I wrote back in May, asking for help to relive a wonderful waffle experience I had in Belgium. People kindly responded. I finally made my way out to our local Ikea, and picked up a pack of "pearl sugar" last week.
Today, I tried one of the waffle recipes I collected off this site and off the net back in May, and while it wasn't exactly like the one I had in Belgium (the sugar is *very* visible in the ones I made), they were very good with a sweet and yummy crust.
I took a picture of my results, but I can't figure out how to add it to my post... but here's the recipe I used:
Liege Waffles (Belgian Pearl Sugar Waffles) Recipe #158977
I have not yet had the good fortune to visit Belgium, but I do frequent a lovely NYC cafe called Le Pain Quotidien, which is based in Belgium. I tried their crispy, caramelized Belgian Sugar Waffle, and was instantly in love. If pearled sugar is not available, substitute an equal amount of coarsely crushed sugar cubes. I got this recipe off a Belgian website.
1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 cup softened butter
1 cup pearl sugar
4 servings Change size or US/metric
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35 minutes 30 mins prep
Mix yeast, water, sugar and salt, and let develop for 15 minutes.
Place flour into a large bowl.
Make a well, pour in yeast mixture, and begin to knead.
Continue to knead, add eggs, one at a time, and add soft butter, 2 tablespoons each addition, mixing well.
Let dough rest in bowl until doubled.
Gently mix in pearl sugar.
Let rest for 15 minutes.
Heat waffle iron.
When hot, butter waffle iron, pour in 3 tablespoons dough per waffle.
Cook for 3-5 minutes, until waffles lightly brown on top.
Serve warm or room temperature.