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Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles

These Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles are thick, fluffy, and sweet. Each bit of pearl sugar laced throughout the brioche-like waffles is to die for!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Belgian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8 waffles
Calories 591kcal
Author Dina



Make the frothy yeast mixture

  • Start off by warming 1 cup of milk to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Then add 2 teaspoons of yeast and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to the milk. Give it a good whisk and let it froth up for about 10-15 minutes.

Mix everything into a stand mixer

  • In your stand mixer, add 4 and 1/4 cups of flour (spooned and leveled off), 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 14 tbs melted unsalted butter, and 2 large eggs.
  • Then, pour in the frothy yeast mixture.
  • Using the hook attachment, mix the waffle dough on low speed until it begins to come together. Then pick up the speed to high for about 1 minute.

Add in the pearl sugar and mix again

  • Then add 1 cup of pearl sugar and mix just until the pearl sugar is well mixed. Use a spatula to help scrape down the sides of the mixer.

Let the dough rise

  • Now transfer the waffle dough into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise for about 2 hours or in the fridge overnight.

Separate into 8 pieces and cook in the waffle maker

  • Now separate the dough into 8 balls the size of a baseball. Then heat your waffle maker according to the instructions of your waffle iron and coat it with nonstick spray.
  • Then place the first ball of waffle dough in the center and close it. Cook for about 4-5 minutes. Carefully remove the waffle with a fork and continue doing this with the rest of the waffle though.

Make-ahead TIP

  • If you want to make these waffles in advance, once you've finished making them, keep them in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for a maximum of 1 hour before serving.


Best Toppings for waffles
Make them ahead of time!
There are 2 ways for making Liege waffles in advance: Allow them to rise overnight or keep them warm in the oven after they're made. Either of these methods will save you time if you want less prep when serving these for breakfast or brunch.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 721IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg