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 fraiche and fresh fruit is all you need to reach Belgian waffle bliss. Enjoy for breakfast, dessert, or a fabulous brunch with family and friends!
I really should call these “waffles so good, we had them for breakfast & 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.
A couple weeks ago, my friends Erin, Michael 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!).
Topped with sweetened creme fraiche and fruit, there’s just no comparison. But let’s be honest, they don’t need anything. Don’t even think about adding butter and syrup. Trust me, you’ll never want to eat a traditional waffle again!
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. Purchase large, organic, free-range eggs, if possible.
- Butter – Melted 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 Sugar – The 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.
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.
What Is Pearl Sugar?
How I went for 3- years without knowing about 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
- Sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm milk in a large bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Whisk in eggs, butter and vanilla into the yeast mixture until just combined. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, mix flour and salt. Create a well in the center.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the well and gently mix until the Belgian waffle dough just comes together.
- Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- Stir in pearl sugar.
- Place a ball of dough into the center of a waffle iron set to medium high and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Top with sweetened creme fraiche, fresh fruit and enjoy!
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. I had mine set at medium high heat and it took 3 minutes.
What Goes Good 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 fraiche and fresh sliced strawberries.
For the sweetened creme fraiche recipe, mix 7.5 ounces (one container) creme fraiche with 1/2 c powdered sugar. Mmmmm.
And 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!
A Few More Notes About This Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe
- 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!
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Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe
An Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe made with a secret ingredient. Dollop with creme fraiche and fresh fruit to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 3/4 c lukewarm milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 c melted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 c flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 oz Belgian pearl sugar
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.
Purchase Belgian pearl sugar at specialty food stores, World Market and gourmet super markets.