Homemade Belgian Waffles Recipe! Crispy exterior yet light and fluffy on the inside, these are easily made from scratch without yeast - THE BEST!
Homemade Belgian Waffles
These are so good that you might never go back to the regular ones. This batter comes together quickly with an electric beater and is made from scratch without pearl sugar.
Homemade breakfasts are always something my family looks forward to in the weekends. Whether it is a tall stack of pancakes or french toast, the sweet aroma that fills the kitchen is comforting.
The secret to light and fluffy inside with a crisp outside is beaten eggs. The beaten egg whites gets folded into the batter at the end, and the result is absolutely amazing! Looking for a healthy Belgian waffle recipe? Check out this Almond Flour Waffles.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS?
- Amazing texture - Amazingly light yet crispy from the beaten eggs.
- Kid-approved – These are a kid favorite. I like to make these for breakfast after sleepovers and they gobbled up.
- Simple ingredients – Basic ingredients that you are sure to have in your pantry right now.
- Freeze well – These made at home are excellent frozen. There is no need to buy store bought frozen ones.
Originating in Belgium, these are a slight variation to the classic. They are light and have deeper pockets due to the special iron. They are originally leavened with yeast, but more modern versions are made with eggs and baking powder is often used for leavening. The two main types of Belgian waffles are Brussels and Liege.
Brussels are lighter, crispier and have more deep pockets, whereas Liege are chewier, denser and noticeably sweeter with chunks of pearl sugar and enjoyed with vanilla or cinnamon on the streets of Belgium.
BELGIAN WAFFLES VS REGULAR WAFFLES
Classic Belgian ones have deeper pockets than American ones, because they are made with an iron that has deeper grids, which makes them great for holding jam, butter and pools of maple syrup.
The batter is made differently than regular buttermilk ones, often with a leavening agent or egg whites which gives them a light and fluffy texture. This recipe is made much like the Brussels variety.
WHAT WAFFLE MAKER TO USE?
You need a Belgian maker, with a deeper, larger grid pattern to make authentic ones. You want them to be nice and thick. We like this one from Amazon. We love the deep squares because they can hold lots of syrup and toppings. However, use whatever you have at home.
Nothing fancy here! This is a classic and simple recipe with basic pantry ingredients like
- Baking powder
- Sea salt
- Whole milk
Can these be made in a regular waffle iron?
Absolutely! They tend to be a touch more flat without the iconic deep pockets but still crispy and fluffy.
Why are my waffles not crispy?
There could be two possible reasons - The iron wasn't hot enough or the batter is much thicker than it is supposed to be (mix in few tablespoons of water to dilute the batter slightly).
PRO TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Color - Cook until they get a deep golden brown for GUARANTEED CRISPNESS! It took 6 to 7 minutes in my iron.
- Don't over mix - As with all baking recipes, DO NO OVER MIX the batter
- Milk - Whole milk if possible
- Make sure the iron is pre heated before pouring the batter.
- Grease the iron - This ensures that they does not stick to the iron. I like to spray mine with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pancake batter will NOT work as a replacement.
These are amazing on their own but some toppings make them irresistible. Here are a few suggestions:
- Maple syrup
- Softened salted butter
- Nutella or Chocolate sauce
- Powdered sugar
- Sliced Bananas
- Any type of berries or a mix
- Sprinkles or Chocolate chips
- Vanilla Ice cream or whipped cream (dessert for breakfast!)
- Toasted almonds or candied pecans
- Salted Caramel sauce
- Jams or jellies
HOW TO MAKE?
- Make batter - Whisk all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in one large bowl. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside. Mix egg yolks, melted butter and milk together.
- Cook - Pour into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in beaten egg whites. Make in a pre heated iron according to the instructions.
HOW TO SERVE?
They are best served warm for breakfast with a dab of softened salted butter, warm maple syrup and fresh berries.
If you love a savory breakfast, then serve with Scrambled eggs / Sausage / Bacon / Baked beans / Fried chicken.
Served as dessert - Dust with powdered sugar and top with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries.
HOW TO KEEP THEM WARM?
Place cooked guys on a wire rack lined baking sheet and keep in a 200° F oven, until serving time. The wire rack will ensure air circulation around them, maintaining the crispness.
HOW TO FREEZE?
These freeze amazingly well. I usually make a double batch of this recipe, place cooled guys in a ziplock bag and freeze for several weeks.
- Toaster method - Pop one or two frozen ones in a toaster for a few minutes, until thawed and hot.
- Oven method - Place frozen guys (placed directly on the oven rack in a single layer) in a preheated 275°F oven for 9 to 12 minutes.
- Microwave method - Microwave one or two for about a minute or until hot.
We highly recommend using the bread toaster (my favorite!) or oven to re heat which will make them crispy. Microwave tends to make them very soft.
Frequently asked questions:
They are made either square or round but are usually about an inch in height with deep pockets.
They are topped with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate, fresh fruits and generally eaten with knife and fork. We like to serve them with maple syrup and chopped fresh berries.
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Homemade Belgian Waffles
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs seperated
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 and ¾ cup milk
- Maple syrup
- Fresh berries optional
- Pre heat waffle iron.
- Mix first 4 ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) in a large bowl and set aside.
- Add egg whites in a medium bowl and beat with a hand held electric beater, until thick peaks form, set aside.
- In a seperate medium bowl, add egg yolks, milk and melted butter, beat with the same electric beater (on the lowest setting), until lightly foamy. Pour into the flour mixture and mix until almost combined (don't over mix).
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in the egg whites (don't over mix).
- Make waffles according to manufactures instructions, until deep golden brown (it took about 6 minutes in my waffle iron).
Serve waffles hot with maple syrup and fresh berries.
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These look delicious - love that you fold in whipped eggwhites! What a perfect weekend breakfast.