How to Make Homemade Belgian Waffles

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make Homemade Belgian Waffles

Waffles are a traditional Belgian breakfast food - they were invented back in the Middle Ages at the very least! They have a very characteristic square shape with deep, evenly-distributed openings across the dough, since they're made with special irons. Over time, numerous versions of waffles have emerged with different shapes and ingredients.

The typical Belgian waffle dough contains yeast, and takes a little longer to make because you have to wait for it to rise. The yeast makes the waffles lighter; it's difficult to get the same effect when it's substituted by baking soda, for instance. Let's see how to make homemade Belgian waffles using one of the many available recipes.

Between 30 & 45 minutes medium difficulty
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Steps to follow to make this recipe:

Start by heating up the water until it's almost boiling. Then, pour it into a bowl. Add the sugar and active yeast to the warm water, stir and leave to settle for 5 minutes.

Since dry yeast is alive, it needs warm water to get activated and start working. Once awake, it will use the sugar to grow - which can be seen in the bubbles. This is why this step is very important - the rising of the waffle dough depends on it.


Once the yeast mixture has been standing - that is, waking up - for 5 minutes, add the flour and remaining sugar. Heat the milk until it's lukewarm and add it to the mixture.


Now add the melted butter, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and egg yolks in the next step to make these homemade waffles. The spices are more typical in the Liège waffle variety, while Brussels waffles are usually simply dusted with sugar.


Mix all the ingredients with an electric whisk until the dough is perfectly smooth.


Once you've finished mixing, cover the pan and leave the dough to stand in a warm place for around half an hour. The dough will rise during this time.


With the dough to one side to rise, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.


After the dough has rested and risen, add the beaten egg whites. They should be added into the mixture as gently as possible.


Heat the waffle maker or waffle iron to a medium temperature; this is what will give the batter its characteristic pattern and shape.

Once the waffle iron is hot, pour the mixture into it until it almost reaches the top and close the lid. Bake the waffles until golden brown for around 4 to 5 minutes.


Now that you know how to make homemade Belgian waffles, the only thing left to do is sit down and enjoy them. The American version is usually served with whipped cream, strawberries, maple syrup or butter; however, you can try all kinds of sweets and spices. Tell us your favorite toppings in the comments section!

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