Belgian Waffles Recipe

My family loves all things that fall into the category Pancakes and Waffles. It’s just great as a snack or a whole meal. We don’t only eat them as breakfast food, because life is too short to forget to enjoy all the amazing food this world has to offer! And as an added bonus, the whole house smells incredible after cooking them! One of the family favorites, hands down, is when I make Belgian Waffles!

The balance of the flavorful dough and the coarse sugar crystals makes it the perfect snack that isn’t too sweet, but still sweet enough to make every dessert fan’s heart sing!

For the short and printable version without extra tips and alterations, scroll to the bottom of this page 😉

The ingredients…

For about 20 waffles you will need:

  • 500 g plain Flour
  • 1 pack dry Yeast
  • 200 ml lukewarm Milk
  • 230 g Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Sugar
  • 1 tube Vanilla extract
  • 225 g Crystalized Sugar
  • Some Powdered Sugar as decoration at the end

I always have to make double the recipe because my boys have a habit of eating a waffle everytime they walk by when I am making them. I once made the mistake of only making a single recipe and by the time I was done putting all the dough through the waffle iron, there were only a few waffles left… I learned not to be that naive again when making waffles in a house full of boys!

The beauty of this recipe is that it does not matter if you are a little short on some of the ingredients and they can also easily be substituted by other ones. If you are like me, you decide spur of the moment to cook or bake certain things, so there is no trip to the store planned between the idea of making them and the absolute craving of getting started now. I’ll let you know below what ingredients I have easily substituted with other ones before and still ended up having great waffles at the end!

The Steps…

STEP 1:

  • Combine all the dry ingredients (EXCEPT FOR THE CRYSTAL SUGAR) in a big bowl and mix them nicely.
    • Plain flour, dry yeast, salt and vanilla sugar
  • you can substitute dry yeast with 1 square of fresh yeast.
  • you can substitute vanilla sugar with an extra tube of vanilla extract and 1 – 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Cooking with kids

Measure all the ingredients out ahead of time and let your kids add them one at a time. My toddler loves it!

STEP 2:

  • Cut up the Butter into small cubes, if it is still hard from the fridge (bigger junks are fine if the butter has been set out ahead of time for an hour or two)

Cooking with kids

Cutting the butter (room temperature) with a blunt knife is one of my toddler’s favorit activities. Just be aware that it will get messy and not look like anything you would ever see in a cooking show. But who cares, it is going to get mushed up in the dough anyway and it’s a great sensory activity for your 3 year old.

STEP 3:

  • Add all the wet ingredients to the bowl.
    • Lukewarm milk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract
  • Mix it all together until it is a thick doughy like texture.
  • If you don’t have enough butter you can easily substitute margerine.
  • If you don’t have any vanilla extract you can substitute it with 2 additional packs of vanilla sugar.
  • The reason the milk needs to be lukewarm and not “hot” or “cold” is because of the sensitive environment the yeast needs to be in to grow. If it’s too hot it will not work, it’s basically broken… and if it’s too cold then it will not grow because it needs a certain temperature to do that.

Cooking with kids

Depending on how well your toddler can handle the electric mixer, he can help with this process as well. Having common sense and knowing your child is asked here, never leave his side and make sure to step in and take over to finish the last part to make sure it is all nicely mixed and there is no flour stuck to the bottom of the bowl.

STEP 4:

  • Let the dough rise in a warm place. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel since the yeast is sensitive and does not rise well when it is exposed to cold or a breeze.
  • I like to put the dough in the oven to rise because there is no wind and the temperature is usually warmer than outside.
  • You can preheat the oven to 35 degrees celcius to make a nice temperature for the yeast to do its thing. Just make sure it’s not warmer than that and turn the oven off before you put the dough inside!

STEP 5:

  • Once the dough has risen pour the crystal sugar into the bowl and mix it until the sugar is distributed evenly.
  • If you are a little short of crystalized sugar, you can substitute it with powedered sugar, just add some and taste the dough until you like the sweetness. Keep in mind though that completely substituting the crystal sugar with another sugar will make no sense, since this is the key element of a belgian waffle 😉
  • I like to use 2 big spoons to scoop the dough into the waffle iron, it works nicely to portion the right amount of dough.

STEP 5:

  • you need to play with the amount of dough you put into the waffle iron. There is no need to press it down with the spoon, just close the waffle iron and it will spread by itself. The key trademark of belgian waffles is that they are not square like the iron they are made in. Don’t fill so much dough that it fills the whole iron, just so that it makes a nice roundish waffle.
  • When the waffles are golden brown, take them out of the (very hot) waffle iron and put them on a grid tray immediately. I usually set a timer for the first run through of a waffle to see how long it takes to reach that perfect color (usually about 3 minutes). This way i can set the timer to that time afterwards each time I put in new waffles and then clean up the kitchen and make lunch or dinner or something during the time the waffles bake. Just make sure you don’t forget about them 🙂

Cooking with kids

Needless to say, this part cannot be done with a toddler since the waffle iron gets very hot! They can be the first tester though as soon as the first batch has cooled down. Careful, the sugar in the waffles gets very hot, so make sure the waffles have really cooled down before your kids touch them!

  • The waffles need to cool down on a baking grid so they can harden a bit and don’t get damp at the bottom from the evaporating fumes that come out of them right after the waffle iron.

The waffles can then be sprinkled with powdered sugar and voila, they are done!

I hope your family loves these as much as mine does. Please let me know how yours turned out and give me a shout if you have any questions in the comments below 🙂

xoxo, Ella

Here’s th printable version of the recipe 😉

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Belgian Waffles

My family loves all things that fall into the category Pancakes and Waffles. It’s just great as a snack or a whole meal. We don’t only eat them as breakfast food, because life is too short to forget to enjoy all the amazing food this world has to offer! And as an added bonus, the whole house smells incredible after cooking them! One of the family favorites, hands down, is when I make Belgian Waffles!

The balance of the flavorful dough and the coarse sugar crystals makes it the perfect snack that isn’t too sweet, but still sweet enough to make every dessert fan’s heart sing!

Course Snack
Servings 20 Waffles
Author Ella

Ingredients

  • 500 g Plain Flour
  • 1 pack dry yeast
  • 200 ml Milk luke warm
  • 230 g Butter
  • 2 pcs Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Sugar
  • 1 Tube Vanilla extract
  • 225 g Crystalized Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar As decoration

Instructions

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients (EXCEPT FOR THE CRYSTAL SUGAR) in a big bowl and mix them nicely.

    (Plain flour, dry yeast, salt and vanilla sugar)

  2. Cut up the Butter into small cubes, if it is still hard from the fridge (bigger junks are fine if the butter has been set out ahead of time for an hour or two)

  3. Add all the wet ingredients to the bowl.

    (Lukewarm milk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract)

    Mix it all together until it is a thick doughy like texture.

  4. Let the dough rise in a warm place. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel since the yeast is sensitive and does not rise well when it is exposed to cold or a breeze.

  5. Once the dough has risen pour the crystal sugar into the bowl and mix it until the sugar is distributed evenly.

  6. you need to play with the amount of dough you put into the waffle iron. There is no need to press it down with the spoon, just close the waffle iron and it will spread by itself. The key trademark of belgian waffles is that they are not square like the iron they are made in. Don’t fill so much dough that it fills the whole iron, just so that it makes a nice roundish waffle.

  7. When the waffles are golden brown, take them out of the (very hot) waffle iron and put them on a grid tray immediately. I usually set a timer for the first run through of a waffle to see how long it takes to reach that perfect color (usually about 3 minutes). This way i can set the timer to that time afterwards each time I put in new waffles and then clean up the kitchen and make lunch or dinner or something during the time the waffles bake. Just make sure you don’t forget about them

    finished in waffle iron
  8. The waffles need to cool down on a baking grid so they can harden a bit and don’t get damp at the bottom from the evaporating fumes that come out of them right after the waffle iron.

  9. The waffles can then be sprinkled with powdered sugar and voila, they are done!

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Ella

Ella is the proud mother of 3 wild boys! She lives in Switzerland where she is married to the love of her life who manages to keep up with her spur-of-the-moment ideas, her constant new projects around the house and shares her love for over-doing every party they throw! Ella faces the daily challenges of a stay-at-home mom and talks to her sister, on the other side of the globe, everyday for advice, sharing funny stories and sometimes just to stay sane!

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