The Authentic (Belgian) Liège Waffle Odyssey

Get ready. This blog post REALLY IS AN ODYSSEY. If you make it to the end (which you should, if you care about waffles) and correctly answer the skill-testing question, you will receive a solid gold waffle-shaped medal, handcrafted at the Franklin Mint. Please allow 4-29 weeks for delivery.

Dilovely’s Personal Waffle History

As some of you know, after I finished my undergrad, I lived in France for the better part of a year, teaching English conversation classes at a high school. To be specific, I lived in Dunkerque, France, which is at the very top of the star, right next door to the English Channel and Belgium.

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Can you find it?

To put things in perspective, Belgium is close enough that we could take a city bus there when we needed a chocolate fix (a Leonidas shop was right on the border). In fact, three of my friends and I once walked to Belgium along the beach, just to prove that we could. It took about three hours, and when we got there, we wanted to have waffles, because obviously.

We sat in a cafe and ate waffles that were well-deserved and nice enough, but I remember thinking, What’s the big deal? I could get something identical at a pancake house back home.

That was because they were REGULAR Belgian waffles. Like what you can make yourself at the breakfast buffet at a Best Western – the kind you top with fruit and whipped cream.

Very soon after that, a friend bought me a waffle at the beach (on the French side, funnily enough) that demonstrated what the fuss was about.

They call it a Liège waffle, or gaufre liégeoise, and it needs no garnish. It’s small, chewy, sweet, and scrumptious. No plate required; you just hold onto it and nibble its crunchy, caramelicious edges. It changes your conception of a “waffle” forever.

The Christmas I was pregnant with E, we got a waffle maker. While I do enjoy a regular waffle, I wanted to make the REALLY GOOD ones – but I could not find an authentic recipe. I had no idea what made these waffles so good; I figured out quickly that adding toffee bits to your waffles, while yummy, does not come close to producing the Liège waffle.

The Secret (or part of it)

Finally, a year or so ago, I found this recipe, which revealed the secret to me: Belgian pearl sugar. NOT to be confused with Swedish pearl sugar, which does not produce the same results.

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Trouble is, you can’t just go out and buy Belgian pearl sugar at the grocery. Not even a European grocery.

When I finally got organized enough to order some online, because I wanted to make real Liège waffles for Auntie Em’s birthday in January, I went to belgianpearlsugar.com… and they were under construction. I tried to order Lars’ Own from Amazon.com, but they wouldn’t ship it to Canada. I ended up at The Belgian Shop, where I unfortunately had to order some chocolate as well, to make up the minimum order size. (We dealt with that ordeal like champs, though. Especially me.)

Now I went back to recipe territory, and realized there are way more recipes for Liège waffles than there used to be (good ol’ internet – give it time and it’ll always come through). And they varied a LOT – from whip-these-up-whenever recipes to you-must-craft-these-like-an-artist recipes.

Thus began The Authentic Liège Waffle Odyssey.

Attempt #1: The Moderate Recipe

As you might have guessed, the inaugural attempt used a recipe that fell between the two extremes, entitled “The Best Waffles Ever.” The recipe takes a couple of hours, including rising time, so they were lunchtime waffles.

Emi and Sean and I agreed they were delicious, although I knew I still needed to tweak the cooking process. The pearl sugar still seemed mostly raw, not properly melty and caramelized. You see, I do not have a hardcore waffle IRON. I have a cute, lightweight “waffle baker” from Proctor-Silex. It has no temperature indications on it, just “Min – Max” and a light to say it’s preheated.

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This is my waffle baker. Well, a twin of my waffle baker anyway.

The other drawback with this recipe (and it may have to do with the type of waffle maker I have) is that it was MESSY. It left a veritable pool of melted sugar-butter on my counter. While this may sound like fun, it really wasn’t. Using a Q-tip to remove clumps of caramel from the crevices of my now-defiled Proctor-Silex felt like surgery, or perhaps archaeology.

I didn’t take a picture of the maelstrom. I knew I’d need to try a different recipe.

Attempt #2: The Most Intimidating Recipe

I figured I would eventually have to try the super-complicated recipe I’d found, just to see if it was worth all the trouble. I mean, it’s an overnight procedure. It’s also the most obnoxiously pretentious recipe I have ever read, but hey, that’s part of the fun. In fact, it’s so fun that I’m reproducing it below.

{Note to the Creator of this recipe, if you ever read this: Please understand, I hold you in the highest respect. I am in awe of your perseverance and your dedication to the cause, even if I imply that your diction is persnickety. My own diction is hardly above reproach. And I can hardly wait to try your Ultimate Pumpkin Waffle Recipe. Beau travail, mon ami.}

So here is the text from the blog devoted entirely to the Liège Waffle, in red. (It’s worth visiting the real site, to see the mouthwatering pictures.) In black, I’ve added my own thoughts as I was making this crazy recipe.

Authentic Liege waffles are one of life’s great indulgences — caramelized sugar glistening on the most delicious buttery-sweet treasure beneath. [Whew. First sentence and I already feel like I’m intruding on an intimate moment.] Unfortunately, they can be nearly impossible to find, even in their homeland of Belgium, where chains like Belgaufre have taken them so far afield from their 18th century brioche roots. Stateside, chains like Bonte (in Philadelphia) don’t use the right sugar and others like Wafels & Dinges (in NYC) simply import mass-produced substandard pre-made frozen balls of dough from Europe. Basically, to enjoy the ever-curiously oblong [is it really curious? ‘cuz later you instruct us to make them oblong] Liege waffle, you need to make one yourself.

Sadly, the vast majority of recipes found online and in cookbooks are appallingly bad. Some are over-yeasted. Many are just leaden or grainy. And, due to one factor or another, virtually all of them lack the smooth and complex flavors of a true Liege waffle. [Wow. I wonder what you’d think of the last recipe I tried, because those folks thought their recipe was perfect.]

The recipe that follows is a culmination of A TON of research into recipes of the last 200+ years, study of artisinal Belgian street vendor techniques, and a heavy investment in the right tools (including the above 35lbs. Krampouz Liege waffle iron). [Oh crap. I’m guessing my Proctor-Silex is not even in the right league.] Get ready to experience a perfectly traditional 18th century “Gaufre Liège”.

Baking these waffles is involved and takes patience, but the result is well worth it. The only caveat I must give is that the iron’s temperature is very crucial [not just regular crucial] in making an exceptional Liege waffle. It helps to have an infrared thermometer handy [double crap, I don’t have that either], as there’s a fairly narrow range in which the sugar will caramelize perfectly and not burn. You can make do without one though. It may take some trial and error, but you’ll get it right. [Thanks for believing in me! :)]

INGREDIENTS
makes 5 Gaufres Liège [Okay. If you’re gonna geek out on authenticity, check your French: it’s Gaufres DE Liège or Gaufres liégeoises.]

• 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
• 1/4 cup scalded whole milk at 110-115 degrees
• 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. of water at 110-115 degrees [Those two extra teaspoons are very crucial.]
• 2 cups King Arthur Bread flour [I don’t have this brand, but it sure does sound “artisinal”, n’est-ce pas?]
• 1 large room temperature egg, lightly beaten [Sh*t. Room temperature according to whom?? We keep our thermostat at 20C, is that okay?]
• 1Tbsp. + 1 tsp. light brown sugar
• 3/4 tsp. salt
• 8 1/2 Tbsp. soft room temperature unsalted butter
• 1 Tbsp. honey [Seriously. Just honey? Should it be pasteurized or not? Liquid or creamed? Clover or buckwheat??]
• 2 tsp. vanilla [Is that with meniscus or without? Screw it. I’m living dangerously and using a generous splash of rumnilla, baby.]
• 3/4 cup Belgian Pearl Sugar (“Lars Own” brand is an excellent choice) [Sure. Rub it in, Yankee.]

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This photo is from the original site. This person, unlike me, takes good foodtographs.

DIRECTIONS

1. Place yeast, milk, and water into the workbowl of a stand mixer. [Hey! You said “perfectly traditional 18th century”. THEY DID NOT HAVE STAND MIXERS IN BELGIUM IN THE 1700s. I’m sure of this. And despite ostensibly belonging to the 21st century, I don’t have one either. WTF.] Stir for a few seconds to moisten the yeast. [Using a SPOON.]

2. Add the egg and 1/3 of the total flour. [Oh no, math. Sigh. That’ll be 2/3 C.] Mix to blend. Scrape down sides of bowl.

3. Sprinkle remaining flour over the mixture, but do not stir it in. Cover and let stand 75-90 minutes (at the end of that time, you’ll notice the batter bubbling up through the cover of flour). [Yes, I do notice that! I AM ROCKING THIS RECIPE.]

4. Add brown sugar and salt to the workbowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed – just to blend.

5. With machine on low [yeah, I’m doing this with my hands, and it feels WAY MORE artisanal, by the way], add honey and vanilla. Then add 2 Tbsp. of butter at a time. Mix 4 minutes at medium-low speed; scrape down sides once or twice in that period. [Well is it once or is it twice??] Let the dough rest for 1 minute and then continue to mix for 2 minutes. [How many minutes when I’m hand-mixing?] If you measured your ingredients perfectly [HA], the dough will be sticking to the sides of the bowl in the last minute of mixing and then, in the last 30 seconds of so, will start to ball-up on the paddle. If this does not happen, let the dough rest for 1 more minute and mix for another 2 minutes. Whatever the outcome of the extra mixing, proceed to Step 6. [“Whatever the outcome”? Are we just flying by the seat of our pants here?]

6. Scrape the dough into a large bowl, sprinkle lightly with flour, cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 4 hours. This step is crucial for developing the flavor. [Don’t you mean very crucial? And exactly four hours?]

7. REFRIGERATE FOR 30 MINUTES BEFORE PROCEEDING TO STEP #8. This is [very] essential. The yeast respiration must be slowed before continuing. [Respiration must be slowed. You may want to write to your MP.]

8. Stir the dough down (meaning: gently deflate the gases from the dough, by pressing on it with a [traditional Belgian] rubber spatula), scrape it onto a piece of [artisanal 18th century] plastic wrap, and then use the spatula to press the dough into a long rectangle. Fold that rectangle over on itself (by thirds – like a letter) so that you have a square of dough. [Hell. This does not look like a square. Effing geometry.] Wrap it in plastic, weigh it down a bit (I put two heavy dinner plates on top of it) [but – my dinner plates are circular! How does this work??] and refrigerate overnight. [Or, dig a traditional Belgian hole by the apple tree and fill it with chips off the ice block and put your dough in there.]

9. The next day, place the cold dough (it will be quite firm) [why, you’re right! How did you know?] in a large bowl and add all of the pearl sugar to a bowl. It will seem like a lot of sugar, but it’s supposed to be :) Mix it into the dough by hand until the chunks are well-distrubuted. Once mixed, divide the dough into 5 pieces of equal size. [I made a double batch, because Skye was joining us and Sean insisted we must have lots. It made more like 16 – at least in my waffle baker it did.]

10. Shape each chunk into an oval ball (like a football without the pointy ends) [let’s call an ellipsoid an ellipsoid, shall we?] and let it rise (covered loosely in plastic wrap) for exactly 90 minutes. [Hold on. They must rise for exactly 90 minutes… that means I must have five waffle irons and five assistants so that we may drop our balls of dough onto the bakers with perfect synchrony at the 90-minute mark! Otherwise some will rise too long!! Why didn’t you warn me?]

11. If you have a professional waffle iron (meaning: it’s cast iron and weighs over 20 pounds) [NOPE] cook at exactly 365-370 degrees (the max temp before sugar begins to burn/decompose) for approximately 2 minutes.** Give each waffle a few minutes to cool slightly before eating. [Very good advice. That sugar is HOT.] No syrup or toppings are needed, unless you’d like to add some fruit or a dusting of powdered sugar; they’re quite sweet on their own.

** If you have a regular waffle iron, heat the iron to 420 degrees (hint: many regular waffle irons go up to and over 550 degrees at their highest setting) , place the dough on the iron, and immediately unplug it or turn the temp dial all the way down. Otherwise, the sugar will burn. [There are no degree markings on my waffle baker. I engaged in quite a bit of trial-and-error.]

So: the Result?

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They were YUMMY. And handsome. Skye heartily approved, and Sean and Em agreed they might even be better than the first ones. I knew I was getting better at the temperature manipulation (which I will describe below). As the one who had eaten the real thing, I did think that this recipe had a more complex flavour, and I can’t deny it was delicious. Also, no sticky butter-swamp, so that was awesome.

But wow. That was a lot of work.

Attempt #3: The Simple Recipe

Over Easter, I wanted to make waffles again, to share the experience with my folks, but couldn’t imagine doing the Intimidating Recipe on a holiday weekend. I said to myself, Hey – why not try the recipe on the pearl sugar box? Instructions in French AND Flemish… That’s authentic! Must be pretty good, right?

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Peal sugar, straight from Belgium.

The un-simple part of this recipe was translating it – not just French to English, but grams to cups. And figuring out how much is a “half-sachet” of vanilla sugar. And how to account for “levure fraîche” or “fresh yeast”, which Auntie Em luckily knew was not the same as our standard dry yeast. Also luckily, Auntie Beth knew about this recipe conversion website that solved our problems. Plus I tweaked it slightly, based on my newfound experience. Bonus – I learned a few new French words in the process.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C (plus an extra splash) warm milk
  • 3.5 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla (or rumnilla)
  • 3/4 C + 2 T softened butter
  • 3/4 C to 1 C pearl sugar
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make the dough with all the ingredients except the butter, pearl sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Let it sit for 30 minutes. (In French, they say “laisser reposer”, which I love, because “reposer” also has the connotation of relaxing peacefully – like maybe at the spa, with cucumber-lemon water and a clay facial.)
  3. Knead in the butter and then the pearl sugar and cinnamon. (Pétrir = to knead.)
  4. Divide the dough into 100g blobs. (Pâton = “dough roll” = blob.)
  5. Begin cooking after 15 minutes (of relaxation).
  6. Preheat the iron. Cooking time: 3 minutes. It is not necessary to grease the iron. (No kidding. Hello, butter content.)

And the Result?

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They were good! In fact, my family (mostly waffle rookies, but still) thought they were pretty delicious.

Now, if you’ve made it this far, you have certainly earned Two Bonus Sections!

How to Cook Liège Waffles Using A Cheap Waffle Baker Without Temperature Indications

  1. Turn up the heat all the way (to “Max”) and wait for the green “preheated” light to turn ON.
  2. Once your dough blobs are ready, place one blob on each side and close the baker.
  3. Watch for the green light to turn OFF.
  4. Turn the heat down to halfway between Min and Max.
  5. Wait three minutes. (I always set a timer because I WILL lose track otherwise.)
  6. Remove waffles when the time has elapsed, and let waffle cool before consuming.
  7. Re-preheat to Max before putting in the next two blobs.
  8. Don’t fret about the sugary residue in your baker; as long as you keep your batches going consistently, it will be fine. Until you are done, at which point you may start fretting.

And now you’re gonna need the final Bonus Section,

How to Clean a Cheap Waffle Baker That’s Really Effing Messy

When I googled “how to clean your waffle maker”, the advice I found made one of two wrong assumptions:

  1. I have an actual waffle IRON with removable (and soakable) plates, or
  2. I am making AVERAGE waffles with my cheap nonstick waffle baker.

They say things like “UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you attempt to clean your waffle maker while it is hot!”

After Attempt #1, I diligently waited for the appliance to cool before trying to clean it. By which time, of course, the sugary residue was shiny black cement utterly resistant to cleaning.

So. This is what I did to get my waffle baker clean.

[Disclaimer: I’m NOT telling you to do this, since it is HIGHLY risky and dangerous!! and I would not like to get sued. There is a definite likelihood of a possibility that you may burn or electrocute yourself. Proctor-Silex has in no way endorsed this method. But it worked for me.]

  1. Plug in waffle baker.
  2. Carefully fill the channels of the baker with water.
  3. Make sure the heat is on Min, and close the baker.
  4. When you see steam, unplug the baker.
  5. Pour off the (black, tarry) water into the sink, wearing Kevlar gloves.
  6. Repeat until water runs clean.
  7. Unplug waffle baker.
  8. Use a Q-tip/cloth/folded paper towel to wipe off any remaining residue.

Finally, you’ve made it! The Skill-Testing Question!! (Provided in part by my son, the resident math expert.)

If two cars start driving at the same time from the Butterfly Conservatory, and one car is going 39 kph, and the other car is going infinity plus one and eighty percent, which one will arrive first at Aunt A and Uncle R’s house?

Good luck! Bonne chance! And happy waffling.

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22 thoughts on “The Authentic (Belgian) Liège Waffle Odyssey

  1. Beth says:

    Every year I made bread and butter with my class. There is always some unit to tie it to – math or science or social studies.
    I would show them how the wheat berries turn into whole wheat flour when buzzed in the coffee grinder and then we would add our home made flour to the other whole wheat and white flour (after talking about what comes out of the flour to make it white). I often did this with two classes, and one teacher took kids in groups of 5 at a time to wash hands very well. Then those had a chance to “pétrir le pain – pousser, plier, tourner, pousser, plier, tourner.
    The kneading would hopefully be done by 10 a.m. for the first rise. Back to the regularly scheduled day. Break at 11:30 to punch down and form the loaves. During this part, bottles of whipping cream would be passed around the room for kids to take turn shaking until butter was churned.
    Lunch break while the second rise happened. I would put the bread in the oven near the end of lunch hour and teachers all over the school would complain about the alluring smell of fresh baking bread.
    By 2 in the afternoon, the bread was out of the oven and cool enough to slice. Each child had to let me know – avec du beurre ou sans beurre s’il te plait – before receiving their slice of bread. Always a hit. And left overs made it to the staff room.
    I remember having to look up pétrir.

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Beth, I LOVE THIS. I want to have been your student. I can just imagine the joy of punching dough, shaking the heck out of that cream… And I can fully relate to teachers making yummy smells with their classes and the whole school wishing they could have some.

      In Homeschooling I once ground some whole wheat flour with a mortar and pestle… Man, that took forever and it was hard work. I remember watching Little House on the Prairie as I ground it, and feeling a certain kinship.

  2. Amy says:

    I like that brain teaser..Tell everett he is a good egg hider because I am still finding the little ones hidden upstairs 🙂

  3. an awesome odyssey! they look too delicious to be true!
    we thought we’d hit the jackpot with Anna’s sourdough heart-shaped waffles over Christmas, but clearly i also need to have some excuse to manipulate you into making Gaufres liégeoises for us sometime! hmmm…
    your waffle baker looks a lot like 1/2 of my CPAP machine! i suppose they have little in common.
    answer to the bonus skill-testing question: the car that knows the way.

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Thank you! I think Anna’s waffles and these are entirely different animals… I still know I need to experience sourdough-heart waffles someday. But yes. You need no excuse or manipulation. I would love to invite my Aunties over one day (when I know there’s time), and treat them to some real gaufres.

      Question: what do a CPAP machine and a waffle maker have in common? Answer: nicer mornings.

      As for your skill-testing response, it’s not wrong. But which car DOES know the way?

  4. emerge says:

    I feel lucky to have been there for most parts of this odyssey. Or shall we say oddyssey.

    That intimidating website is really one of the best parts; I’m so glad you found it, even if it hadn’t produced intimidatingly perfect waffles (which it didn’t); it’s just a lot of fun. (And maybe the reason WordPress doesn’t recognize the word artisanal is because the snooty blogger spelt it wrong! Snooty McSpellsBad.)

    Those sure were yummy waffles, though. The moral of the story is: eat waffles. Even if you can’t buy sugar from Belgium.

    Hey dilovely, why don’t you become a Canadian distributor of Belgian pearl sugar?

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Actually, WP doesn’t accept artisinal OR artisanal (I used both because *I* know how to spell it).

      Hmmm. Imagine how much money I could make distributing pearl sugar! Maybe not very much. I do have three boxes right now but I plan to use them eventually. Because of the moral of the story.

  5. Mama says:

    Oh. I’m too tired from the odyssey to think about math (though I suspect that the one going infinity plus 1 plus 80 percent goes whizzing off the road at some point and never makes it to Aunt A and Uncle R’s), but I can confirm that the gaufres were delicious! And no cooks were seriously harmed in the process.

  6. Helen says:

    I have a math question to rival E’s math question:
    If time=money, which value is higher: a gaufre de liege “oddyssey” or a flight to Belgium to eat waffles someone else made?

  7. berty says:

    YAAAAAY! This was a delicious and fun thing to read. My favourite parts were your foodtographs and the part about the Belgian hole by the apple tree. You’re a cheeky monkey! Oh, and, “whatever the outcome,” proceed to the next step. HAW HAW! If I ever make a(nother) recipe book, I’m putting that at the end of every step of every recipe. Chin up and keep trucking through those steps!
    Thanks for making waffles that were – indeed – uniquely delicious.
    AND yes, I think you should become the local distributor of Belgian sugar and/or the waffles that can result, OR figure out how they make the sugar and get it made in this country! You’d definitely be some people’s hero. I would say many people do not know true Belgian waffles. Fer sure.
    xoxo

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Thanks! I did work on those foodtographs, tweaking and whatnot, so I’m glad it paid off! I do believe “cheeky monkey” is the best compliment I’ve had all day.

      They say Belgian pearl sugar is “compacted under very high pressure”. Huh. I’m guessing I can’t just use dictionaries or whatever.

  8. emerge says:

    1) I love delicious morals

    2) foodtograph is SUCH A GREAT WORD. did you make it up?

    3) we had hail at the ranch tonight that looked just like Belgian pearl sugar. Too bad it wasn’t, or we’d have had a bounty on the balcony to scoop right up.

  9. Wheauxdat says:

    Just returned from Brussels a couple weeks ago (with 2 boxes of pearl sugar in tow). Your post is EXACTLY what I am obsessing about. I, too have seen the “moderate recipe” and made it (with fair results – sugar did not melt well – too crunchy – waffle either burnt or not cooked [iron has NO temp control at all – on or off]). I was about to attempt the “intimidating recipe” to see if it was worth it, but was fearful due to my remedial culinary skillz.
    I may, instead, try the “simple recipe” on the box.
    Would like to get your opinion –
    Were the “simple” waffles good enough, or were the “intimidating” waffles so much better that they were worth the (much) extra effort?
    Any further attempts since April, and what did you do differently, if anything?
    New waffle iron? I’m actually pricing authentic Liege irons (this is how I arrived at your site).
    Any tips are greatly appreciated.
    I bragged on the waffles to my kids prior to our trip, now we are a family obsessed with duplicating an authentic recipe.
    Thanks

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Thanks for your comment! I hope your trip to Belgium was amazing.

      Great question about the recipes… I have been asking myself the same thing. I’m planning to make waffles again this weekend, and I will be making the simple ones. The yumminess-to-time-spent ratio is high. However, if I ever find myself with enough time and motivation to do the intimidating ones (a rare occurrence), I would do those again too, because it’s true they were the best.

      Good luck with your waffles! And I’d be interested to hear what waffle iron you decide on, if you get a REAL one. I do hope to upgrade too, someday.

  10. As the author of the intimidating recipe … that was pretty hilarious. I clearly have a lot of VERY glaring spelling and grammatical errors to clean up.

    If you want truly pretentious content, visit my pastry review website and have a laugh. It’s, at times, 10x as ridiculous as anything in the waffle blogs.

    Also check out the updated version of my Liege recipe, if you need another recipe to mock … or if you are ready to be blown away: http://liegewaffle.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/revisiting-the-1840s/

    Seriously, I got a good laugh out of what you wrote. Between my hasty writing and legitimately OCD approach to baking, it’s hard to convey how much intentional hyperbole and absurdity was a part of it.

    P.S. – You really should do the metric version of my recipes. I always say cups and spoons are for animals and can’t be trusted in any baking endeavor 😉

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Oh my goodness, Adam. Thank you so much for commenting, and for being such an amazing sport. And, of course, for creating the best waffle recipe I’ve ever made… (Please accept my apologies for any over-lampooning on my part.) And I can’t believe there’s new recipe!! Now I will have to try that too! It will be my first foray into Muscovado. And I guess I’ll need a proper scale for this, so I can do it in metric, the civilized way. 🙂

      I’m also looking forward to exploring your pastry review website… wow. Such wonderful photos (both food and scenery). Now I really miss France.

      Merci encore!

  11. Anna says:

    THANK YOU for posting this recipe! I cannot wait to order some pearl sugar and try one of the recipes you shared! I have been longing for years to once again taste a true Belgian waffle (not the ones called a Belgian waffle because if their shape – I mean really?!!). When I was 7 years old we lived in Belgium and all I can remember is the incredible texture and pure-sweetness-with-no-added-syrup taste of the Belgian waffles and since then I have yearned to visit Belgium just to taste this spectacular creation again. Thanks again for sharing!

    • dilovelyadmin says:

      Thanks for your comment, Anna! Your description of the taste is perfect – it must have been etched on your tastebuds in childhood. I hope your waffle-creation goes well and they’re just like you remember!

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