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Sugar Waffles from Liege (Luikse Wafels) (Gaufres Liegeoises)

Batter 1:

1 1/4 ounces fresh cake yeast or 2 1/2 packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (about 100 degrees F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk, warmed to 100 degrees F

Batter 2:

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup pearl sugar or 3/4 cup crushed sugar cubes

Prepare Batter 1: In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm
water with 1 tbsp. flour and the sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes
until foamy. Sift the remaining flour into a large mixing bowl.
Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, egg and milk.
Mix well with a wooden spoon to make a smooth batter. Cover with
a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until the batter has
doubled or tripled in volume. Meanwhile, prepare Batter 2: In a
medium-sized bowl, mix the butter, flour, salt, vanilla, baking
powder, cinnamon (if using), granulated sugar, and pearl sugar into
a paste.

With your hands, work Batter 2 into Batter 1 until well mixed.
Shape the dough into 10 balls, approximately 2 1/2 to 3 ounces
each. Flatten each ball into a disk and dust lightly with flour.
Bake in a medium-hot waffle iron. Don't let the iron become too
hot or the sugar will burn. Bake until the waffles are golden
brown but still slightly soft, 3-4 minutes. Serve the sugar waffles
lukewarm or cooled to room temperature on a rack. Sugar waffles
will keep well for several days in an airtight container, if you
manage to have any left over.

These may sound like they're a lot of work, but anyone who's had
them knows they're well-worth it!! I also recall, when visiting
Belgium, having Liege Waffles that had been coated with a thin
coating of that wonderful Belgian bittersweet chocolate. Worth a
try!

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Incredible, January 15, 2006 - 01:55 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from ny
I\'ve tried several different waffle recipes online and they all were terrible. those recipes took even more work and produced dismal results. these waffles were delicious and much like the waffle haus waffles one can get at ski resorts in vermont.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
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Good Waffles!, February 13, 2005 - 06:21 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Casco,ME USA
These sugar waffles were excellent. They smell and taste soooo good! I highly recommend this recipe even though it is hard to prepare. P.S. waffles are good with strawberries&whipped topping as well as chocolate.

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