Liege Waffles

Drew found this recipe on Food & Wine’s site. I am anxious to try it.

The batter can be prepared and refrigerated overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted (about 1 cup), plus more for brushing
  • 1 cup Belgian pearl sugar (see Note)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar and yeast into the lukewarm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, mix the flour with the salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix at medium speed until shaggy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for 20 seconds between each.
  4. Whisk the vanilla with the 1 cup of melted butter.
  5. With the mixer at medium-low, gradually mix in the butter until smooth; the batter will be thick and very sticky.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the batter rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  7. Stir the pearl sugar into the risen batter. Cover again and let rest for 15 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 250°. Preheat a Belgian waffle iron and brush it with melted butter.
  9. Gently stir the batter to deflate.
  10. Using about 2 tablespoons of batter for each, cook the waffles according to the manufacture’s directions until they are golden and crisp; brush the waffle iron with melted butter as needed. Transfer the waffles to plates or keep them warm in the oven, then serve.

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