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These Easy 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. These are perfect for a breakfast or brunch since guests can top their waffles however they want!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so you might as well enjoy it! Some of our other breakfast favorites are Green Chili Egg Casserole, Southern Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy, The Most Amazing Overnight Sourdough Waffles, and German Pancakes.
Easy Belgian Waffles
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).
Also, there is another variety of Belgian waffle known as the Liege waffle that is made with a yeast dough. They are SO good, but these are more like what we consider Belgian waffles in American. American Belgian waffles, if you will.
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 like a frittata 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.
Ingredients to make Belgian waffles
- All-purpose flour: I use unbleached all-purpose flour in this recipe and in most of my baking unless I specify otherwise.
- Butter: I use salted butter in almost all of my baking.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar gives the best results for these waffles.
- Eggs: The eggs are separated, with the whites beaten and gently folded in to create light and fluffy waffles.
- Salt: Can’t make baked goods without a little salt!
- Milk: I use regular milk (not buttermilk) in this recipe. Whole milk is best but we have even used 2% or non-fat milk and they still turn out great.
- Baking Powder: This leavening agent is what helps you get large fluffy waffles.
Can you make Belgian waffles in a normal waffle maker?
You could use this recipe in a normal waffle maker, but they will not come out as large as they would if cooked in a Belgian waffle maker.
How do you keep Belgian waffles crispy?
The most important factor in getting crispy waffles is to make sure the waffle iron is hot before dropping the batter on it – you should actually hear the batter sizzle when it hits the iron. Try letting the waffle iron heat up for a full five minutes before starting to cook the waffles.
Also, when making multiple batches, transfer the complete waffles to a wire rack, instead of setting them on a plate. The steam from the hot waffles will cause them to lose some of their crispiness otherwise.
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- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks, then add the milk and melted butter 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.
These Belgian waffles are wonderful because you can top them with whatever you want, really. Raspberries are my favorite, but strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or even cinnamon apples are delicious as well.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Saturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 45gSugar: 21gProtein: 6g