Authentic Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian waffles are lighter and crispier than their American counterpart.

They are made with imported pearl sugar, which carmelizes instead of melting.

Prep time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes per waffle
Servings: 12


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup imported pearl sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup warm milk (around 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp active yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

Optional toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Chocolate sauce


  • Start by warming up the milk until lukewarm. The best temperature is around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Then add the granulated sugar and yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes, until it starts to get foamy and doubles in size.

  • In your mixer add the flour, salt, and softened butter. Mix for a few minutes.

  • Add the yeast mixture, eggs, and vanilla extract to the mixer and let it mix for about 3-5 minutes. Dough should not stick to the side of the bowl anymore.

  • Then add your pearl sugar and fold into the dough.
  • Cover the mixer bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and divide in 12 even balls.

  • Put them on a silicone bake tray or parchment paper, so it doesn’t stick and let them rise for another 40 minutes.
  • Warm your waffle maker to medium heat and add them one by one, or two by two, depending on how large your waffle maker is. Spray with non-stick butter spray. And put each dough ball in for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with confectioners’ sugar, or chocolate syrup.

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