Liege Waffles

These crisp and sweet liege waffles are incredibly delicious, and so easy to make. They’re a decadent and elegant dessert!

These crisp and sweet liege waffles are incredibly delicious, and so easy to make. They're a decadent and elegant dessert!

I have a little running list of restaurants to visit whenever we’re in Utah visiting family, and Bruges Bistro is one of my favorites! I had my first-ever liege waffle there over a decade ago, and it was love at first bite. A friend had recommended the restaurant to us, and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. They make their liege waffles fresh to order, and when I saw them adding a big ball of dough with sugar chunks in it to the big hot waffle iron, I was a little skeptical about whether I would actually like the end result. Once I tried it, though, the crisp exterior, chewy and soft interior, and sweet pearl sugar won me over. It was even better than I hoped!

How to Make Liege Waffles at Home

Since I can’t visit Bruges Bistro as often as I’d like, I started making these homemade liege waffles a few years ago. They are so fun, totally delicious, and surprisingly easy to make! The dough is different from a typical waffle batter in that it’s much thicker, like a sticky bread dough. The waffle dough also has yeast in it, so it needs to rise for about 30 minutes before the waffles are ready to cook. The most crucial ingredient is the pearl sugar!

You’ll want to be sure to use Belgian pearl sugar, rather than the smaller Swedish pearl sugar. I’ve always used the Lars’ Own brand and had great results. I’ve found it at World Market and on Amazon, and it’s what makes the liege waffles extra special. After the dough has risen, you’ll mix in the sugar (I like to use my hands) and try to distribute it evenly throughout the dough.

From there, divide the dough into twelve equal pieces (you can use a scale if you want to be extra like I am). Roll each piecee into a ball and let them rest for a few minutes while you preheat your waffle iron.

You’ll want to spray the waffle iron with cooking spray to prevent the sugar in the waffles from sticking. The sugar tends to melt and caramelize wherever it makes contact with the waffle iron, and it can leave a bit of a mess. I found it helpful to wipe down the waffle iron with a damp paper towel (held with tongs) in between waffles to keep the mess down.

These crisp and sweet liege waffles are incredibly delicious, and so easy to make. They're a decadent and elegant dessert!

How to Serve Liege Waffles

These waffles are crisp and caramelized on the outside, but still chewy and soft on the inside. They’re excellent both warm and cold, and will stay fresh for a few days in an airtight container. My favorite way to serve them is with soft freshly whipped cream and fruit on top (usually bananas or strawberries) but the possibilities are endless! Try them with Nutella or peanut butter, chocolate syrup or caramel sauce, jam or fresh berry sauce. You really can’t go wrong!

These crisp and sweet liege waffles are incredibly delicious, and so easy to make. They're a decadent and elegant dessert!

These liege waffles are so special and unique! They’re a delicious dessert that’s sure to impress.

Liege Waffles

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Prep Time:45 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces Belgian pearl sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the milk. Let sit until bubbling. Add the butter, eggs, salt, vanilla, and flour, and mix to form a thick and sticky dough. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • After the dough has risen, gently fold in the pearl sugar. Preheat and grease a waffle iron. Divide the dough into twelve equal balls. Bake the balls one by one in the waffle iron until golden brown and cooked through. (You may need to clean the waffle iron with a damp paper towel between waffles.)
  • Serve warm with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Servings: 12
These crisp and sweet liege waffles are incredibly delicious, and so easy to make. They're a decadent and elegant dessert!

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