Crispy & Soft Liège Waffle

Liège waffle recipe - Lilie Bakery

Belgian specialty par excellence, impossible to resist the Waffle Liégeoise! A very gourmet recipe that is both soft and slightly caramelized… We love its stringy crumb and good grains of sugar. Young and old love it. So, to your waffle irons!

The difference between a Liège waffle and a Brussels waffle

If you have ever tasted both types of waffles then you know that they do not have the same texture at all. The Liege waffle, more round and irregular, is made of brioche dough. It is thick, soft and slightly caramelized on top thanks to the sugar pearls incorporated into the dough. This is my personal favorite!

La Brussels waffle, larger and rectangular, is prepared like pancake batter. Its texture is much lighter. Not very sweet, it is generally served with toppings (chocolate spread, whipped cream, etc.).

Waffle dough - Lilie Bakery

What you will like with this recipe

  • Flavor : the Liège waffle is indulgence in itself! With a slight caramelized taste on top thanks to the sugar pearls. To flavor them, I love adding a touch of vanilla (a personal addition to the traditional recipe).
  • Texture : Soft inside, like a brioche. The outside is slightly crispy thanks to the waffle iron cooking (and sugar pearls). Warm, they are even better...
  • Difficulty level : If you have already made a homemade brioche, know that it is exactly the same technique. Nothing is complicated but it is necessary to plan a rest time so that the dough develops. On the material side, you will need a good waffle maker.

Which waffle iron to use?

If I could only recommend one, it's definitely the waffle maker I've been using for 5 years: the FriFri Waffle Maker (a specialized Belgian brand). It is perfect for several reasons: it turns over easily, which allows the waffles to cook very evenly, its thermostat is very practical for browning properly, and its plates are easy to clean.

I also bought the special Liège waffle plate : this is the one I used to make the waffles you see in my photos.

To make the waffle dough (like brioche in general), I recommend my Kitchenaid stand mixer : with that, it's child's play.

Liège waffle recipe - Lilie Bakery

Ingredients needed for a Liège waffle

  • Milk : this is what brings moisture to the dough. I use semi-skimmed milk.
  • Baker's yeast : I use baker's dry yeast (I find it easier to dose). You can also take fresh yeast. This is what allows the dough to rise and make the waffles thick.
  • flour : for waffles I recommend T45 or T55.
  • Butter : I use soft softened butter, it adds fluffiness to the waffles.
  • Light brown sugar : I love its slightly caramel taste, it is perfect in waffles.
  • Eggs : in this recipe they add softness.
  • vanilla : it's my little personal touch to flavor the waffles.
  • Salt : I add some as a flavor enhancer
  • Pearl sugar : it caramelizes the waffles in the waffle maker, and adds crispiness

PS: find the detailed quantities in my recipe at the bottom of the page.

How to make a Liège waffle?

After reactivating the yeast in the lukewarm milk, add it to the bowl of the food processor (or container) with the flour, brown sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla.

Then, the dough is kneaded slowly for several minutes and then the very soft butter is incorporated. We knead again and then leave the dough obtained until it doubles in volume.

After degassing, add the pearl sugar and cut into small pieces. All you have to do is pass them through the waffle iron, turning them over once. They are ready when they are well caramelized.

How to taste a Liège waffle?

The Liège waffle is delicious served warm, same nature, it's a real delight! You can also eat them cold, it's very good.

For those with a sweet tooth, they can be served with a little whipped cream, fresh fruit or a chocolate sauce… Enough to make a very hearty breakfast or treat yourself at tea time!

Liège waffle chocolate whipped cream - Lilie Bakery

How to store your waffles?

The waffles keep at room temperature, in an airtight container (or in cling film) for up to 4 days.

You can also keep them in the fridge and then reheat them in your toaster. Baked waffles can also be frozen for up to 3 months by placing them in an airtight bag.

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If you like this Liège waffle recipe, then I advise you to take a look at these other recipes on the blog:

If you make this recipe, don't hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your beautiful waffles!

Liège waffle recipe - Lilie Bakery
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Crispy & Soft Liège Waffle

The recipe for the very gourmet Liège waffle: a thick and soft, slightly caramelized texture…
Preparation15 min
Baking1 h
Total1 h 15 min
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack, Breakfast
Kitchen room: Belgian, French
Keyword: waffles
Quantity: 12 waffles

Ingredients:

  • 250 ml Milk
  • 8 g baker's dry yeast or 22g fresh baker's yeast
  • 500 g flour T55 or T45
  • 35 g Light brown sugar
  • 3 cc natural vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g softened butter
  • 160 g pearl sugar

Preparation:

  • Warm the milk in a bowl. Add the yeast, cover and let stand 10 minutes to activate.
  • In the bowl of the food processor (or large container), mix the flour, brown sugar and salt. Then add the eggs, vanilla and milk/yeast mixture.
  • Knead for 5 minutes at low speed. Incorporate the soft butter into pieces then knead again for 10 minutes at low speed.
  • Cover the container with a tea towel and place in a warm place. It is also possible to leaven in an oven heated to 30°. Let the dough rise for 1h30, it should double in volume.
  • Degas the dough then add the pearl sugar. Form small dough pieces of 100g each, slightly rounded.
  • Heat the waffle iron (for the Frifri waffle iron it is thermostat 6-7). Place the dough and cook for 2 minutes 20 then turn over and cook for the same time. The waffle is ready when it is well caramelized. The duration may vary depending on the material.
  • Place the waffle on a wire rack to cool. Continue with the other dough pieces.

Notes:

The waffles made can be kept at room temperature, in a covered container, for up to 4 days.
Did you make this recipe?Tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see the result :)

- EQUIPMENT USED -

Plaque gaufre liégeoise
Robot KitchenAid noir 4,8L
Gaufrier
Grille rectangle
Plaque gaufre liégeoise
Robot KitchenAid noir 4,8L
Gaufrier
Grille rectangle
Plaque gaufre liégeoise
Robot KitchenAid noir 4,8L
Gaufrier
Grille rectangle
March 4, 2022

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12 comments

  1. Reply

    LadyMilonguera

    25th February 2022

    5 stars
    You make me terribly envious with your pretty waffles…

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      26th February 2022

      Thank you Lady :)

  2. Reply

    Anka

    26th February 2022

    5 stars
    Wow they are very thick! To be tested very soon! Thankyou

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      28th February 2022

      Thanks Ana! Yes, very thick, that's how I prefer Liège waffles :) See you soon

  3. Reply

    Laila

    27th February 2022

    5 stars
    The best recipe I have ever tried
    Thanks

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      28th February 2022

      Thank you very much Laila! Goodbye :)

  4. Reply

    Sylvie

    March 3, 2022

    5 stars
    Hi

    I'm getting married and I would like to serve Liège waffles with a vin d'honneur
    Can I freeze the dough and cook them during the reception on demand or should I cook them better, freeze them and reheat them that day?
    Thank you

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      March 3, 2022

      Hello Sylvia, congratulations! For the waffles, if you want them lukewarm, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, you have to make them "live" at the time. Otherwise you can do them before but it won't have the same effect. You can try reheating them at home and see if you like them anyway. Goodbye ;)

  5. Reply

    Louise

    13th June 2022

    A great Liège waffle recipe! I adore them. Thanks for sharing ☆

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      14th June 2022

      Thank you very much Louise for your feedback!

  6. Reply

    Lucia

    November 7, 2022

    Hello, thank you for this recipe. Quick question: where do you find the pearl sugar? Is it the same as for chouquettes? Thanks

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      November 9, 2022

      Hello Lucie, pearl sugar is on sale in the sugar department at the supermarket, it's the same as chouquettes. Goodbye :)

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