Belgian Waffles

Do you also have a waffle iron languishing in the back of your cabinet? Let me guess, you don’t use it because you think it’s a big hassle to bake waffles? It actually isn’t. It’s very easy, especially if you have an electric waffle iron and not like the one I have which bakes the waffles on the stove. With just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and a waffle iron, you’ll be able to make this waffle recipe in no time.

I think there’s something totally comforting about homemade waffles. They are delicious, warm, airy, delicate and crisp edged at the same time. But the best part is that they are simple to throw together. I’m sure they’re destined to become part of your weekend breakfast routine once you tried them. The best part is that if you make enough you can freeze the leftovers (that is if you have any). That means you can enjoy them again and again and again during the week. Put them in Ziploc bags and you are good to go. Take them out of the freezer the night before so they can thaw slowly and pop them into your toaster the next morning. Before you know it waffles will become your favourite breakfast to wake up to in the morning.

Fluffy Belgian Waffles

These soft waffles have baking powder instead of yeast for the leavening agent. That being said, just like any pancake batter don’t overmix it (very important).

More crucial steps to a good waffle are:

  • Don’t skip the cornstarch as that’s the ingredient that helps to create the crispy edges.
  • Separate your eggs and whip the egg whites to a stiff peak and fold them into the batter to ensure light and airy waffles.
  • Once the batter is whisked together you let it rest for about 30 minutes to allow the leavening agents to work their magic.

These homemade waffles are great with just some butter and any syrup or honey you fancy, but you can make them extra special with any kind of topping: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, fried apples, powdered sugar or whipped topping. I would love to hear what’s your favourite topping is. You can leave me a comment below.

So, lets skip the pancakes this weekend and make waffles instead. Because if you like pancakes, you will love waffles. Did you know a waffle is just a more considerate pancake. It’s like ‘here, let me hold that syrup for you in these convenient boxes’. Waffles are basically pancakes with dimples.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. If you try it, please let me know! Leave a comment, telling me what you think of it. You can also tag your photo on Instagram with @culyzaar or post it on my Facebook page so I can see it. I love seeing your takes on the recipes on my blog!

Belgian Waffels
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 360 ml of milk
  • 1 tsp good vanilla extract
  • 100 gr melted butter
  • 260 gr of all-purpose flour
  • 16 gr of baking powder
  • 40 gr sugar
  • a Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs of cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg yolks and whites and put them into two separate medium bowls. Beat the egg yolks slightly and then add milk, vanilla extract and melted butter and whisk to combine.
  2. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cornstarch in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the egg yolk mixture. Whisk until thoroughly combined and smooth. Don’t overmix. When the batter is completely ready and combined, whisk the egg whites into soft peaks with an electric mixer (or by hand if necessary), then fold it gently into the batter. Let your batter rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat your waffle iron and grease lightly with some vegetable oil. You only grease the waffle iron the first time, after that it shouldn’t be necessary anymore. Bake the waffles according to your iron manufacturer’s instructions, or until brown and crisp. To determine how much batter to use do a few trials and be careful. It’s easier to add a little in the next try then to have to stop and clean your iron because you poured in to much. I learned (the hard way, see picture below) that mine takes about half a soup ladle of batter and cooks in about 5-6 minutes.

  5. It’s also very important not to open the waffle iron for at least three minutes because you won’t like what happens in that case, trust me (again, see picture below).

  6. When the waffle is done you carefully remove it from the waffle iron and serve it immediately. If you want to bake them all before serving you can keep them warm in a preheated 95C oven set with a wire rack.

What not to do when baking waffles………….

  • Putting to much batter in the waffle iron
  • Opening the waffle iron to soon.

 

     

 

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