My Favorite Belgian Waffle Recipe

Everyone loves a great waffle, right? I know I do. It can be the perfect way to start off your weekend. Well, eating the waffles at least. Cooking is not really my thing. However, this quick and easy Belgian waffle recipe makes is so easy — even I can handle it. With this recipe, anybody can make delicious waffles that are crisp on the outside and light on the inside. But, if you don’t feel like making your own Belgian waffles, you can always find a caterer who will!

Belgian Vs Regular

There are a couple of differences between a Belgian style waffle and a regular waffle. For instance, a Belgian waffle is thicker and usually bigger. In addition, the batter is usually made slightly different so it is lighter and more fluffy than a regular waffle. Wikipedia tells us that these are called Belgian waffles because they were introduced by Maurice Vermersche of Brussels, Belgium. Apparently, Maurice decided to change the name from Brussels waffles to the Bel-Gem waffle after many Americans failed to identify Brussels as the capital of Belgium. 

How To Make Belgian Waffles

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of sugar

Instructions

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a large bowl.

In separate bowls, you need to separate the egg whites and yolks and then beat the egg yolks. Then you will put in the milk and oil. Once that is all mixed, you can add the dry ingredients from the first bowl. Stir it all together really good.

Next, use a mixer to beat the egg whites until they create stiff peaks. Now add the egg whites to the rest of the batter and stir it in well but be careful not to mix it too much.

Cooking

Cooking the Belgian waffles should be pretty simple and easy. Your waffle maker should have some cooking instructions from the manufacturer. You should obviously follow those in addition to these suggestions.

Preheat your waffle maker and spray it with a non-stick cooking spray before adding the batter.

Add the batter, close the lid, and then let cook for around two minutes. That is, assuming that you have the heat set to medium. When each waffle is done, place it in a warm oven until you are ready to add the toppings.

Toppings

Now that you’ve got some delicious Belgian waffles, the question is — what are you going to put on them? Here are some suggestions:

  • Try a spread of butter and then cover it in cinnamon-sugar. It’ll be like a churro.
  • Syrup. Either homemade buttermilk or traditional maple. Maybe even a fruity one like strawberry or blueberry.
  • Flavored butter. My choice is honey-butter, but you can try others.
  • Chocolate sauce or Nutella make anything and everything better. Consider adding some bananas or nuts or whipped cream.
  • Fresh fruit.

Conclusion

The preparation time for this recipe is about 15 minutes. Add 10 minutes for cooking. This will make about 6 Belgian waffles. That means just about 30 minutes from the time you begin until you are finished eating. That’s not too shabby. Or, you could go all out for breakfast and cook up some eggs, bacon, sausage, or anything else to make the perfect meal. And if you do all of that, there is a good chance you might have leftover waffles. No problem! You can keep the extras in the fridge for a day or two. Any longer than that and you’ll probably want to throw them in the freezer instead. When you are ready to reheat those waffles, skip the microwave — you want to do it in the oven. Put them on the rack and set your over to a low temperature (around 250 degrees) for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy and you are welcome!

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