You're certain to bring hungry eaters to the table with this Belgian Waffles Recipe. Whether you serve them for weekend breakfast, holiday brunch or for dessert, the crispy exterior and soft flavorful interior will have them begging for more.
What are Belgian Waffles?
Belgian waffles are earn their distinction primarily due to their crispy exterior and deeper, larger pockets that form tiny bowls to hold the syrup. Each square is like an eruption of flavor with every bite. The thicker exterior and deep indentations sets them apart. Some Belgian waffle batter recipes call for yeast as leavening, but baking powder will give you a stellar end result. Classic waffles are made with the same batter, but are often smaller, and rectangular in shape with more shallow pockets. The difference often comes down to the waffle iron, the shape and not the actual flavor. Either way waffles are an indulgence we love to share.
Helpful Tips for Making Belgian Waffles
- The purpose of separating the yolks from the egg whites is so they can be beaten until light and fluffy to add volume to the egg whites. This adds a noticeable lightness to the batter.
- While Belgian waffles are typically made in a round waffle iron, this batter can be made into any shape you like.
- These waffles are delicious for breakfast, brunch or dessert drizzled with any flavor syrup that you enjoy. They can be embellished simply with a dusting of powdered sugar, with maple syrup and butter or whipped cream and fresh fruit. They can also be topped with savory toppings like eggs, sausage or fried chicken.
- You may also like to top them with a drizzle of homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and ice cream for dessert.
Other Sweet Treats and Waffle Recipes to Try
Dishes like these waffles are a delightful choice for any meal. Other sweet brunch recipes you may like to try:
- Double Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Sheet Pan French Toast
- Southern Hoe Cakes
- French Cakes a.k.a. Waffle Cookies from A Dash of Sanity
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Belgian Waffles Recipe
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups whole milk
- 6 Tbsp salted butter melted and slightly cooled
- 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs separated
- ½ tsp cream of tarter
- maple syrup, jam, butter, powdered sugar and assorted fresh fruit for serving
- In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients mixing just until fully moistened.
- Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Batter will be lumpy.
- Spray both sides of the preheated waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in enough batter to lightly cover the surface of the iron, about ½ to ¾ cup, depending on size.
- Close iron cooking until waffles have crisp and golden exteriors, about 5 minutes or according to manufacturer recommendation.
- Cook waffles in batches. Repeat spraying the waffle iron with cooking spray as needed. Keep waffles warm between batches in a 200°F oven in a single layer on a sheet pan, until serving.
- Serve immediately with butter or topped with fresh berries, a dusting of powdered sugar, drizzled with maple syrup and whipped cream.