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Delicious Reasons to Wake Up Early

Fluffy, crispy, tender, and oh so sweet, these buttery Belgian (Liege) Waffles (or "Sugar Waffles" as my kids call them) will have you going back for more! The crispy waffles have such a fluffy interior that tastes so buttery and sweet they will disappear in a flash! The little pearls of sugar speckled throughout the batter give wonderful little crunchy sweet surprises as you devour this breakfast favorite. This is a great batter to make when you have guests because you can make the dough a day ahead, so there's no morning rush to figure out what to serve. These waffles also have a perfect texture to compliment a chicken and waffle dish, whipped cream and fruit, syrup and powdered sugar, or even topped with ice cream. The possibilities and flavors are endless!


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These waffles are so irresistible you may want to consider making a double batch. The first ones are always used as testers, but the subsequent waffles never seem to find a way to the plate!


Sweet Crunchy Tender Satisfaction


These "Sugar Waffles" are the perfect canvas to top with whatever inspiration your imagination provides. There are no limits to deliciousness!

Syrup isn't always necessary - though always a welcome accompaniment - when there's something so delicate and delicious and sweet. For deeper browning and even crispier exterior, roll the balls of dough lightly in powdered sugar before placing them on the hot waffle iron.


The Best Belgian Liege Waffles

1/3 c warm water, 105 - 115 degrees

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tbsp yeast

2 c flour

1 tsp salt

3 eggs

1 c butter + 1/4 c butter, melted

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 c sugar cubes, crushed

powdered sugar for dusting, optional


Waffling to Wake Up


In a small bowl, combine water and brown sugar. Stir in yeast and let it sit for about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture, making sure to scrape all of the sugar that may have settled in the bottom of the bowl. Mix well to form a shaggy dough. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well between each addition.


In the 1 cup of melted butter, stir in vanilla. Drizzle the butter into the dough in increments, mixing well between additions. The mixture will be very loose. Continue to mix and knead until it comes together. Sprinkle in the crushed sugar cubes and fold them into the dough to disperse.


Cover the batter with plastic wrap and let it rise for at least 2 hours to overnight in the refrigerator.


Heat a waffle iron to medium-high heat setting. From the 1/4 cup of melted butter, brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and set it in the center of the iron. Close it and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes (depending on your appliance) until deep golden brown. To serve, dust waffles with powdered sugar, top with fruit, whipped cream, syrup, or your favorite toppings.



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