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Belgian Liege Waffles

Belgian Liege Waffles

Belgian liege waffles made with a yeast dough studded with pearl sugar. It is cooked stovetop until golden brown and caramelized all over.
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Dough Rest: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Belgian
Keyword: liege waffles, pearl sugar waffles
Servings: 12 waffles
Author: Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 100-110°F
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp, lightly whisked
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoon light brown sugar (57 g), packed
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (544 g)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (227 g)
  • 1 cup pearl sugar (186 g)

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Let mixture sit for 5-7 minutes until foamy and aromatic.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and brown sugar to mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Attach dough hook to stand mixer.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture in three additions. Mix on low speed until dough is a shaggy mess, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, add softened butter one tablespoon at a time. Once all the butter as been added, increase to medium speed. Knead for 5-7 minutes until dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl.*
  • Cover bowl and let dough rest for 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Punch down risen dough. Add pearl sugar. Use dough hook to mix in pearl sugar for 30 seconds on low speed, or use a sturdy spatula to fold in sugar.*
  • Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Shape into a rough ball. (A kitchen scale is recommended for equal portions!) Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, set up waffle iron.
  • I use this stovetop Belgian waffle iron. Separate the two waffle iron pieces and set over medium heat. Lightly brush irons with neutral flavored oil.
  • Once iron is hot (about 350°F measured on an infrared thermometer), add portioned dough balls to bottom waffle iron. Attach top waffle iron. Press down on handle to distribute dough. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Dough may steam as it cooks. Cook waffles until golden brown and pearl sugar has melted and caramelized.
  • Transfer cooked waffles to a wire rack while you cook remaining dough. Serve immediately. Otherwise, cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
    Waffles will lose their crunch once stored in an airtight container. Re-crisp in a toaster oven if desired.

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