These Belgian waffles are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside – perfect for topping with nutella or syrup or your favorite fruit with fresh whipped cream. Raspberries are my favorite, but strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or even cinnamon apples are delicious as well. These are perfect for a breakfast or brunch because guests can top their waffle however they want!
I am most definitely a breakfast person. I never skip it, and not just because of the old “it’s the most important meal of the day” adage. It’s really because breakfast is so fun to make. And honestly you can sometimes get away with calling something “breakfast” when really you are just eating a quasi-legitimized dessert first thing in the morning. But it’s okay because it’s not dessert, it’s BREAKFAST, right?! Like with these ridiculously yummy Belgian waffles. That get even more ridiculously amazing when topped with nutella, whipped cream and fruit. We tend to eat these on special occasions like birthdays or holidays or, you know, weekends because sometimes you just gotta’ celebrate that too.
Belgian waffles are different from the waffles that I grew up with and its not just because of the waffle iron used. Belgian waffle irons have a larger grid pattern than a basic waffle iron (Paul got me this one for Christmas this past year and I love it). But Belgian waffles are also different because they are sweeter and have more fat in the waffle batter, which makes them richer than your standard variety of waffle. And okay, it also makes them more of a dessert-for-breakfast than other breakfast options. And okay, in Belgium theses are served from vendors on the street as a dessert-for-dessert, so there’s that. But still…it’s a waffle and I will defend it’s right to be eaten for breakfast to the end.
Just maybe think about having a bowl of oatmeal or something else a little healthier another day in the week when you are making these, just to balance things out, okay? (Note: I said “think about having a bowl of oatmeal”. You don’t actually have to do it. Just think about it. And then have these waffles instead and you will be much happier.)
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks, then add the milk, melted butter and vanilla and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
In another bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks begin to form. Gently fold the stiff egg whites into the batter. It's okay if there are still some streaks of egg white showing.
Cook in a preheated Belgian waffle iron until golden brown. Top with freshly whipped sweet cream, berries, and if you are really going for it - some nutella.
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