Have you ever had a Liege Waffle? Also known as a Belgian Sugar Waffle, it's a special, caramelized sugar waffle that is perfection all on it’s own. Crispy, rich with just a hint of cinnamon.
Now the liege isn’t going to be the easiest waffle you’ve ever made for a few reasons. First you need to order up one persnickety, mission critical ingredient: Belgian Peal Sugar. Not the Swedish. The Belgian.
The Swedish version has pieces that are a little smaller and don’t work as well for this recipe. I usually order two bags and tuck one away.
The second thing you need to do is not burn yourself. Do not burn yourself. Say it with me, “melted sugar is ridiculously hot and I will not burn myself.” I’ll admit, my first go at these I definitely burned myself more than once. And it hurt. Second go around, I had my tongs, an oven mitt, and a backup fork for maneuvering the shiny hot waffles out of the iron.
Oh wait. There’s a third thing. These waffles are yeasted. So there’s some rise time you need to factor in. If you get organized, you can make these start-to-finish in about an hour. It does help to have a thermometer for the yeast. I like the ThermoPro, it's inexpensive, accurate and easy to use. So treat yourself an extra cup of coffee while you let your dough rise. Or better yet, take the dog on a quick spin around the neighborhood.
I don’t think these waffles require much in the way of toppings, but if you're looking to add a little something extra, try these:
So order up some special waffle sugar and let’s make brunch!Print
Have you ever had a Liege Waffle? Also known as a Belgian Sugar Waffle, its caramelized sugar makes it crispy and rich with just a hint of cinnamon.
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- ¾ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 8 oz. (2 sticks) vegan butter, softened
- 4 tbsp. water
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 8 oz. Belgian pearl sugar
- Combine sugar and almond milk in a small bowl. Microwave until the mixture is between 95-115 F. Stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar, then add the yeast. Set aside the mixture for the yeast to develop.
- In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon, and butter.
- In a separate bowl, combine the water, vegetable oil and baking powder. This is your egg replacer mix. Add the egg replacer mix and the developed yeast mix to the mixer bowl. Mix the dough on medium speed for 3-4 minutes or until dough come together smoothly. It should be thick, like pizza dough. If it’s too dry, add another tablespoon or two of almond milk.
- Leave the dough in the mixer bowl to rise. Cover it with a towel and put it in a warm spot for 30-60 minutes to rise. The dough should double in size.
- Once the dough has risen, mix in the Belgian sugar. Form the dough into 8-12 evenly shaped balls, a little smaller than a baseball.
- Warm your waffle iron and bake until crispy brown. Be very careful removing waffles from the iron. The melted caramelized sugar is extremely hot.
- Let waffles cool for a few minutes before serving.
- If the leftover waffles get too cool, the sugar hardens considerably. Just reheat in the toaster and they’ll spring back to life.
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