Being Belgian, this is the kind of dessert I grew up with: waffles in different varieties (there’s also Brussels waffles etc.). Nor can you escape it if you travel in Belgium. These Liege waffles are sold in ciy centers and every train station – tempting when you go home hungry after work! I can only confirm that these waffles aren’t from Liege when without pearl sugar
Happy new year to you too, Tim! These waffles look just lovely. I like your thought about sharing specialized cooking equipment with friends! I haven’t been able to convince myself that I need a waffle iron, but maybe I can convince me and my friends that we all need one?
When I lived in Belgium, I spent many an afternoon transferring at the Brussels central station. My favorite thing there was the Liege style waffle stand – it was hidden away to the side, not on the main floor of the train station. But this man’s waffles were heavenly! Dense and chewy with the perfect amount of sugar crystals studded throughout. It is one of the things I miss most about Belgium! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for the memory!
I have pearl (nib) sugar as I bought it last year for chouquettes and love using it. However, I don’t have a waffle iron and can’t justify buying one when there are so many other delicious breakfast options that don’t require specialist equipment. However, I like your idea of sharing. Maybe I should set up a sort of kitchen equipment library with friends as I bet we all have different gadgets, cakes tins, moulds etc. without even realising it. Thank you for the inspiration! Let’s hope somebody I know, or somebody they know, has a waffle iron!
I happen to love coffee and sweets (and beautiful, well written cookbooks). I tend to avoid using unusual ingredients, because, well–sometimes the recipes come across as pretentious to me! I love the adventure of trying new things, though, so it’s admittedly difficult to find a balance. These waffles look fantastic!
Well, this just proves that great minds think alike. I just had a craving for these waffles New Years Day, but didn’t have the pearl sugar…I immediately went to Amazon & ordered myself some, now waiting impatiently for it to arrive….
I had these for the first time in August, on vacation in Curacao. They were so good that we paid for the very expensive breakfast at the hotel a second time, just to have more. When I asked for the recipe, I was told they were shipped in from Belgium. I am so excited to have this recipe(especially because this one looks so much more manageable than the other ones I’ve seen online). Thank you!
Love the suggestion that households should team up to share infrequently used appliances. Like, I might seriously go out and try to do that with some neighbors. Happy breaking your blogfast; happy new year. –S
Would you believe me when I told you I spent years looking for pearl sugar? I finally found it in a health food store while my son was at a soccer training and I bought it right away. I had been dying to make the waffles but could never find the sugar. I still have some in the pantry, I am looking forward to giving your recipe a try. The kids love the leige waffles.
Heaven involves waffles, I’m certain. And because I believe so, I own the fanciest Belgian waffle iron I can afford. It takes up a lot of space and gets used only 2 or 3 times a month. It is worth having because a bit of heaven 2 or 3 times a month is worth having!
One of the commenters says that they have a waffle iron but “only”‘miss it 2 or 3 times a month. Goodness, that seems like quite a lot of usage to me! Do you all have stove top ones or electric ones, and which is best? I think I may invest!
Hi Susan! I am also impressed by how often Pam makes waffles! I have an inexpensive electric waffle iron. It is just okay. I wish it got a little hotter. My guess is that like much kitchen equipment, the heavier the better.
Hi Tim. Thanks for your response. Apologies for the typo where I said “miss” instead of “use”. I hate typos but it is a problem with using my iPhone! I will investigate waffle irons further and check the comments for other suggestions.
Hi Tim! I love your blog, congrats on the Saveur win! I am a pastry chef in LA and studied food sociology at UC Santa Cruz. I read through your about section and thought that your interests on food and politics are really fascinating. I wrote my thesis on the gender inequalities in the kitchen and stumbled upon some pretty interesting articles and publications on the relationships between the public and private sphere and the food service industry. Anyway, don’t mean to ramble, just wanted to say hello and keep sharing your beautiful blog posts!
I’m not a big coffee drinker either, but love things that go with coffee like crumb cake, pastries, etc. Never thought about a Liege waffle but I guess with some powdered sugar on top, it’ll be great with coffee. :)
This is irrelevant to the post (although I shall be trying these waffles as soon as I unpack my waffle iron). Just moved to Chicago and love love love your restaurant guide. Do you have any recommendations for grocery stores and/or interesting food markets/specialty stores? So many options, don’t know where to begin!
Hey Kate- Welcome to Chicago! I was just lamenting the fact that we don’t have more interesting, reliable gourmet shops. A couple of places to try: Fox & Obel, Green Grocer, Pastoral, Marion Street Cheese Market, Provenance. The Whole Foods off of North Avenue is pretty good, too.
I’m so excited to give this recipe a try! My husband has been talking about the waffles from Blue Bottle for years as he travels there frequently on business. I’ve tried to replicate them from his description and actually bruleed sugar on the waffles after they came off the iron and sprinkling sugar on top of the batter and then cooking them. Now I know the secret! Thank you!!! And my husband thanks you!
i made these tasty waffles this weekend with my $20 cheap belgium iron from target. i actually had blue bottle waffles in the SF ferry bldg….eh. these are much better bc i added extra sugar!! 2Tbs white sugar in the batter, 5Tbs pearl sugar once risen, and then sprinkled extra brown + white sugar prior to closing the iron. the results: caramelized crispy exterior, custardy cakey interior. thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!
This recipe is amazing and foolproof! I made these for my friends when they came over once and now it’s a tradition. I love the convenience of being able to mix the batter the night before and cook in the morning. Thank you for making my waffle dreams a reality!