Belgian Waffles

Even though I’m not the biggest breakfast person, there’s two classes of breakfast food that are essential building blocks in the breakfast food pyramid in my mind: pancakes (and its cousin the crepe) and waffles. Guess what the focus is today? Up until now though, waffles weren’t really an option for me since I didn’t have a waffle maker. It never seemed that pressing since a waffle maker is kind of a one-task item, so I always just convinced myself pancakes would do just fine. Well once my birthday rolled around, I caved and asked for a waffle maker. So now I can scratch that itch when I crave belgian waffles.

Belgian Waffles

First, one thing worth mentioning in case you’re also in need of a waffle maker–this is the one I got: VillaWare V2002 UNO Belgian Waffler. I love it!

Now back to the food. These waffles were delicious and all that belgian waffles should be–crisp, tender, not too sweet, and just what you want in the morning. Plus, they’re quick and easy to make–very important if you’re a slow riser in the morning. Now the beauty of waffles (aside from being waffles) is there’s a lot you can do with them. Whether it be mixing up how the waffle itself is made or sexing up the toppings, you’ll never get tired of them. Heck, you can even just make a bunch, throw them in the freezer, and stick them in the toaster for another day (if Eggo can do it, why can’t you?).

Belgian Waffles

So with all of those ideas for you to spruce up your waffles, this particular recipe came from the most exotic and exciting of places–lol, the waffle maker manual! (Hey, I woke up, was groggy and hungry–be thankful you even got photos!)

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup milk (whole is ideal)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix the batter

Beat the yolks and sugar in a bowl until lightened in color. Beat in the milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Beat in the flour, salt, and baking powder, stirring as little as is necessary to incorporate it–if you overdo it, the waffles will be tough.

Beat the egg whites

Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold this into the batter–yes, its kind of awkward since the batter is pretty thick, but it works. Take care not to beat the air out of the fluffed egg whites.

Cook the waffles

And finally, you’re ready to start cranking out waffles however it is your waffle maker does it. Just be sure you grease it well to ensure no sticking and cook it to whatever doneness/shade of brown suits your fancy.

Belgian Waffles

Use up the batter and get out the maple syrup, honey, sugar, and whatever fruits/nuts/whipped cream type of toppings you enjoy on your waffle along with a warm cup o’joe. Enjoy!

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28 Responses to “Belgian Waffles”

  1. The Duo Dishes Says:

    We’re here in Los Angeles thinking the best way to eat those yummy looking waffles is with a piece of your southern fried chicken. If no one’s tried it yet, we highly recommend the combo. Delish!

  2. deeba Says:

    Bow to you great waffle maker…& YES, aren’t I glad to see pictures! can I come for brekky!! Those waffles do make a handsome bite Mike!

  3. Ben Says:

    I’ve never had waffles before (yes I know I am weird) but these ones are making me hungry right now. Yum!

  4. Peter Says:

    Mike, there’s always the option of making these savory (think crepes) or as a dessert (say, with some of your homemade ice cream).

  5. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    I’m one of those slow risers you mentioned. I love waffles, though, so I make them sometimes for dinner. Oh, and they make great ice cream sandwiches too! ;)

  6. Bellini Valli Says:

    I have yet to purchase a waffle maker Mike, but I love your recommendation.

  7. Sandie Says:

    Oh my gosh, I got your comment a while back that said, “You’re the reason I *finally* bought a waffle maker,” and it made me glad :-) But to see you putting that waffle iron to good use makes me even happier—just think of all the wonderful waffles you can make on the weekends! (BTW, have you tried the gingerbread waffles yet? To die for…)

    Here’s to much continued fun and success with your new toy!! Just another reason to love kitchen equipment/tools/gadgets!

  8. Toni Says:

    Don’t own a waffle maker, but I love waffles. How weird is that? And yes, my hat’s off to you for even taking the photos! I know if it were me, the photos would be of a half eaten waffle and maybe an empty plate with some syrup and a waffle crumb. ;-)

  9. nina Says:

    My family would vote me “Mom of the year” if I gvie them waffles like that for breakfast!!!

  10. heather Says:

    mmm. if i’m ever feeling particularly like i love my husband, i always make him these. with strawberries and fresh whipped cream. maybe a little mint or basil.

  11. Heather Says:

    Ha! Thanks for making my link the “sexing up” one. Fried chicken can sex up just about anything. :D

    It is definitely feeling like time for waffles for dinner.

  12. pam Says:

    I love waffles. I always have trouble with them sticking and so I shoved my wafflemaker in the back of my cabinet. I’ll have to drag it out and try again, because these look so darn good.

  13. anticiplate Says:

    If I only had a waffle maker. I dont think there is an alternative to that:)

  14. aforkfulofspaghetti Says:

    Good to know you’ve succumbed to the wiles of waffles, Mike!

    Will we be seeing a post on frites and mayo next? ;-)

  15. Jan Says:

    Oooh yummy yum yum! They look good!

  16. joanne at frutto della passione Says:

    I make big batches and freeze them so my son can have them for breakfast on school days or when we’re feeling particularly naughty, with ice cream after school!

  17. grace Says:

    here we have another fabulous vehicle for maple syrup. they look perfect!

  18. Sophie Says:

    I am Belgian & I can say that they look the best! Breets from Brussels, Belgium!!

  19. mikky Says:

    they are just fantastic!!! what a perfect treat… yum… :)

  20. lisa (dandysugar) Says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting a waffle maker. These look so good, very, very tempting.

  21. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    I’ve always resisted buying kitchen appliances that have only one use, but recently a friend brought her waffle maker to my kitchen so we could make some waffles for a dinner. Hoo boy, they were delicious, and I’m now rethinking my position on the whole issue!

  22. Bunny Says:

    Oh how I wish I had a belgian waffle maker! We serve them at the restaurant and everytime I get a wiff of one it’s heaven! They smell sooooo good! One way we use them is to make chicken and waffles, kinda like a hot chicken sandwich with gravy , only you use 1/2 a belgian waffle. Load that waffle up with roast chicken and pour gravy on it!! I promise you’ll love it!!

  23. Courtney Says:

    Hi Mike,
    To everyone who doesn’t have a waffle maker, if you don’t mind smaller square waffles, 2 at a time, I got mine at Wal-Mart for under $10. It said it made Belgian waffles. They taste great and fit right in the toaster. I mix flours and seasonings. Thanks for the reminder Mike. I haven’t had any for awhile and those look scrumtious!
    Have fun,
    Courtney

  24. the caked crusader Says:

    Aghhhh! What are you doing to me – driving me mad? Tormenting me? You follow up the divine looking southern fried chicken with plump fluffy waffles.
    Must….stop…..drooling……

  25. Hannah Says:

    If you’re gonna make waffles, what else would you make other than belgian? Seriously, it’s all about the deep indents to hold more syrup! Looks fantastic. :)

  26. Aparna Says:

    There’s something about those little pocket in the waffles that hold all the goodness.
    My waffles never last to have them frozen, though its a good idea. I’m looking for a recipe that doesn’t use eggs yet gives me good waffles.:)

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  28. Marla Bechtold Says:

    Wow! There are no words…

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