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4 Belgian liege waffles stacked on a plate, drizzled with Nutella and covered with chopped strawberries


  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 2 hours with cooling
  • Yield: 4 waffles


Belgian style Liege waffles with a crispy, caramelized crust and chewy interior


  • 1/2 cup milk (120g), warm
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (260g)
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (85g), room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Pearl sugar (130g)


  • Add the warm milk, active dry yeast and brown sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer. Whisk and rest for 10 minutes to activate the yeast
  • Add the flour, egg, salt and vanilla, and knead using the dough hook attachment for 3 minutes until a dough forms
  • Add the softened butter, and knead on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes until the butter is incorporated and a soft, stretchy dough forms
  • Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size (about 60 minutes)
  • Once the dough has risen, flatten it out on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle over half of the pearl sugar, press in, and roll up the dough. Flatten it again and repeat with the other half of the pearl sugar. Stretch and knead the dough to fully incorporate the pearl sugar in it
  • Pre-heat the waffle maker for about 10 minutes
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal parts
  • Working one piece at a time, cook the waffles until they are golden and cooked through. The exact time will depend on your waffle maker, but for me ~6-7 minutes on medium heat worked best
  • Serve with Nutella and fresh berries (or on their own), and enjoy!


  • You can also make this dough without a stand mixer, using a large wooden spoon and your hands, but it will be sticky and challenging as the dough is quite wet
  • Use the first waffle to determine the perfect time and temperature for your waffle iron, and adjust for the remaining waffles accordingly
  • These waffles are best eaten fresh and warm!
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Belgian

Keywords: Belgian Liege Waffles