The time has come to share this recipe with you. And trust me when I say this, you 100% need to save and try this recipe!
In fact, it is on my personal menu for Christmas morning breakfast. And I am going to go out on a limb here and say it should be yours too ;)
Story time. Two Thanksgivings ago I was black friday shopping with my cousins at some outlets. I was in my first trimester and have no idea why I even agreed to it in the first place. Tired, sick, hungry and shopping… I was a disaster lol!
I ventured away from the group to go find a bench some where to rest for a minute. On my way to the front of the outlets, I saw a truck that said Waffle Love in a big heart. It was like it was speaking to me. Being a food blogger, I love to try out new, fun and unique places to eat and this fit all those descriptions.
I purchased my waffle, lathered in Nutella topped and piled high with the most magnificent whipped cream I have ever had in my life with strawberries arranged over the top as well. The price tag was more than I have ever seen for a waffle, but hey- it was an adventure right. I had no idea what made them so pricy or why there was even a truck specializing in them. For all I knew I was about to bite into your average belgian waffle. Boy was I wrong. Very very wrong.
I took one bite of this waffle and I just about passed out from sheer deliciousness. I am not treading lightly when I say that either. It was absolutely magical. I scarfed down that waffle faster than I had eaten anything in my life. I wish I had taken the time to savor each bite, but I just couldn’t get it in my mouth fast enough. Thats when I knew, whatever that waffle was, I was going to get my hands on a recipe that even remotely came close. And I have found it.
I searched and scoured for a few months trying to find out what made these waffles so spectacular. And then, I found it. The dough is what set these a part. It was no ordinary waffle dough. The dough is a literal bread dough, kneaded and made with love. Lots and Lots of love and worth every effort it takes to make them. I came across the recipe on Topsy Turvey. I wanted to adapt and change some ingredients, but her recipe flavor was way too perfect and way too spot on. I did simplify the method a bit though. If you want to try out her method, that is just perfect and awesome and I am sure it is absolutely fabulous! I, however, didn’t have exactly that much time to babysit my dough but it still turned out fabulous and the consensus was unanimous that it tastes just like the Famous Waffle Love waffles.
A couple things about this recipe that you will need to know before making them.
1. It requires time. Don’t start this late at night. Plan ahead. And don’t let this bullet point deter you either. It is easy work. It just requires time. And trust me- when you bite into your first waffle, you will be praising the high heavens for the sacrifice it takes. Believe you me! Start at least 5 hours before you plan to go to bed. The dough eventually will be refrigerated over night, but it does require a lengthy rest time.
2. You can only get the full effect with BELGIAN SUGAR PEARLS. (that is NOT an affiliated link, just wanted to show you what the package looked like and that link is for two.) It has to be beligan and you absolutely have to have them for this recipe. I ordered mine on Amazon. They are a little bit pricy, one normal bag per recipe and each bag is $7 dollars. So of course this isn’t your average everyday breakfast. It is for special occasions- like Christmas ;)
Truth time. I was about 5 months prego- same baby I was pregnant with for my first bite- and I literally made my husband take us on an “adventure”- or so I promoted it as such to get him to consent- on a FOUR HOUR ROUND TRIP DRIVE just to get me a waffle from Waffle Love. Pregnant Craving much? Crazy Pregnant Craving much? I didn’t care. That is how much waffle love there is in my heart for these.
Trust me when I say, you will NEVER EVER try a waffle as delicious or special as a Liege Waffle in your entire life. It is a cross between a waffle, a donut, a dessert and all things majestic.
This would make THE ULTIMATE Christmas morning breakfast. It is the recipe on my own personal menu for that special day and I wouldn’t have it any other way :)
- 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ cup whole milk, lukewarm
- ⅓ cup water, lukewarm
- 2 large eggs warmed up to room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1½ Tablespoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoons salt
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1½ cups Belgian Pearl Sugar
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Cookie Butter
- Whatever you'd like
- In stand mixer, combine yeast, granulated sugar, whole milk and water. Stir to combine and let yeast sit and activate for 5 minutes.
- Add in eggs honey, vanilla and salt and beat until well combined.
- Add in brown sugar and butter and beat until well combined.
- Add Flour last and knead until dough is formed and is smooth in consistency.
- Place dough in a medium greased bowl and cover tightly with saran wrap. Let rest for about 3 hours until dough has bulked up more than double in size. Punch dough down, place back in bowl, cover tightly with saran wrap and place in fridge over night. DO NO MIX IN YOUR BELGIAN PEARL SUGAR YET. That step comes in the morning.
- In the morning, heat up waffle iron.
- Beat heavy cream on high and gradually add in sugar and vanilla until whipped cream is formed. You want it someone on the stiffer side.
- Remove dough from fridge, it will be very firm. Knead in the Belgian Pearl Sugars.
- Divide dough into 8-10 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
- Place on greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown in color.
- I spread Nutella over my warm waffle, topped with Sweetened whipped cream sliced strawberries but the options are completely up to you!