Liege Waffles

These waffles are very special. They are special because I only make them once a year for my husband’s birthday. They taste like no other waffle that I have ever had. As a warning though, you will have a mess in your kitchen.  I usually don’t mind the mess but considering I make a mess of  my kitchen on a daily basis, I try to avoid very large messes that involve sugar that hardens up on my waffle maker. After everything is cleaned up and this waffle is in your tummy, you will be happy. It is sweet, crisp and absolutely delicious.  It’s worth all of the hard work! I got the original recipe here. This website has a lot of interesting waffle recipes and also gives some good information about what waffle irons are traditionally used for Liege Waffles.

Here is how I made it:

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Ingredients:
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of all purpose flour (plus more depending on how your dough is forming)
1 cup of cubed sugar (mashed up in small pieces)
1 cup of melted butter
3 eggs
1 package of yeast
1/3 cup of lukewarm water
1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of maple extract
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1. Mix yeast with lukewarm water and brown sugar. Let proof. If the yeast doesn’t bubble start over. I have made the mistake of thinking “It will be okay even though its not bubbling”. I was wrong, because it wouldn’t rise and then I would say to myself “It definitely needs to bubble!”.
2. In another bowl mix whole wheat and all purpose flour and salt. Make a well and pour yeast mixture in.
3. Add eggs, melted butter, extracts and knead until you get a nice smooth elastic dough. You may need to add more flour during this step.
4. Put in well oiled bowl and let rise until doubled.
5. Punch down and fold in crushed sugar.
6. Let rise again for 15 minutes.
7. Heat up your waffle iron and get ready for some yummy waffles.
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