let set for 15 minutes.
- Preheat Belgian waffle iron. Spoon out a baseball sized amount of dough and place in the waffle iron. My waffle iron has 2 waffles so I can do 2 at a time.
- Cook until golden. This takes about 2 minutes. I have mine iron set to medium heat.
- Carefully remove from waffle iron and top with desired toppings. Makes 10-12 waffles.
- See blog spot for tips on how to clean the waffle iron.
Celebrating Food Bloggers Recipes (all pictured above)
- Lemon Poppyseed Waffles w/Lemon Butter Syrup from Jamie Cooks It Up!
- Whole Wheat Raspberry Leige Waffles with Lemon Syrup from Happy Food Healthy Life
- Coconut Liege Waffles from Ashlee Marie
- Golden Butter Waffles from Like Mother, Like Daughter
- Vanilla Orange Waffles with Butter Syrup from Butter With A Side of Bread
- Cinnamon Roll Waffles from Creations by Kara
- Waffles with Maple Nut Buttercream Sauce from Summer Scraps
- Churro Waffles from Cupcake Diaries
- Gluten Free Banana Nut Waffles from Tried and Tasty
More Waffle Recipes from Real Mom Kitchen
- Buttermilk Waffles
- Open House Waffles
- Oatmeal Waffles
- Basic Waffles
- Tutti Frutti Waffles
- Waffles of Insane Greatness
- Tender Sour Cream Waffles
- Pineapple Upside-Down Eggo Waffles
- Fried Ice Cream Eggo Waffles
- Boston Cream Pie Eggo Waffles
- Eggo Churro Wafflers with Chocolate Dipping Sauce
- Lemon Belgian Waffles with Blueberry Syrup
- Chocolate Waffles with Bananas and Caramel Syrup
- Pumpkin Waffles with Pumpkin Spiced Syrup
- Waffles for a King
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles with Strawberry Sauce
- Overnight Strawberry and Cream Cheese Baked Waffles
- Toasty Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Cranberry Butter