Friday, December 14, 2012

Liège waffle

 flowers from my garden.

Belgian waffle.. there are many kinds of waffles made in Belgium, but none are called "Belgian Waffles" :)

These are not your typical breakfast waffles, so don't make them for breakfast!

or do, if you want a sweet, rich, dense treats for breakfast :D

These are deffinately NOT fluffy. It's more like a dense, buttery, sweet, soft cookie-like waffle with crunch outside. I guess the best comparison I can think of is Madeleine. It's like a denser madeleine with caramelized surface.  They also get these big rock sugar (pearl sugar) and they add a nice crunch when you bite into them. NO WORRIES though, if you can't find it. I actually made my last batch without them and they are just as delicious.

Use GOOD BUTTER. That will make all the difference in the world.  Also, the waffle maker I have is an old fashion one with much deeper ridges. I am sure these will come out fine with smaller ridges too! just make sure you wait to take them out until both sides are nice and caramelized. 



Ingredients:
This is my mother's recipe

125g Butter
125g Shortening
3 egg
200g Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2Tbsp Milk
Vanilla extract
250g bread flour

* I have used all purpose flour many times in this recipe and it's totally fine. Bread flour will just make more denser cookie.

**pearl sugar goes in at the end, if you are using it. Just take the same measurement out of the regular sugar and replace it with the pearl sugar.

*** I have also used ALL butter when I dudn't have shortening, and that also works fine. Wow... what a forgiving recipe.

1. Cream your butter and shortening together in a large bowl.
2. add eggs one by one and mix it in well after each addition
3. add the sugar. Don't dump all of it at once, maybe divide into 3-4 times
4. Add in salt, vanilla and milk.
5. Add flour. Same as sugar, put in a 3rd at a time.
6. Brush some butter onto the waffle iron and put a dollop in the middle and press.

with my iron, it takes about a minute and a half per side, but you most likely have a electrical one, so I wouldn't worry about that. DO make sure that they get some nice caramelization  on the surface;)



 So this is what the batter looks like.
Not like a waffle batter, huh? just dollop it with a spoon.



 Yes, these are my better looking ones. I did burn a few. 



 What pearl sugar looks like (with a tooth pick as comparison)



 Take a look at the inside! moist, rich, dense... I keep repeating these words, 
but that's exactly what they are!



 This is my iron. good looking, huh?





 

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