Today we will prepare one of my favorite sweets, some homemade waffles. We will learn how to make the waffle dough and what utensils and ingredients to use since it has some specific ones that we must buy so that the traditional waffles come out.
It is a sweet that takes some work because it takes kneading and two times raising the dough since yeast is used to make them fluffy.
In other waffle recipes, they do not use pearl sugar and regular white sugar; for example, they use egg yolk instead of the whole egg. As I always say, any recipe is good if you like the result; this is the closest I have found to reality due to its crunchy interior touch thanks to the pearl sugar.
Belgian waffles or Liège waffles are the most typical sweet that we can find in Belgium. If you have visited the country, you have the smell of spectacular waffles with garnish in each corner. I have come to see them salty.
To make the waffle recipe, we will need several special things. The first thing is a waffle iron. You can find the waffle iron in any online store for about 15 euros, and if you like waffles, I guarantee you will pay for it.
Another one that we will need is pearl sugar, but… What is pearl sugar?
WHAT IS PEARL SUGAR FOR WAFFLES?
Pearl sugar is a type of sugar that comes as small rocks. We will see this sugar in the waffles when we take a bite; inside, it seems like it crunches. You can buy it at any online confectionery store. It isn’t easy to find in supermarkets.
Waffles would not be included in dessert recipes but would be included in pastry recipes. On other occasions, I have made a bun like homemade donuts; if you like them, the recipe is incredible. Some homemade croissants, with their homemade puff pastry or aniseed donuts, are very typical in Holy Week.
For these waffles, it’s best to accompany them with a little whipped cream and melted chocolate. In this case, I melted a little Nutella and put it on top. I guarantee that it is something great.
Homemade waffles the authentic recipe
- Waffle iron
- Large spoon
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups or (even better) Kitchen scale
- 400 ml Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 60 Gram Unsalted Butter
- 5 ml Vanilla essence
- 200 Gram Pastry flour
- 2 Teaspoon Yeast
- 1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda / Baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Teaspoon Sugar
- In the Thermomix bowl, add the butter and melt for 3 min at 80°C on speed 1.
- Add the flour, the sugar, the yeast, the eggs, the milk, the salt and mix 30 sec at speed 9 . Your dough will be homogeneous.
- Pass the preparation to a salad bowl and cook your waffles in a grofera.
How to make Homemade Waffles Recipe
1- We slightly heat the milk or buttermilk, and if we want to give it an extra touch, we add a squeeze of lemon. We let it rest for half an hour, and when we see that it has been cut slightly, we take it back.
2- During this wait we preheat the oven to 220ºC and take a mold that we will grease to prevent it from sticking.
3- Next, we find the butter, melt it in the microwave and let it cool. Meanwhile, we will beat the eggs and add the milk or buttermilk we had reserved, the essence of vanilla, and the sugar. When we have everything, we add the butter and mix everything well.
4- We will now add the sifted flour with the yeast, the bicarbonate of soda, and the salt to mix everything gently with a few whisks until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. When we have it, we do not continue beating it to avoid it becoming too thick. We put it in the waffle iron and, following its instructions, make the waffles.
5- So that the waffles soften and retain their crunchy texture, we will put the ones we have in the oven until we have them all. When we have them ready to eat, we look for a plate, stack them, and take them to the table along with the dressings we like the most. Your waffles are ready.
Serve and Taste:
Serve them fresh and hot, or cold is also good (although there is nothing like a hot waffle for me), or reheat them for a few seconds in the microwave. You can freeze the dough when you have already divided them into portions, without waiting those final 30 minutes, or freeze them when they are done and cold.
I don’t know how to describe the sensations when you take the waffle to your mouth with that batter still not fully cooked on the inside (I love them that way), golden on the outside, the crunchy pieces of pearl sugar, the melted hot chocolate and dense on top… Without a doubt, it is a mouthful of authentic… scandal!
Variants of the recipe for homemade waffles or waffles with homemade dough:
You can flavor them as you prefer, substituting cinnamon for vanilla or even orange blossom aroma or adding citrus zest.
The variation that most influences the final result is the time in the waffle iron since you can take them out when they are still a little white and with the dough without cooking or take them out well golden and crispy. The quality of the waffle iron also influences, so do your tests until you find the result that you like the most.
The fermentation of the masses is always a complex issue, especially for those not used to working with them, but there is nothing to worry about. The temperature influences a lot; in summer, you will have to look for cooler rooms to let the dough rest. Still, in winter, we will put them in warm rooms, or you can even turn on the oven for 5 minutes at 30ºC, turn it off and leave the bowl with the dough inside to let it go up. Of course, you must never reach overfermentation, so as soon as the volume has approximately doubled, you must continue advancing with the recipe.
If you want to freeze them without cooking, directly when preparing each ball of dough (without waiting for those last 30 minutes of rest), freeze it by wrapping it in film or placing it on baking paper and on a tray and that tray in the freezer. When they have frozen (after an hour or so), you can collect all the dough balls and put them in a joint bag. To defrost them, put the dough in the fridge, and after a few hours, they will be thawed (for example, the night before you want to cook them), and finally, take them out of the fridge for 1 hour and into the waffle iron.
You can also freeze them already made, and you have to wait for them to cool down before freezing them. If you put one on top of the other, it is better to place baking paper between them or do as with the dough balls, that you freeze them separately first and then put them together in a bag.