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  1. Thursday, August 29

    Liege Belgian Waffles

    When I was in Salt Lake a few years ago, I met up with some friends at Bruges Waffles & Frites. It was the first time I had eaten a Liege Belgian waffle and I instantly fell in love. The sweetness and the texture come together to create waffle magic. (P.S. Bruges’ fries are amazing, too! Here is my post about our visit to Bruges if you’re interested.)

    Liege Belgian Waffles | thisweekfordinner.com

    Not too long after that, my Aunt Sue posted a recipe for Liege waffles on our family Facebook page. I’ve had that recipe tucked away for two years waiting for the moment I finally got around to purchasing Belgian pearl sugar so I could make the waffles.

    pearl sugar | thisweekfordinner.com

    That still hasn’t happened, BUT…when we moved away from Menlo Park earlier this year, our Swedish friends the Montags gave us a box of Swedish pearl sugar as a going away gift. They know how obsessed I am with bulle and Swedish pearl sugar is what you traditionally top the bread with. It was such a great gift, they know me too well!

    Swedish pearl sugar | thisweekfordinner.com

    Anyway, Swedish pearl sugar is smaller than Belgian pearl sugar, but I decided it was close enough and finally gave the waffle recipe a try.

    Liege Belgian Waffles | thisweekfordinner.com

    These waffles are a dream, best eaten at brunch or even as dessert. They are CRAZY sweet. As Sue points out in the recipe, you sort of feel like you had sugar shot straight into your veins! But in a good way, of course.

    I highly recommend this recipe and Liege waffles in general. Such a delectable treat! And, yes, cleaning your waffle iron afterwards is a big pain, but it’s worth it!

    Liege Belgian Waffles
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Breakfast
    Ingredients
    • 2 C flour
    • 1 C Belgian pearl sugar*
    • 1 C melted butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 package yeast (2 T)
    • ⅓ C lukewarm water
    • 1½ T granulated sugar (vanilla sugar if you have it)
    • ⅛ t salt
    Instructions
    1. Mix yeast, 1½ T sugar and salt into the lukewarm water. Let yeast dissolve and sit for 15 minutes (it should get foamy). In the meantime, melt the butter.
    2. Put flour in a large bowl. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture. Whisk together the eggs and melted butter and add to the flour as well. Knead until you get a nice, even dough. Let it rest and rise until dough doubles.
    3. Gently mix in the pearl sugar.
    4. Let dough rest for another 15 minutes. Preheat Belgian waffle iron.
    5. Place waffle dough into the waffle maker (see Sue’s notes below for a tip on this part) and bake for 3-5 minutes. Because the sugar was mixed into the dough later in the process, it will melt and caramelize and give you that special Liege waffle taste. Be careful when removing waffles from the iron as the sugar can be hot and sticky. Place on a cooling rack so the waffles can crisp up.
    Notes
    Sue's notes: I can’t find the original website to credit the brilliant person who wrote this recipe. Also, you need to think of the batter as a ball, almost like picking up a blob and being able to chuck it at someone across the room. It does not pour AT ALL! You will press the iron down over the dough to flatten it out to bake. Also, when the waffles are cooked, they will need to be prodded out of the waffle iron. They seem kind of floppy when first baked. Place them on a cooling rack and as they cool a bit, they become crispy as the caramelized sugar needs to cool to get hard. They are crispy and amazingly delicious. I could only eat a quarter of a waffle without feeling like I had literally shot sugar straight into my veins. BEWARE OF SUGAR SHOCK! P.S. I only use the Waring Pro Waffle Baker that you flip once you place the batter in the baker.

    Jane's note: I don't have a fancy Waring Pro Belgian waffle iron. Mine is a simple iron, but it IS a Belgian maker - you want the thicker waffle plates for this recipe.

    liege waffle dough | thisweekfordinner.com

    *Here is a website where you can Belgian pearl sugar straight from a town called Tienen in Belgium. You can also get Belgian pearl sugar on Amazon. Sue has also used turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw) and says you get a similar effect. Liege waffle purists don’t even like using the Swedish pearl sugar, but you can do whatever you want as far as I’m concerned! 😉

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  2. Saturday, February 4

    Silk Milk Challenge Wasn’t a Challenge At All

    The week is almost over and I am happy to report that the Silk milk challenge was a success! I was able to use Pure Almond Vanilla and Soy Vanilla Light in place of regular milk with no problem. In fact, the challenge has opened up the world of “alternative milk” possibilities to me and I am looking forward to trying other flavors, especially more nut milks and rice milk!

    I knew during the challenge I needed to try baking something that I normally use milk in.  I make waffles and pancakes all the time, so I definitely wanted to see how one of those recipes would work subbing out the milk. I decided to try the Pure Almond Vanilla in waffles.

    The waffles were delish! My friend Wendy sampled them with me and we both agreed they were great. I used the Pure Almond Vanilla because I thought the almond would make for a nice flavor in the waffles. The waffles cooked a little differently than normal and never got very brown, which surprised me. But the texture was great and Wendy and I both liked the subtle, not overpowering almond flavor of the waffles. I will definitely make them this way again…and of course I’ll share the recipe with you below!

    While I’m sure I’ll use cow’s milk again, especially when Owen is less sensitive to it, I am really happy to have discovered some alternatives. I really liked the Soy Vanilla Light and Pure Almond Vanilla that I used this week. Obviously these two milks are both sweetened and have a vanilla flavor. They worked well with my current needs, but I can see that they may not work with everything. As I mentioned before, after having tried these milks and really enjoying them, I’m excited to try other flavors and varieties based on different recipes and uses. And all of your suggestions over the week have been super helpful – thank you! I definitely count the week as a success and look forward to further expanding my milk horizons…

    Silk Milk Challenge Wasn’t a Challenge At All
     
    Fluffy Almond Milk Waffles!
    Author:
    Recipe type: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 cups Silk Pure Almond Vanilla milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
    Instructions
    1. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter and Pure Almond Vanilla milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix. Cook as you normally would in a waffle iron. Enjoy with lots of butter and syrup!

    This post is sponsored by Silk through Martha’s Circle. All opinions are my own.

     


  3. Friday, April 16

    My New Favorite Waffle Recipe

    For years I’ve used the waffle recipe in the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. I like the recipe because the waffles come out airy and fluffy. However, they sort of fold under pressure…add butter, moisture or syrup, and they tend to go kind of flat, which is frustrating. The last few times I’ve made waffles I’ve used Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Waffle recipe from How to Cook Everything and I’m really liking it.

    waffles 1 web

    This recipe is a little sweeter, and the waffles are a little heavier…but not too heavy. And they keep their shape and crispiness, no matter what you throw at them. Oh, and they’re easy and a good last minute meal. It’s my new fave.

    My New Favorite Waffle Recipe
     
    Slightly sweet, reliable go-to waffle recipe that is now my favorite!
    Author:
    Recipe type: Breakfast
    Ingredients
    • Canola or other natural oli for brushing waffle iron
    • 2 C all-purpose flour
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 2 T sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1½ C milk (Jane note: you’ll probably need a little more than this)
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 T butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    Instructions
    1. Combine dry ingredients. Mix together milk and eggs. Stir in butter and vanilla. (Jane note: to minimize dish washing, I melted the butter in the microwave in the bowl I would be mixing the wet ingredients, then whisked in the eggs then the milk and vanilla, and things seem to come out fine.) Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. If the mixture seems too thick, add a little milk.
    2. Cook in the waffle iron as you normally cook waffles. Enjoy!

    favorite waffle recipe from @janemaynard


  4. Wednesday, January 31

    Waffles

    Waffles
     
    From Better Homes & Gardens cookbook
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Breakfast
    Ingredients
    • 1¾ cups sifted flour
    • 3 tablespoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 beaten egg yolk
    • 1¾ cups milk
    • ½ cup salad oil
    • 2 stiffly beaten egg whites
    Instructions
    1. Sift flour & dry
    2. Mix wet
    3. Mis together
    4. Fold in whites
    Notes

    I have made this recipe with half white flour and half white whole wheat flour and they came out great!