Desserts | May 6, 2019

Liege Waffle Recipe

 

For a long time, I avoided making Liege waffles. When I researched the type of waffle maker used at Bruges, I realized the cost of a commercial griddle was out of reach for me, especially since I only make waffles occasionally.

I wondered if I would be able to achieve the same crispy outside and soft inside found when I purchased a waffle- hot off the cast iron griddle found at Bruges? I purchased the Pearl Sugar, essential when making a proper and traditional Liege waffle recipe.

But the package of Pearl Sugar sat unopened for a couple of years because I was afraid my little waffle maker wasn’t up to the task of properly cooking a Liege waffle…

Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the Lars Belgian Pearl Sugar surfaced in my pantry again, and I knew I had to tackle this recipe once and for all and see if it could be made on my trusty Belgian waffle maker.

Let me preface this with- once in a while, I make a recipe a dozen times and it just doesn’t turn out quite the way I want, so it never gets published. And once in a blue moon, I make a recipe the first time and it is exactly everything I hoped for!

My friend Janalee told me she uses the recipe on the back on the Lars Belgian Pearl Sugar Package with great results. I took a look and made a few changes. I felt like the butter could be reduced, and the dough could use bit of sugar (yes, even though it already had 8 oz of pearl sugar added).

Also, the addition of a little more salt and vanilla seemed essential to me. The stars aligned and guess what? I can’t imagine a better copycat of our favorite Liege waffle found at Bruges, made in the waffle maker I’ve been using for years. . Many thanks to Janalee for sharing this recipe!

I think you’re going to absolutely love our Liege Waffle Recipe! It’s perfect for parties, brunches, dessert and really, almost any type of celebration. The waffles may be made ahead and stored in the freezer or refrigerator.

The dough is so simple to mix up. The use of a stand mixer, such as Kitchenaid or a Bosch makes this recipe so easy to throw together.

A assortment of toppings listed in the recipe are just a start to the endless possibilities of accompaniments to this Liege Waffle Recipe!

If you’d like to give these as treats, let the waffles cool completely and either leave plain or drizzle with dipping chocolate and let cool completely again.

When completely cooled, place in a cello bag and tie with a string for a yummy home made gift. Gifting this with the recipe printed out and my favorite waffle maker is the perfect wedding, birthday or Mother’s Day gift!

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Liege Waffle Recipe

Liege Waffles just like the waffles found at Bruges in SLC, Utah! Crisp outsdie and soft inside, these yeast waffles can easily be made at home with a few simple ingredients. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword Belgian Waffles, dessert waffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rise time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz Belgian Pearl Sugar

Toppings

  • Sliced strawberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, Nutella, Whipped Cream, Powdered sugar.

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over warm milk in bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast begins to foam.

  2. Add 2 eggs, melted butter and whisk together with fork.

  3. Add 3 cups flour, salt and vanilla to yeast and milk mixture. Mix on low with dough hook until mixture is smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and mix on low for 2 minutes.

    Place in a warm location, covered for 30 minutes.

  4. After dough has risen, fold 8 oz of Belgian Pearl Sugar into dough using a large spoon or by hand. 

    Divide dough into pieces about 3-4 oz each. You should have 9-10 balls of dough. 

  5. Preheat waffle iron for 10 minutes before cooking dough. 

    Generously grease waffle iron using cooking spray. Cook one piece of dough at a time, placing dough in middle of waffle iron, close and cook until outside is crispy and center is cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on heat level and waffle iron used. Watch carefully, as sugar will burn if cooked at too high temperature. 

  6. Lay cooked waffles on a wire rack while cooking remaining dough. May be kept in warm oven (225 degrees) until ready to serve, or serve immediately with toppings. 

Recipe Notes

  • To clean waffle iron, use a spatula to remove any remaining bits of sugar while waffle iron is still warm. You may also use a damp cloth or paper towel at the end of a silicone spatula to clean. 
  • Pearl Sugar is found at kitchen stores such as Orson Gygi in SLC, William Sonoma and online at Amazon. 

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  1. I’m so excited to make these for my sons birthday party. When you freeze them ahead of time do you just let them defrost and serve or do you have to crisp them up again?

    1. Hi Amber, I usually just let them defrost but you could put them in the oven for a few minutes if you prefer them warm. Thanks for asking and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  2. 5 stars
    These liege waffles are amazing! I’ll be making them often! Thank you, Si for all your recipe testing!

    1. You’re very welcome, Denise, I’m glad you enjoyed them and thanks for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

    2. Hi,
      I would love to try this recipe. Are you able to provide measurements in grams and mls. I am in Australia and our cup measurements are different and we measure butter in grams.
      Thanks
      Jenny

  3. We just made these tonight for our Mother’s Day dessert and wow!! So yummy! Reminded me exactly of Bruges! Thanks so much for sharing! Question, if I have leftover dough will it keep or do I need to make them all into waffles and save them that way?

    1. Hi Katie, they will keep for a day or two, but it is best to freeze the dough and then let it thaw and raise before cooking. Or you can just cook all at once and freeze after cooking. Thanks for asking and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

    2. 5 stars
      We LOVE Bruges and LOVE liege waffles. Do you have a recipe or hack to duplicate their creme fraiche? I haven’t been able to recreate the same texture.

      1. Hi Lindy,
        I don’t have one, but will post it here if I come up with a copycat! Thanks,
        Si

  4. 5 stars
    I had these at a coffee shop on vacation and have been thinking of them since. I definitely never thought I’d be able to make them at home. These were perfect!! They were so simple to make but felt so fancy. I don’t have an expensive waffle maker but they still worked perfectly with my little cheap one. My husband said he likes them better than regular waffles, so I’ll definitely be making them again. Thanks, Si!!

    1. I agree, Joellen, they’re a nice change from the traditional waffle and definitely fancier! Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  5. 5 stars
    Si!
    You nailed this recipe!! These turned out sooooo AMAZING!!!! (Like all your recipes do) We made these for Mother’s Day. The texture is perfect!!! We love Bruges and are so happy to be able to make them from home now!!! Thank you!!!

    1. You’re very welcome, Kumari! Thanks for sharing and I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed this recipe as much as we have.
      xo
      Si

  6. I’ve avoided making these as well, but more because of the clean up with the addition of the pearl sugar. Is the waffle iron harder to clean, and does the sugar burn on the iron? Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      Oh it definitely burns on there. I have a Cuisinart Griddler with waffle plates and I’ve only used them a few times, so they are still really non stick. I also used butter and honestly the burnt on sugar wasn’t difficult to clean up. I sprayed with hot water and it dissolved right off. If your iron doesn’t have removable plates and isn’t very non stick anymore, clean up could be a challenge.

  7. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this recipe. I’ve been using a different liege waffle recipe that was VERY time consuming. This recipe is perfect! Thank you for recreating my favorite waffle!

  8. 5 stars
    Love these! I traveled to Belgium earlier this year and had been looking for a recipe to re-create the waffles I had over there. These were amazing!!

  9. 5 stars
    I made these tonight for my family and they are SO GOOD! We put sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream on top. The sugar is very hot, so don’t touch the waffles while you’re taking them out of the waffle maker (oops). Doubled the recipe and came home with only 4 waffles 🙂 I’ve been to Belgium and had real Belgian waffles and these are contenders!

  10. 5 stars
    5 stars all the way!!! I went to Belgium for my first time last month and went crazy over their waffles. I was so excited to find this recipe— it was pure gold. I haven’t made many recipes with yeast so I was a little intimidated, but the directions were easy to follow and seriously the waffles were AMAZING! Definitely will be making again!

    1. I agree, Sarah! This waffle recipe is so special and such a nice change up from the traditional waffle. Thank you for sharing,
      xo
      Si

  11. HI!
    We are hosting a breakfast for dinner party this weekend. I too have a bag of pearl sugar in my pantry and a special request for these waffles. Can I prep the dough and place in the fridge until we are ready to make them? If so, please explain the process. Thank you for this post – it’s given me the confidence to attempt liege waffles!!

    1. Hi Amy, yes you can make the dough ahead. Just place in the freezer in dough balls, covered. When ready to use just let sit on counter for an hour before cooking. Or you may cook and completely cool and then freeze until the day of serving. Hope this helps and thanks for asking!
      xo
      Si

  12. 5 stars
    Those were fantastic! We decided we would use less of the pearl sugar next time by simply rolling the dough balls in it right before we make each waffle. Was super easy to make and delicious.

    1. Yes, Jayme, I usually shape the dough into individual balls, wrap them, refrigerate overnight and then cook the next morning. Thanks for asking and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  13. 5 stars
    Yummmmm……… I tried 2 different recipes. The first one required 2 hour rise on the counter and an over night rise in the fridge. It was very good. Then we made this recipe and it was exceptional and easier. Will definitely make it again. thanks!

  14. 3 stars
    This recipe was okay. I had to add an extra 2 Tbsp butter and cut back the granulated sugar by half. Then it was perfect!

  15. Maybe it doesn’t matter,but can you clarify what type of yeast you used?
    Active Dry yeast, Instant Quick Rise yeast, Fresh Active yeast? I don’t use yeast much to cook so I was surprised there were so many choices!

  16. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes! It’s worth a few extra minutes and they freeze well. It is a hit every. Single. Time. 10☆

  17. 5 stars
    So so delicious!! And really easy to make, I found the recipe this morning and whipped them up this evening and they couldn’t be more perfect!

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING! If tastes exactly like the waffles you get at your favorite liege waffle place! I found my pearl sugar on Amazon in case you can’t go out and about right now.

    This is my second time making liege waffles. The first time I used a different recipe, but I do have to say they turn out MUCH better if you have a waffle iron that has different heat settings. The first time I made some I used a cheap waffle iron with one heat setting and the sugar didn’t quite melt, so there were big crunchy bits of sugar. When I made this recipe I used our All-Clad waffle iron and turned it to the highest heat setting. They cooked PERFECTLY!

    I have also found that pouring some warm water on to the waffle iron directly after finishing cooking you waffles and closing the iron helps steam off the sugar. Once it’s cooled you can wipe it with a damp paper towel and it cleans super easily.

    1. I agree, Whitney, the waffle iron makes a huge difference. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for sharing and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  19. 5 stars
    I’ve made these waffles three times and love them! I cut up sugar cubes in eighths as a substitute for the pearl sugar and cook four at a time on my waffle iron.

    1. Love that idea to use sugar cubes as an alternative, Corbin! Thank you for sharing and for reading ABK,
      Si

  20. 5 stars
    Hi! I read though the comments and couldn’t find clarity on instructions for freezing The dough— do you recommend freezing the dough After it’s Risen? Then let it thaw and rise again on counter when ready to cook? Or will they taste just as good freezing the waffles already cooked Up and just let thaw and warm up? Love this recipe thank you so much for sharing !

  21. 5 stars
    These are gorgeous! I have been wanting to make liege waffles for ages but was too intimidated. This recipe was so easy and they turned out perfect. Thank you!!

  22. Thank you for this recipe! I absolutely love love LOVE Liege waffles, but I only have instant yeast at home! Can I substitute instant yeast for active dry in this recipe?

    1. Hi Ayana, instant yeast should be okay to use in this recipe, let me know how they turn out! Thank you for asking and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  23. 3 stars
    very good, but definitely had others that are better. incredibly difficult to mix the sugar pearls, and seem just a bit too dense. Perhaps shaping them, and then letting them rise another couple of minutes would have done the job?

  24. 5 stars
    Thank you! I have tried 4 different reciepes and this one worked AND they are even BETTER than my local coffee shop. ♡♡♡ I made 2 batches this morning for a picnic birthday in our yard…quarantine style. Wrapped them in bandanas and socially distanced. Beautiful!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that Betsy, that’s such a cute way to wrap them! Thank you for sharing,
      xo
      Si

  25. Hi,

    Thanks for your sharing here. I have done a few times of Belgian waffle and not sure how the dough should be after mixing? Is it soft and oily or is it supposed to be like bread dough? Thanks
    BR,
    Shek ling

  26. 5 stars
    So delicious. Ate them plain. Came out perfect. Bought Belgian Pearl Sugar on Amazon. Will definitely make again.

  27. Just so you’re aware, these waffles originate from Bruges, Belgium. These are the true Belgian waffles sold on all the street corners in Belgium and they’re the best, but they don’t originate from Salt Lake City lol

  28. 5 stars
    This recipe is a song! I made these for my husband’s birthday and the whole family loved them! For years, we have been trying to replicate the delicious Liege Waffles that we had in Belgium for our baby moon. This recipe brought us back to the streets of Brussels. The waffles were crispy & caramelized on the outside and soft & chewy in the inside. Also, I was a little intimidated about making yeast waffles; this recipe was reliable & approachable. I made two minor modifications. With the pandemic, I was unable to get pearl sugar or enough all purpose flour. I used crushed sugar and 50% all purpose flour & 50% whole wheat flour. This will be our new birthday tradition!

  29. I made this recipe yesterday and it turned out great. I will probably tweak the amount of sugar next time, because it was a bit too sweet for our taste. It definitely reminded me of the delicious waffles we had in Belgium!

  30. 5 stars
    Good recipe. Love Liege waffles. For more interesting toppings check the menu for “Off the Waffle”, a restaurant in Eugene, OR.

    Gary

  31. I don’t have a stand mixer, but really want to make these! Could I use a electric hand mixer, or would the dough be too sticky/unruly? Thanks in advance!

  32. 5 stars
    If I could leave more than 5 stars I would. These are amazing! My kids look forward to the twice a year that we have them. I always order my sugar from amazon since it is otherwise a bit difficult to find locally.

  33. 5 stars
    These were amazing! We also love going to Bruges, their fries are amazing too. Wish I knew how they made their creme fraiche!

    Thanks for sharing!

  34. Hello! Do you think I
    Could make this without a waffle iron? Would it be possible to make this using waffle molds (silicone) inside an oven? I’ve been wanting to try your recipe so baaad!

    1. Hi Maria, I’m sure they would turn out great using waffle molds and baking them, I haven’t tried it that way though. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try! Thank you for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  35. 5 stars
    These turned out great! For an even easier way to make them, I made the dough in our bread maker. First, all the wet ingredients, then the flour and dry ingredients, then the yeast on top. Set to dough setting, and add in the pearl sugar about 5 minutes before the end of the knead cycle. The dough came out perfect. Ideal cook time for me was identical to regular waffles.

    1. I used active dry and turned out great. I assume the recipe is for active dry as there is a proofing step which you could probably skip if you use instant yeast.

  36. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! Everything comes out great except I had to manually pull the pearl sugar chunk out as they were too sweet for our likings. Other than that, it’s the best recipe I had ever tried for Liege Belgium Waffle. Great dough mix. Thank you Si!

  37. 5 stars
    This was my first time making Liege waffles! I was excited at the prospect of the delicious waffles, but so nervous about how a “dough” waffle would turn out, and if my stand up waffle maker would cut it. I was thrilled with the outcome. Crispy/crunch on the outside and soft/chewy on the inside. Delicious. Another home run for Si! Can’t wait to make them again.

  38. 5 stars
    These are the best waffles I have ever had!!!
    I made the balls 3oz., refridgerated them overnight. Took them out to rest for half an hour before cooking them at 400 degrees for 5 minutes in a George Foreman grill.
    I also made my own pearl sugar.
    So simple, so good!!

  39. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! Had to cancel a trip to Belgium last year due to covid so I had to make these and they were just like I remember from our previous trips. Thanks again.

  40. 5 stars
    These were so good. There was a great liege waffle restaurant in my town that unfortunately had to permanently close due to the pandemic so I was really missing these. I used a small ball of the dough to pick up burnt sugar from the iron in between each waffle, so it wasn’t even a big mess to clean up at the end. Highly recommend!

    1. Hi Emily!
      This is a great recipe for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert! Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
      Thank you for reading ABK!
      xo,
      Si

  41. 5 stars
    Made these for Mother’s Day and they were delicious ☺️ My Belgian boyfriend approved. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Emily!
      I’m so glad you and your Belgian boyfriend loved these waffles! Belgian approved. I’m honored! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
      Thank you for your positive comments and thank you for reading ABK!
      xo,
      Si

  42. 5 stars
    A very nice recipe. I first enjoyed these waffles in the Brussels train station 20+ years ago, but had never made them myself until now. We have a bit of a cheapie Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Maker, rather than a traditional waffle iron. So my dough balls were more like 2 oz each. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as directed and really enjoyed the final product. Thank you!

    1. Hi Chris,
      I love how recipes can take us back in time to amazing memories! I’m glad this recipe helped you recreate your travels in Brussels!
      These waffles are such a treat, I’m glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for your positive feedback and thank you for reading ABK.
      xo,
      Si

  43. 5 stars
    These waffles were amazing! My mom told me about Liege waffles she had at a place called Waffleton near Glacier Nat’l Park and raved about them. I bought the sugar last month to make them for Father’s day. I saw the recipe on the back but thought the butter was too much and found your recipe! I am glad I bought 2 packs of sugar! Cant wait to make them again. My daughter told me I make the best waffles 🙂 I served them with whipped cream and berries. We were able to make about 15. They seemed to cook better with a little less dough in the waffle maker I have. Followed recipe but used the entire packet of yeast (I think it is a little more than 2 tsp in a packet). Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Marisa,
      Thank you for your positive review! These are my favorite waffles as well. Thanks for your cooking tips and thank you for reading ABK!
      xo,
      Si

    1. Hi Jim,
      Great idea to use buttermilk. I’ll try it next time. This recipe is a favorite. Thank you for your positive comment and thanks for reading ABK!
      xo,
      Si

    1. HI K!
      Yes, you can use a regular waffle iron. If you can use/borrow a Belgian waffle iron, you will have a better result. I prefer the deep holes and the crispy texture it creates. Thank you for reading ABK!
      xo,
      Si

  44. 5 stars
    Such a good and delicious recipe! Made the dough and formed the balls the night before and let them hang out until the fridge until morning. They turned out great. Best liege waffle recipe yet !!

    1. Hi Autumn!
      You’ve got the right idea! Making the dough the night before makes cooking these waffles the next morning effortless and such a wonderful treat!
      SO glad you love this recipe! Thank you for your positive feedback.
      xo,
      Si