Liege Waffles (Belgian Sugar Waffles)

June  7, 2017
3 Ratings
Photo by Katie Koteen
  • Makes 8-12
Author Notes

Have you ever had a Liege Waffle? Also known as a Belgian Sugar Waffle, it's caramelized sugar makes it crispy and rich with just a hint of cinnamon. It does require a little prep time, as it's a yeasted waffle, but if you're organized you can easily make these in under an hour. Dairy-free and egg-free, this vegan version of the original does not disappoint!

Serve dusted with powdered sugar and fresh fruit. —Katie Koteen

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamaon
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) vegan butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 ounces Belgian pearl sugar
  • powdered sugar, for serving
  1. Combine sugar and almond milk in a small bowl. Microwave until the mixture is between 95-115 F. Stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar, then add the yeast. Set aside the mixture for the yeast to develop.
  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon, and butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the water, vegetable oil and baking powder. This is your egg replacer mix. Add the egg replacer mix and the developed yeast mix to the mixer bowl. Mix the dough on medium speed for 3-4 minutes or until dough come together smoothly. It should be thick, like pizza dough. If it’s too dry, add another tablespoon or two of almond milk.
  4. Leave the dough in the mixer bowl to rise. Cover it with a towel and put it in a warm spot for 30-60 minutes to rise. The dough should double in size.
  5. Once the dough has risen, mix in the Belgian sugar. Form the dough into 8-12 evenly shaped balls, a little smaller than a baseball.
  6. Warm your waffle iron and bake until crispy brown. Be very careful removing waffles from the iron. The melted caramelized sugar is extremely hot.
  7. Let waffles cool for a few minutes before serving.
  8. If the leftover waffles get too cool, the sugar hardens considerably. Just reheat in the toaster and they’ll spring back to life.

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2 Reviews

Laura January 3, 2020
When were we supposed to add vanilla? Also, I only added half of the pearl sugars because my almond milk was already slightly sweet. It was perfect.
Cathy B. January 21, 2018
How do Belgians eat these waffles? Are these the type you find packaged in bakeries? I didn't make this recipe, but I found the one I made too sweet. Have you ever made a gluten free version?