The ultimate brunch treat! This Belgian Waffles Recipe makes a batch of the fluffiest waffles with the perfect golden brown crispy exterior. Makes these your own by adding your favorite fresh fruit toppings!
When it comes to brunch, my weakness is Belgian Waffles! I can't resist a big fluffy waffle with deep pockets, enough to capture lots of extra butter and maple syrup. Just add a coffee and mimosa, and I'm in breakfast heaven!
But you don't have to go out to a fancy overpriced brunch to indulge in this sweet treat. That's why I developed the perfect Belgian Waffles Recipe to whip up a batch anytime I have a craving or want to create a lovely brunch party for friends and family.
What are Belgian Waffles?
Belgian Waffles are typically round in shape, about an inch tall, and dotted with deep large square pockets. Traditionally, they are made with yeasted dough, but more commonly, they are made with baking powder or baking soda for lift.
Similar to a pancake batter, waffle batter is meant to have a significant lift when cooked. That's why you see waffles that are an inch thick. The batter is then poured into a waffle iron which gives it a distinct look.
Recommended Cooking Tools
You can't make waffles without a waffle iron! Most commonly, waffle irons are electric. But you can also find stovetop irons, which are made of cast iron, and you heat them on your burner.
I highly recommend using an electric iron. The settles prevent you from overheating and, therefore, risking burning waffles. This waffle iron from Cuisinart is a great option if you're a full-time waffle maker like me.
Belgian Waffles Recipe Ingredients
- Flour: All-purpose flour is what I always use. Substituting with alternative flours will alter the outcome.
- Sugar: This recipe doesn't call for a lot of sugar, but just a touch will give a hint of sweetness and contribute to the crispy exterior.
- Baking Powder: This is the leavening agent to make fluffy waffles.
- Milk: Milk is the preferred liquid to make this batter. It helps keep the waffles tender while providing a bit of flavor.
- Butter: Melted butter not only gives these waffles great flavor, but it also helps achieve that golden-brown crust.
- Vanilla Extra: For that extra touch of vanilla flavoring.
- Eggs: In this recipe, we are separating the yolks from the whites. Whipped egg whites are my secret weapon to keeping these waffles super light and airy!
How to Make This Belgian Waffles Recipe
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
- Add egg whites to a large bowl, preferable stainless steel. Reserve egg yolks in a small bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, lightly whip egg whites until light and fluffy, but NOT to stiff peaks.
- Next, add the milk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg yolks to the dry ingredients and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until fully incorporated. Gently fold in the egg whites with a spatula.
- Preheat the waffle iron to a medium heat and lightly spray with cooking spray. Pour about a ¼ cup of batter into the center of the waffle iron and close. Cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove waffle and serve with melted butter, maple syrup, and sliced strawberries.
Making waffles for a crowd? You can make these waffles an hour before serving. Use your oven's "keep warm" setting or set at 200 degrees. Place cooked waffles on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until serving.
The first waffle is usually a dud! Don't let that discourage you! Just like making pancakes, the first one tends to be a bit overcooked when the waffle iron is hot. Use this opportunity to adjust the temperature settings, and the rest will come out perfectly.
Storing Belgian Waffles
This is a great recipe for batch cooking! Once you complete a full batch of waffles, allow them to cool at room temperature before adding to a freezer bag. Place sheets of wax or parchment paper between waffles to ensure they don't stick together.
Frozen waffles are good for up to 6 months. To reheat, pop them in a toaster or toaster oven for a few minutes until hot and crispy.
Belgian Waffles Topping Ideas
- Any fresh fruit tastes delicious on waffles! Strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are common favorites.
- Peanut butter is a great choice for a grab and go breakfast.
- You can also sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar for churro inspired treat.
- Chocolate sauce and whipped cream would make the ultimate dessert!
- Top waffles with fried chicken for the ultimate indulgent breakfast dish!
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This post was originally seen on Tornadough Ali where I am a contributor.
Belgian Waffles Recipe
- Waffle Iron
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Separate eggs and add whites to a medium sized bowl, preferably stainless steel. Whip egg whites with an electric mixer until light and frothy, but not forming stiff peaks.
- Add milk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg yolks to the dry ingredients. Mix using electric mixer on low speed until fully incorporated. (No need to clean mixer after whipping egg whites)
- Gently fold in whipped egg whites into the batter using a spatula.
- Preheat the waffle iron to a medium setting or according to manufacture's instructions. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Pour about a ¼ cup into the center of the waffle iron and close. Cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from waffle iron and serve with desired toppings.