belgian waffles recipe

Crispy Dessert Belgian Waffles

belgian waffles recipe
crushed meringue, crushed honeycomb chocolate bar, chocolate ganache drizzled over with maple syrup topped with fresh strawberry
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|Crispy Dessert Belgian Waffles|

Belgian waffles are such an indulgent treat yet they are simple enough to make at home to add gold stars to our mid-week dinners…

With their crispy coat and fluffy centres, we need little coaxing to tuck our dessert forks into Belgian waffles. Aren’t they just the perfect vehicle for rich ice-creams drizzled over with fresh fruit, glazed chocolate sauce and sweet, sticky maple syrup. I think Belgian waffles are such an indulgent treat yet they are simple enough to make at home to add gold stars to our mid-week dinners…

belgian waffles recipe
…and there it is…object of my tummy’s affection
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Universal Entertainer Pleaser Dessert
As for weekend entertaining with mates, it’s a no-brainer crowd-pleaser I can always rely on regardless of the age of my guests. At winter, it’s my family’s ultimate sweet treat for a cosy weekend night in! While we always aim for pancakes on Saturday mornings (if we’re not rushing out somewhere), we love making savoury waffles. Savoury waffles are great to pair with curls of smoked salmon and some rosti or oven-roasted potato gems with a creamy dressing of sour cream and chopped chives or a drizzle of buttermilk dressing. No matter how you choose to enjoy them, they’re always a boon to any table spread. I’ll go as far to say, it’s the universal pleaser!

belgian waffles recipe
waffle in the works!
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belgian waffles recipe
folding in the stiffened egg whites
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belgian waffles recipe
Bubble bubble, toil and scrumptious
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What If I Don’t Have A Belgian Waffle Maker?
There’s only a slight tiny problem: most households haven’t got a Belgian waffle maker on hand, mine inclusive…but you know what? 1).I’m getting one! 2)You can make the following recipe using a regular-sized waffle iron except be warned that the batter isn’t going to rise as much as it would if you had used a Belgian waffle maker. It is, however, still a great crispy waffle recipe under the circumstances. The following recipes have been adapted from Donna Hay’s waffle recipes and they are as outstanding as they come. Make it and you tell me!

belgian waffles recipe
Be sure to flip waffle over to cook the top side
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Crispy Dessert Belgian Waffles
1½ C plain all-purpose flour, sifted
¼ C cornflour (cornstarch), sifted
1 tsp baking powder, sifted
½ tsp sea salt flakes or ground sea salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)
¾ C caster sugar
1½ C buttermilk
¼ C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1/2 tsp cream of tartar (to stabilise egg whites)

Sweet Crispy Belgian Waffle Topping:
Homemade ice-cream or store-bought ice-cream flavour of your choice.
Pictured here: Cookies and cream with macadamia nut ice-cream.
Crushed meringue
Crushed chocolate honeycomb bar
Chocolate sauce & 100% pure Canadian maple syrup, drizzled to serve
Fresh strawberry or sliced strawberries, if you like

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Add in buttermilk, oil and the egg yolks only. Whisk till batter is smooth, then set aside.
In a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tar tar until stiff peaks form. Add to the batter by folding it gently to combine. Makes 6 waffles in a standard waffle iron.

Lightly grease your waffle iron with some melted butter brushed on. Heat up the iron till ready and hot. Using a ¼ measure cup, add about ¾ C of the waffle batter to the iron but do not close the lid.

Let the batter cook till bubbles appear on the top of the waffle and it is no longer as wet as it was. Close the lid and cook for about another 2-3 minutes till it is golden brown.

This recipe makes about 6 waffles. For a savoury waffle, omit the sugar and add another ½ tsp more of the salt. The method is the same.

Crispy Savoury Belgian Waffles

1½ C plain all-purpose flour, sifted
¼ C cornflour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder, sifted
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1½ C buttermilk
¼ C vegetable oil
2 eggs, yolks and whites separated

Buttermilk Dressing: (for smoked salmon waffle)
½ C buttermilk
¼ C creme fraiche
sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl to combine. Top waffle with smoked salmon and caramelised onions. Drizzle over with the buttermilk dressing or to substitute, top with a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives instead.

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