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Authentic Liege Waffles---Waffles from Belgium! with recipe

Updated on November 14, 2013

Having grown up in a small city in Belgium in the province of Liège or Lüttich as we called it the German speaking area called 'DreiLänder Eck' (meaning 3 countries corner) which was near the German border. Liège, is also a major city and the administrative capital of Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium.

Geography lesson set aside, when most think of Belgium, they seem to think of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. However there are a few other gastronomical delights that can be found there. The waffle is just one of those treasures.

Very few foods seem to actually come from what the name depicts... take the French Fry... they actually in all honesty should be renamed Belgium fries because that is where they were originally prepared... but I'm off on a tangent again.

In the international food arena Belgian waffles are probably one of the more popular foods that come from Belgium.

Did you know there are two different types of Belgian Waffles? The Brussels Waffle and the Liègeois Waffle. (gauffre (one) --- gauffres (many) as the Belgians call them)

The Brussels waffle: is a usually round thick waffle that is a dessert eaten with a fork off a plate with an assortment of fresh or canned fruit, whipped cream, ice cream, drizzled with melted chocolate, just plainly sprinkled with powder sugar or a combination of all of the above. The junk food vending machines also sell a version of the Brussels waffle thinly coated in chocolate...





The Liège or Liègeois waffle is a golden-yellow, thick, more dense in texture, coated with a burned sugar or caramelized sugar coating on the outside, finger lickin' perfect waffle... that can stand on its own. These are freshly made and sold by street vendors and supermarkets everywhere in Belgium and eaten, 'no fuss-no guff' by hand on the go. These usually come in plain, vanilla or cinnamon flavored. The caramelized sugar coating of the authentic liege waffle comes from sugar chunks being added to the batter better said dough and the special Belgium waffle makers. These unique waffle irons were only available in Belgium but are necessary for the waffles to get their signature crunchy-golden outside and fluffy inside.

Now you can buy these Belgium waffle makers most any places. The one I use used to be my Mom's and it came with us when we immigrated here to Canada in 1969 (it then already was a few years old) . It now is the ugliest thing you have ever seen and I'm quite embarrassed to take it out in front of company but it makes the best, tastiest and most beautiful golden brown waffles you could ask for. It is similar to the one pictured here except it makes two waffles at a time. Most of them come with a hefty price but it's worth it, considering that you probably will never have to buy another one of these heavy duty makers ever again.

(with great sorrow I have to report that after having been in service for almost 50 years my Mom's waffle iron has given up the ghost and has moved on to live in the great big blue yonder in the sky


Ingredients:

makes 6 Gaufres Liège

  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup scalded whole milk at 110-115 degrees
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. of water at 110-115 degrees
  • 3 cups Bread flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten @ room temperature
  • 2Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 8 Tbsp. soft room temperature butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Belgian Pearl Sugar(available at IKEA and bulk food stores)



Methodology:

  • Place yeast, milk, and water and beer into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir for a few seconds to moisten the yeast.
  • Add the eggs and 1/3 of the flour. Mix to blend. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Sprinkle remaining flour over the mixture, but do not stir it in. Cover and let stand 75-90 minutes (at the end of that time, you’ll notice the batter bubbling up through the cover of flour).
  • Add brown sugar an mix on low speed – just to blend.
  • Add honey and vanilla.
  • Then add butter Mix 4 minutes at medium-low speed; scrape down sides once or twice in that period.
  • Let the dough rest for 5 minute and then continue to mix for another 2 minutes.
  • Dough will be sticking to the sides of the bowl then will ball-up on the paddle.
  • Sprinkle dough lightly with flour, cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 4 hours. This is a crucial step so do not cut corners on the resting time.
  • Then REFRIGERATE FOR 30 MINUTES. This is essential. The yeast respiration must be slowed before continuing
  • Stir the dough down
  • Place  add all of the pearl sugar to the cold dough 
  • Once mixed, divide the dough into 6 pieces of equal size.
  • Shape each chunk into an oval ball let rise for 1 -  1 1/2 hours
  • Bake at exactly 365-370 degrees in a professional waffle iron (the max temp before sugar begins to burn/decompose) for approximately 2.5  minutes.


The Liege waffle with crushed sugar.

Photos by clary, thank you.

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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      As long as you buy the type of waffle maker that can be turned you should be okay. As with everything you should buy the very best you can afford. The one I'm still using is still from when I was a kid. It works great, makes the best waffles but looks ugly as H***. The sugar and grease of more than 50 years of usage burned right into the outside of it. I sure would hate to have to buy a new one now as they're really quite expensive. Thank you for taking a look and for commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      gumbogary 

      6 years ago

      Zsuzsy Bee: In the coming days, I will buy a commercial-grade Belgium Waffle maker... QUESTION: Are waffle makers all about the same, or are there characteristics that make some better than others? Your insight would be greatly appreciated, especially since it seems like a pricey investment! Gold Medal is a popular commercial brand in the U.S., but again, I don't know if this product is worth $700 or if I can do better with a Brussels or Liège maker (I have yet to identify one online). Thanks!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya Lamme, how are you? I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the Belgian waffle recipe. It's funny that you mentioned that the recipe rises really fast. We went off in the RV a few weeks back and I had just made up a double batch when neighbor campers stopped over for a chit chat.

      They talked and talked... by the time they left the dough had a life of its own and was starting to walk off the table... They were really light and fluffy

      Thanks for reading and for commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Lamme 

      6 years ago

      Zsuzsy Bee, I can't believe it's been 13 months since I bookmarked this recipe, but it's been on my mind ever since. I just wanted to stop in and let you know that I FINALLY got everything together and made these today. Wow! It is certainly a long process, but so worth it! My kids were gobbling these up faster than I could make them. Thank goodness I made a double batch. Oh, and anyone who is considering making a double batch - be very careful, the dough really rises. We looked over and found it creeping out of the bowl :) Thank you so much for this delicious recipe, it is going to go down as one of our all time favorites!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Carolyn Jung, yum is right. I love these waffles even though they're a bit of a pain to make it's well worth the effort.

      Thank you for taking a look and for commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Carolyn Jung 

      7 years ago

      I am dying to try these waffles with the crunchy bits of sugar inside. My nieces had them when they traveled to Belgium and raved about them. I hear there's a waffle cart in NY that makes them, too. YUM!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Support Med., always glad when you stop in for a visit.

      thanks for taking a look and for commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the recipe; sounds great! I love homemade pancakes so I'll def give the waffles a try! Voted-up/rated.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Lammee, you're very welcome. Enjoy.

      Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Lamme 

      8 years ago

      OMG, I have been trying to figure out how to replicate those delicious waffles for many years! I've tried everything, including putting sugar directly on the waffle grids before adding the batter. I've come close, but could never get that sweet, crunchy, delicious coating on my waffles. I have a waffle maker just like you've got pictured ... and now I have a recipe. Just need to get the pearl sugar and I'm all set!!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe, I'm bookmarking another one of your hubs and rating it up.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi G, let me know what you think after you try them. My daughters birthday is coming up and she's always wanted one of the special Belgium waffle makers so I guess I'll be heading up to Toronto in the next few days to buy her one. I know, I know it's not that great of a gift but she really wants one... then she can make them for me for a change (there is a method to my madness)

      Always glad when you stop in for a visit.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      ZB! These look so yummy! I will try to make. Thank you for the inspiration! G

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Habee, how are you? Let me know when you're coming and I have the waffles ready for you. My granddaughters were here this past weekend and they asked for waffles. I can honestly say that they are worth every bit of the hassle they take to make. We had them with the last of the fresh strawberries from the garden, yum.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      breakfastpop, always glad when you drop in.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, you have me drooling! I'm a sucker for waffles. If I come to Canada, will you make me a couple?? lol

      Thumbs up!

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      They sound marvelous!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Internetwriter62, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Hope you get a chance to visit Belgium and try an authentic waffle.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Russell, aren't these memories just grand.

      I remember eating these waffles with my friends. At the school I went to for morning break we were able to buy a waffle for 4 franks (it was a loooong time ago). It never seemed to be a proper day without having had one of these little treasures.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      saddlerider1, glad you stopped by. I should make them more often but then this recipe really isn't considered a great 'dietary' resource... mainly because of the 'I-want-more-I-gotta-have-more-taste'

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Internetwriter62 

      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank for bringing back some really wonderful memories from my twenties. When I lived in California, in the San Fernando Valley there was a restaurant called The Belgium Waffle and they made the most fantastic food there, fantastic waffles, the most delicious broccoli soup I ever had and other delicious dishes. The owner was from Germany and he had the most beautiful restaurant, very warm and friendly.

      I wish I could go to Belgium but I have never had the opportunity to go to Europe, maybe one day. The recipe you wrote looks delicious. Lovely hub, thank you for sharing.

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      Russell-D 

      8 years ago from Southern Ca.

      I remember how special they were. On the hotel La Barge in Bruges, the waffles were served with strips of thick bacon and an egg up. Add honey, jam or syrup and you had a taste that merged the not sweet with the sweet, Add coffee or tea and you were ready for whatever. Wunderbar!! Also, in Belgium what else I most remember are the Mussels, served in a huge tureen about 24 to the order downed with an iced draft beer. A great inexpensive dinner, available in shop after shop in downtown Brussels. Thanks for the memories. David Russell

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      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      I love waffles and whenever I have a chance to order at Pancake House, it's usually a Belgium waffle. They are so delicious. Thank you for the sharing, I now have to dig out my waffle maker and become creative.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Steveo, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I also wish there was a street vendor with these treasures here in my neck of the woods. I could really go for one right now... (haven't had breakfast yet)

      take care

      Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Audrey, always glad when you stop by for a visit. I love new tastes so I'm forever trying out new recipes. Then if I think my gang would like them too I will try them out on them. My cook book is getting thicker too. It's become a tradition for the past six years that I put together a cook book for my kids for Christmas. I'm collecting already for #7.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      SteveoMc 

      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Oh how I wish there was a street vendor on my street selling finger lickin good waffels....the ones with the burnt sugar. Oh yeah, baby. On second thought, I probably am very lucky that there are not such vendors. I would be broke and way fatter. If ever I wanted to click on an ad, this was the time. Great skill in pointing your reader to ad clicking. I love it

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kaie, thanks for dropping in. These waffles can be a pain in the watoosy to make but they're worth every bit of time spent on doing them.

      My granddaughters are coming on the weekend and they asked for these little treasures... I'll be making a quadruple batch as always.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I need another recipe like I need a hole in my head but guess what? I'm definitely keeping it because I love waffles and Belgians are the best! Thanks for adding to my notebooks which I think are getting embarrassing!

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      Kaie Arwen 

      8 years ago

      Awwwwwwww, these sound great! I may be having breakfast for dinner tomorrow! Kaie

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