Liège Waffles Recipe

Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles

These Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles are everything you could wish for in breakfast food. Thick and fluffy with clumps of pearl sugar throughout, these waffles are sweet, buttery perfection.

If you love the texture of these Liege waffles, then you should try our brioche french toast and jelly-filled brioche donuts.

Stack of Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles with a strawberry, mint leaf, and blueberries on top.
Belgian Liege waffles
While Belgian waffles are pretty famous, this recipe for Belgian Liege Waffles is a little different. Originally from the city of Liege, located in the Wallonia region of Belgium, these waffles are rounder than the more common Belgian waffles, with a dough that is very similar to brioche. They have a rich, buttery, sweet flavor that is amazing, each waffle containing little pieces of sugar that are half-melted. These waffles are unique in their use of Belgian pearl sugar, which are coarse chunks of white sugar that don’t fully melt during baking. You will love these fluffy Liege waffles that have the perfect blend of rich butter and crystallized sugar.

What you need to makes these waffles
To make buttery Belgian Liege Waffles, you will need (of course) Butter, as well as Brown sugar, Pearl sugar, Eggs, Milk, Yeast, Flour, Vanilla extract, and Salt.

Ingredients for Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles, including flour, eggs, butter, pearl sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, milk, salt, and yeast, on a white background.

Do I have to use pearl sugar?
No, but it’s recommended for texture purposes. Pearl sugar, unlike other sugars, won’t fully melt when it’s cooked, leaving little bits of sugar throughout the waffles. If you use regular white sugar in place of it, you’ll miss out on this unique element of these special waffles.

How to make these amazing Liege waffles
Make the yeast froth. Warm the milk to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and add the yeast with the brown sugar. Whisk it well and let it froth up for about 10-15 minutes.
Steps to make Buttery Belgian Liege Waffles, including making a frothy yeast mixture by combining yeast, brown sugar, and warm milk and whisking.

Mix the ingredients (except the pearl sugar). In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour the flour, salt, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Then add the yeast mixture. Mix the dough on a low speed with the hook attachment until it begins to come together. Then increase the speed to high for about 1 minute.

Add in the pearl sugar. Now, add the pearl sugar and mix again until it is well-combined. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

My Grandmother’s Liège Waffles: A Gourmet Ode to the Past
Liège Waffles Recipe

My Grandmother’s Liège waffles represent much more than just a recipe for me. They evoke warm memories of my childhood, spent alongside my tender maternal grandmother. An attentive guardian, she filled us with sweet treats, among which Liège waffles took pride of place. Fortunately, its authentic recipe remains preserved, and we perpetuate this gourmet tradition as a family. Today I want to share this recipe, an ode to nostalgia and delicious simplicity.



My Grandmother’s Liège waffles require a careful selection of ingredients to achieve taste perfection. Gather the following:

  • 500 g of flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250g melted butter
  • 50 g of pine nuts
  • 50 g of pearl sugar


Making these waffles begins with meticulous preparation. Follow these steps carefully:

In a salad bowl, mix the flour, powdered sugar and yeast.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the dry mixture.
Then incorporate the melted butter evenly.
Add the pine nuts and pearl sugar to the dough.
Let the dough rest for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.
Preheat the waffle iron and place a generous tablespoon of batter in each indentation.

Cook until the waffles turn a tempting golden brown.
These simple steps, combined with quality ingredients, will guarantee you deliciously soft Liège waffles, ready to be enjoyed.


Tips and Tricks
Making deliciously irresistible Liège waffles requires a few practical tips. Here are some tips to perfect your culinary experience:

Preheat the waffle iron properly: Make sure the waffle iron is properly preheated before adding the batter. This will ensure even cooking and prevent the waffles from sticking to the plates.
Careful proportioning of the dough: When you place the dough in the cavity of the waffle iron, be careful not to add too much. This will prevent any overflow and ensure evenly shaped waffles.
Dough Resting Time: Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes. This time will allow the flavors to fully develop, thus ensuring optimal tasting.
Patience when cooking: Wait until the waffles reach a golden color before removing them from the waffle iron. This will ensure a crispy texture on the outside and soft inside.

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