It’s always a treat when my husband makes us Belgian Waffles. We often have pancakes, as they are a great post-gym snack and the girls love on a Sunday but Waffles always seem just that much better. Of course you can buy a pack of waffles from the shop but they are seriously not the same as some home made waffles. My hubby uses a Belgian Waffles recipe he has adapted from Baker Bettie and they are really delicious!
You can check out our pancake recipe here.
We do have a waffle maker which of course is pretty essential but it is simply plates that we swap out of toastie machine.
Belgian Waffles with Bad Brownie Sauce
Of course waffles need to be served with something tasty and we have recently tried an amazing Salted Caramel sauce from Bad Brownie. As well as delivering fresh brownie boxes to your door with vegan and gluten-free options, they also stock sauces. This Salted Caramel Sauce was pretty incredible and you can see later on in this recipe post, how well it went with our Belgian Waffles.
200ml retails at £7 and can be drizzled over ice cream, on biscuits cakes, pancakes, in coffee, hot choc or porridge. You could just spoon it out of the jar or even forget the spoon!
Belgian Waffle Recipe
What is different about this recipe (that we all like) is it is not just a standard pancake mix used to make waffles, it is a style of waffle made with yeast dough and pearl sugar. I feel like you end up with almost a sugary bread and they waffles can be a bit chewy with bits of sugar inside. I actually like them a day or so later with a cup of tea.
These waffles are actually called Belgian Leige waffles due to the yeasty dough and not a batter. This makes them a little chewier.
Ingredients for Belgian Waffles
– 240ml of milk (we use semi-skimmed)
– Packet of active dry yeast (1 teaspoon)
– 50g of granulated sugar
– 75g of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
– 2 large eggs (out of the fridge)
– 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons of table salt
– 475g of plain flour
– 225g of pearl sugar or home-made pearl sugar (you can make your own by breaking sugar cubes into smaller pieces)
Method for Belgian Waffles
– The first step is preparing and hydrating the yeast. Your warm the milk and add the yeast to this.
– Then mix the melted butter (we do this either in a pan or microwave slowly), sugar and salt. Finally the eggs, one at a time and mix.
– Then add the flour and stir until a dough forms.
– You can use a mixer or do by hand (my husband does by hand) and knead the dough. This can take a few minutes (5-10) and my husband finds adding a little more flour helps, if the dough is a little sticky.
– You then need to ferment the dough. You cover the dough in a clean bowl, spray with oil and let it sit. I find this step crazy as the dough literally gets bigger due to the yeast! It sits at room temperature and doubles in size! It is meant to take 30-45mins with quick-rise yeast. I know my husband tends to leave a little longer though but told me we had to be careful or would expand too much and be ruined.
– You then deflate the risen dough by pressing in the centre.
– The next step is to add in your pearl sugar. It’s recommended to roll the dough and knead in the pearl sugar but my husband tends to drop a few pieces into the dough and kneading in with his hands, before adding to the waffle maker.
– You can leave the dough to sit then and heat up the waffle maker. As mentioned we use our toasty maker with waffle irons in it.
It is recommended to get the waffle maker at the right temperature to avoid burning the sugar but our one is set at one temperature and my husband hasn’t had any issues so far. If you can change the temperature start lower and increase up.
My husband tends to make smaller waffles, so we may get more than the suggested 12. As mentioned we also cover and save for another day. I quite like them cold but you could warm them up too!
You can see below how the sugar has caramelised on the waffle maker.,
They are pretty hot after first being cooked but not long and ready to eat!
Serving Belgian Waffles with Bad Brownie Salted Caramel Sauce
We served our waffles up warm with the Bad Brownie Salted Caramel Sauce. We also had a few pieces of chopped up strawberry! Delicious!
If you fancy an amazing treat definitely try out this recipe with some tasty Bad Brownie Salted Caramel Sauce!
Disclosure – we were provided with product and compensated for our time. All thoughts and opinions are our own.