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 😉
For about 20 waffles you will need:
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!
- 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
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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Once the dough has risen pour the crystal sugar into the bowl and mix it until the sugar is distributed evenly.
- 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 🙂
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