Belgian Liege Waffles are dense, rich, sweet and chewy and easy to make at home. The whole family will love this delicious treat!
One of our favorite Portland restaurants is The Waffle Window.
It is often the first place we stop after picking up kids from the airport when they come home for a visit. The Waffle Window is conveniently located between our house and the airport.
It is literally a window on the side of a building and they serve the most amazing Belgian Liege waffles. I decided it would be fun to make my own version at home.
What Are Liege Waffles?
A Liege Waffle is more dense than our family Overnight Yeast Waffle. This waffle is a a richer, denser, sweeter, and chewier waffle. It is also made with yeast and has another secret ingredient which is pearl sugar.
What is Pearl Sugar?
I found the pearl sugar at IKEA but you can also order it online through Amazon.
Pearl Sugar is a crunchy sugar from Sweden that is used in baked goods. The sugar particles caramelize on the waffle as they bake.
How to Make Liege Waffles
The waffle batter is made with a combination of flour, yeast, water, eggs, milk, melted butter, salt, vanilla and pearl sugar.
Pearl sugar is an important ingredient. The waffles can be made without it but it will effect the flavor and texture.
The dough is quite thick.
Allow it to raise for about 30 minutes and it will look like this.
Then add in the pearl sugar and stir to mix.
Heat up your waffle iron and you are ready to get cooking.
I put about 1 cups worth of dough onto the waffle iron, or about a scoop the size of a baseball for your sports enthusiasts! Flaten them out with the back of a spoon.
The recipe makes about 8-10 waffles.
Belgian Waffle Toppings
- Fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
- Lemon Curd
- Whipped Cream
- Peanut Butter
Another fun option is to dip half of the waffle into melted chocolate. Tap it on the side of the dish to knock off the excess chocolate.
Then give it a sprinkle of sprinkles!
These are fun to east right out of your hand!
However you choose to eat your Liege Belgian Waffles I promise you’ll love it!
They freeze well too!
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Liege Waffle Recipe
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 3/4 C milk lukewarm
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 C butter melted
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 C flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 C pearl sugar you cam add up to 1.5 cups
- Sprinkle yeast and white sugar over warm milk in a bowl. Milk temperature should be no more than 100 degrees.
- Let stand until yeast foams, about 15 minutes.
- Mix together eggs, butter and vanilla.
- Pour into yeast mixture and stir.
- Put flour and salt into a bowl and form a well in the center.
- Pour egg mixture into well and stir until a soft dough forms.
- Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes or until double.
- Gently fold in pearl sugar.
- Preheat waffle iron
- Place approximately 1 cup or a baseball size ball of dough into preheated waffle iron. Flatten with the back of a spoon.
- Cook until crisp.