Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Jun 08, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 06, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe (made with a secret ingredient) is fluffy, crispy and irresistible! Learn the tricks behind making this homemade waffle dough with yeast. A dollop of sweetened creme fraîche and fresh fruit is all you need to reach Belgian waffle bliss. Enjoy for breakfast, dessert, or a fabulous brunch with family and friends!

An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, creme fraiche drizzled on top, blue linen napkin to the side.

I really should call these “waffles so good, we had them for breakfast and dinner,” but, for the sake of being plain, I’ll call them the best Belgian Waffles. These are true Belgian Waffles and I’m not backing down!

Years ago, my friends and I ventured to Bruges Waffles in Salt Lake City. I knew from the first bite that I never wanted another ordinary waffle again.

What differentiates these from traditional waffles is that they’re made from dough. Really fabulous dough (which we will talk about in a bit!).

An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, creme fraiche drizzled on top, blue linen napkin to the side.

Thick, delightful waffles made from dough (not batter) with magical sugar crystals hidden inside to pack a little crunch. They’re often topped with sweetened creme fraîche and fruit, but they’re so amazing, they don’t need anything. There’s just no comparison!

Don’t even think about adding butter and syrup. You won’t need them, and that’s what makes these so special and so different! Trust me, you’ll never want to eat a traditional waffle again!

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, creme fraiche drizzled on top, blue linen napkin to the side.

Authentic Belgian Waffle Ingredients

  • Active Dry Yeast – This is one of the secrets that sets this authentic Belgian waffle recipe apart from the rest. The yeast not only creates lift and adds flavor, but it provides that extra special chewiness you will never get from a traditional waffle recipe.
  • Lukewarm Milk – I specify lukewarm milk since the warmer temperature helps activate the yeast. For best results, bring it to a temperature of 100 degrees, either over low heat on the stovetop or in 30-second increments in the microwave. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, no worries. It should feel slightly warm when you stick your finger in the center.
  • Eggs – The eggs bind the batter, but also provide richness.
  • ButterMelted and cooled. If the butter is too hot when adding to the yeast mixture, it will kill the yeast. Again, it should be slightly warm to the touch.
  • Vanilla – A decandent sweetness you just can’t get from sugar.
  • Flour – Unbleached, all-purpose flour is all you need. The yeast is going to provide much of the structure and chewiness.
  • Salt – For balance and flavor, fine sea salt works best. It dissolves more easily into the batter.
  • Belgian Pearl SugarThe secret ingredient! Besides the yeast, this is what makes an authentic Belgian waffle recipe so superior! We will get into more detail with this sweet ingredient in just a bit.
An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, blue linen napkin to the side.

What’s The Difference Between A Belgian Waffle And A Regular Waffle?

There are two ingredients – yeast and Belgian pearl sugar. The yeast creates a chewy texture, while the pearl sugar adds those little pockets of sweetness.

In the waffle iron, the little bits of sugar caramelize into little bites of happiness… pure happiness and joy.

An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, creme fraiche drizzled on top, blue linen napkin to the side.

What Is Pearl Sugar?

How I went for years without knowing about Belgian pearl sugar, I do not know. But this is what gives the fluffy waffle recipe it’s authenticity.

It’s simply compressed sugar crystals that are formed to create larger sugar pieces that will not dissolve into baked goods.

You can find them at specialty food stores, World Market and gourmet super markets. But note, there’s Swedish pearl sugar and Belgian pearl sugar. I highly recommend the Belgian because they are larger in size.

How to Make The Crispy Belgian Waffle Recipe

  1. Activate Yeast – Sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm milk in a large bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes.Looking into a white pot of dough for authentic Belgian waffle recipe.
  2. Combine Wet Ingredients – Whisk in eggs, butter and vanilla into the yeast mixture until just combined. Set aside.
  3. Combine Dry Ingredients – In a separate large bowl, mix flour and salt. Create a well in the center.
  4. Make a Well – Pour the wet ingredients into the well and gently mix until the Belgian waffle dough just comes together.Looking into a white pot of dough for authentic Belgian waffle recipe.
  5. Rise – Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.Looking inside a range with a bowl full of yeast dough, covered in a tea towel. Looking into a white pot of dough for authentic Belgian waffle recipe.
  6. Stir in pearl sugar.Looking into a white pot of dough for authentic Belgian waffle recipe.
  7. Make in Waffle Iron – Place a ball of dough into the center of a waffle iron pre-heated to medium high and cook until golden, about 3 minutes.
  8. Garnish – Top with sweetened creme fraîche, fresh fruit and enjoy!
Inside a wafflemaker, an authentic belgian waffle is cooked.

How Long Does It Take To Cook A Belgian Waffle?

This answer can vary depending on the model and setting of your waffle iron. As the homemade waffle dough cooks, it will release steam.

Wait for the steam to stop coming out to check for doneness. At medium high heat it takes about 3 minutes.

What Goes With Belgian Waffles?

These authentic Belgian waffles do not even need maple syrup or butter, that’s how good they are! But to really take them over the top, I enjoy a dollop of sweetened creme fraîche and fresh sliced strawberries.

If you’re feeling festive, make your own heart-shaped strawberries! Simply remove the stem, cut a small v and slice vertically. Simple and beautiful!

Serving Suggestions

How to Make Creme Fraîche

Yes, you can make it from scratch, but I love a shortcut! We like our Creme Fraîche a little sweeter than it comes at the store.

  • Combine 7.5 ounces (one container) pre-made creme fraîche with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Whisk until combined and there are no remaining powdered sugar lumps.
  • Store for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge.
An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, blue linen napkin to the side.

Notes

  • These Belgian waffles are much heavier than a traditional waffle.
  • The homemade waffles remain crunchy hours later, if you want to save some for dessert. Feel free to add a scoop of ice cream for the ultimate decadence.
  • You could also cover the dough for use later in the day/evening. Yes, I’ve tried both (in the name of research) and the waffles came out beautifully!

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Allow to cool. Line baking sheet with parchment. Place cooled waffles on the baking sheet 1/2″ apart. Freeze 2 hours. Place in freezer safe airtight container and freeze up to 4 months.

Reheat

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment. Add waffles.
  3. Bake 10 -15 minutes.
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An authentic Belgian waffle on a white plate, creme fraiche drizzled on top, blue linen napkin to the side.

Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe

Julie Blanner
An Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe made with a secret ingredient. Dollop with creme fraiche and fresh fruit to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Resting Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 3 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Belgian
Servings 8
Calories 524 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup butter melted and cooled (slightly warm)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces Belgian pearl sugar

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle the yeast over warm milk in a bowl (no more than 100 degrees F). Let is stand 15 minutes.
  • Whisk eggs, butter and vanilla into yeast mixture until blended. Set aside.
  • Mix flour and salt. Create a well.
  • Pour liquid mixture into well and stir until combined into dough.
  • Cover bowl with a light cloth and allow to rise in a warm place 30 minutes.
  • Stir in pearl sugar.
  • Place a ball of dough on medium high waffle iron and cook until golden – about 3 minutes.

Notes

Substitutions and Notes

  • Lukewarm Milk – I specify lukewarm milk since the warmer temperature helps activate the yeast. For best results, bring it to a temperature of 100 degrees, either over low heat on the stovetop or in 30-second increments in the microwave. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, no worries. It should feel slightly warm when you stick your finger in the center.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted. Melted and cooled. If the butter is too hot when adding to the yeast mixture, it will kill the yeast. It should be just slightly warm to the touch.

Make Creme Fraîche

Yes, you can make it from scratch, but I love a shortcut! We like our Creme Fraîche a little sweeter than it comes at the store.

  • Combine 7.5 ounces (one container) pre-made creme fraîche with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Whisk until combined and there are no remaining powdered sugar lumps.
  • Store for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Allow to cool. Line baking sheet with parchment. Place cooled waffles on the baking sheet 1/2″ apart. Freeze 2 hours. Place in freezer safe airtight container and freeze up to 4 months.

To Reheat

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment. Add waffles.
  3. Bake 10 -15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories:524kcalCarbohydrates:66gProtein:8gFat:26gSaturated Fat:16gCholesterol:125mgSodium:383mgPotassium:118mgFiber:2gSugar:30gVitamin A:835IUCalcium:49mgIron:2mg
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