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Liege Wafels to Die For!

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Liege Wafels to Die For!

Hi Folks,


This is my first post... Here it goes!


I'll Have better quality images next time!  Sorry


I’ve been following all of your postings for about a month now and loved every bit of what I have read.  I too have the same passion, though I turned my obsession into a career.


My latest yeast born obsession was triggered by Bobby Flay's "Throw Down" with Wafels and Digges of Manhattan


http://midtownlunch.com/2010/01/21/wafels-waffles-dinges-on-throwdown-with-bobby-flay-video-food-network/


http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/), Then I found this: http://vendr.tv/video/wafels-and-dinges/.


Never having heard of, nor ever tasted a Liege Wafel (Gaufres de Liege or Belgian Sugar Wafel), I found my self with a new mission in life... I did a little research and found that most of the formulas for Liege Wafels (my version to follow) were about the same.  King Arthur Flour's formula is the one that was the most original.  And to be truly honest, to date I have not as yet made the King Arthur version because I truly love what I've come up with and I can't seem to find it online again! 


The dough is basically a Brioche dough with an attitude (imbedded with pearl sugar).  Here are a few basic guidelines:



  • Start the dough with a soft sponge (rest at room temp for about one hour) or even better with a Poolish!

  • Use a dough whisk or paddle attachment to fully develop the dough before adding the fat

  • *Add room temperature fat (Unsalted Butter is BEST!) in about ten parts being sure to incorporate fat thoroughly before the next addition.


Recipe yields about 5-7 nice wafels:


1/3 cup  warm water


1/4 oz.    Active Dry or the appropriate amount of instant yeast (although I prefer compressed)


1 1/2 Tbs.  Sugar


2 cups     Bread or Patent Flour


1/8 tsp.  Salt


3ea.        Eggs,  room temperature


1 tsp.      Vanilla


**Zest from one lemon


8oz.   *Unsalted Butter, room temperature. 


*In my lab I only use butter, for my daughter who is lactose intolerant I use a lactose free margarine


** Cinnamon can be used in place of the lemon zest. Mmmm!




Make a sponge (or poolish) from the water, yeast, sugar and a little of the flour.  Allow to mature for a minimum of one hour before blending in the remaining flour, eggs, lemon zest, salt  and vanilla.  Be sure to develop dough fully. As for a beurre blanc sauce preparation, the fat should be added in nuggets while agitating vigorously. Be sure to blend-in the fat until you form a smooooooth batter-like consistency!  Allow the batter to rest for an additional hour at room temp.  If desired it can be given one or two folds during this period.


After portioning into the desire size, I find that it easiest to round them on the counter with a Baker's plastic scrapper.  Place them on an oiled tray and lightly oil their tops as to avoid having them stick to the plastic wrap.  Wrap, then refrigerate until firm (about 30-45 min.).  They may be retarded for up to 24 hour.


 


 


Portioned Liege Dough


 

 

Preheat your Belgian Waffler (non-stick is best and you'll need to fidget around with the temperature setting of your machine to find the best setting.  I suggest somewhere in the mid-range will work best).  With all of the fat in this formula, I do not find it necessary to coat the griddle with anything.

*Note: This wafel does form caramel deposits on your waffler and does require a little extra effort cleaning when done! But well worth it!!

 Pearl SugarLars Own Swedish Pearl Sugar can be purchased from King Arthur Flour, but I find it is less expensive to get it from my local Ikea (in the food court/market place area) for under $4 for a 10oz. package.  It's made from beet sugar and looks a lot like pretzel salt

 

Lars Own Swedish Pearl SugarGrain of pearl sugar

 

 

I find that most recipes for Liege Wafels say to add the sugar into the batter during the mixing process, but I find the sugar does dissolve into the dough after a time.  In my experience it is best to stretch the unit into an oval then press it into the pearl sugar just before grilling.

Liege dough embedded with pearl sugAR

 

Place the sugared dough onto the preheated waffle iron and cook to the desired degree of caramelization.

 

 

Caution!!! Caramel is VERY HOT!

 

Finished Liege Wafel...Mmmmm   

ENJOY as is or topped with all of your favorites.


Please let me know what you all think.


Robert

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SylviaH's picture
SylviaH

this would be.  You got me at caramel!  Thanks for sharing your lovely special waffle!


Sylvia

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Pop N Fresh

Sylvia,


Thank you.  They are very special.  Wait until you taste them!  There is a coffee house in Philly that makes them with the cinnamon instead of the lemon zest.  They too are great.  They even fill them before grilling.


Let me know how they come out.


 


Robert

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turosdolci

These look great.  I don't have a waffel maker but have been thinking of buying one.  This convinces me I need one.  Thanks for the recipe, I'll try it.

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Pop N Fresh

I have several other great formulas I would be willing to share with all (none yeast types). 


I have a Waring single waffle maker, but they just came out with a double maker.  Though this American style waffle maker will do the job, for true Brussels & Liege wafels you should get the rectangle type waffle maker.


And for those interested, I have perfected the Stoopwafel (yeast based, caramel syrup filled cookie-like wafel that is pronounced as...Strope Waffle.  For this you need a waffle cone maker by Chef's Choice ($50).


 


Robert


 

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turosdolci

Ihave been to Brussels & Liege and several other places and have had waffels there and I can tell you they were great.  Thanks for the information about the Waring waffle maker.  I live in Switzerland and we don't have the same brands, but I plan to spend part of the year in Florida and when I get there I will buy one. I will copy your recipe on a word document and give it a try.  Thanks

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Find a rectangle style Belgium Wafel maker in your area that has the best reputation.  The Very Best Real Brussels Wafel makers I have found online are being sold for about $600 to $900 US!   But you do not need these to make great wafels!


Just make sure you have control over griddle's temperature and the maker is one that heats evenly.


 


Robert

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koloatree

Greetings,


Can you point to where I can find these waffle makers?

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GinkgoGal

I made some of these recently and loved the yeasty flavor and bready texture of the waffles.  Oh, and the caramel.  You did exactly what I was planning next time; dredging the dough in pearly sugar rather than mixing it in.  They were a little too sweet and I think I can use less sugar but still get the same amount of crunchy caramel bits.

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Pop N Fresh

Most people that have had mine say the lemon zest cuts the sweetness.  But you and I know that the zest only adds a lemony flavor and not a sour counter balance.


 

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Teshie Cianca-H...

Roberto, Roberto, Roberto GBU I am 60 yrs. old, and I am famous for my pancakes and Waffles, spent 4 yrs. close to Belgium in the early 80's so I know about the W.'s, but when I saw BF on the FN, I know I needed to make these W.'s, but here in Camden De., I did not know where to get the "pearl sugar", but Sonny I will be making your recipe now, oh by the way I am originally from Panama Central America, go figure a panamanian obsessing about Waffles? Adiosito Teshie the Panama Connection in Dover De.


 

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Pop N Fresh

For me the Lars does the trick.  My local Ikea has it on the shelf all the time at a VERY resonable price (under $5 a pound).  Ikea is also NOT trying to sell me any franchise oppertunities! 


If $9.00 per pound is in your budget and you might also be looking for a wafel/pearl sugar franchise, you might want to check-out that site...


Great Baking All,


Robert

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Pop N Fresh

Folks,


Try http://thedutchshop.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=pearl+sugar


They have both Authentic Belgian ($3.95 per pound) and Swedish Pearl at a very reasonable price.


They also have the Authentic Belgian Pearl Sugar in a 55 Pound Bulk for $3.18 per pound.


Great Baking All.


Robert A. , CMB


Baking & Pastry Instructor, The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes


 

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Pop N Fresh

Sorry,


This site has Carrare Belgian Pearl Sugar and Lars Own Belgian Pearl Sugar ($3.95 per 8oz.)


 


Robert 

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Pop N Fresh

Hey Look at this:


http://www.lepicerie.com/catalog/product_230380_Pearl_Sugar___Sucre_Grains_6.html


ONLY $5.85 per pound for #6 pearl sugar from France...thats close to Belgian.


They also have bulk packs!


Great Baking,


 


Robert

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maziej

I have had Gaufes de Liege in Lueven, Brussels, and other places in Belgium. Basically I ate them every time I came across a vendor, addiction is delicious with fresh berries and creme fraiche.


I have tried 10 recipes to re-create this memeoy and all fell short.


Yours will be the next I try. Probably soon as the Wafels monster is waking quickly.


Thank you for your hard work perfecting your recipe, the very clear directions and stunning accompanying photographs.


YAY wafels and strawberries.


 


 


 


 

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Pop N Fresh

Try them, you will not be sorry!


I have done a lot of work with different waffles this past year.  If there are any other types of waffles you want to try, let me know and I will post the recipe.


This Liege Wafel recipe is very tacky, so use a Baker's Plastic scraper to do the preshaping on the counter without flour.  Be sure to chill for about an hour before grilling. 


Enjoy!


Robert