This is not for the feeble at heart. You know the Belgian people. They are fierce, blood thirsty and they’ve all been trained in the secret arts of assassination. They’re also the masters of waffles, and one can’t help but think they can’t be so innocent in that enterprise either.
Liege Waffles for the strong of heart:
Ingredients for about 16 waffles:
- 300gr + 200gr flour
- 70gr + 200gr butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons dried yest or 3/4th off a cube of fresh yest (best)
- 70gr granulated sugar
- 300gr pearl sugar
Mix the warm water and the yeast together. Add the granulated sugar and let it rest for a while. If you’re using the budding kind of yeast, let it forth for 10 minutes until it smells like a men’s locker room and looks like a freshly served German beer.
Pour 300gr of flour in a large bowl. Add in the smaller portion of soft butter and the eggs. Mix well, adding the water and yest little by little. Once that’s done, pour the remaining 200gr of melted butter. Let the resulting batter rest for a while. 15 minutes later, you can sift the remaining flour.
Let the dough rise for at least an hour.
Preheat your waffle maker. Once it’s piping hot, pour the pearl sugar and stir gently. Using an ice scream scoop, form generous ball of dough and start making waffles!
Don’t let it cook to much, the whole point of the pearl sugar is to caramelise the outer shell of these treats. So you’ll have to be careful, and to clean the waffle maker’s plates every now and then with paper tissue so that the caramel doesn’t get too overburned.
Well that’s it then, enjoy now!
Best served with: Lemonade.