Hey guys and welcome back to another recipe. Today we are going to learn how to make a very special waffle recipe that I personally love. This gaufres authentic Belgian waffle recipe is one of my favorites and pretty much the only way I will make waffles at home! It makes every other type of waffle dismal in comparison.
Some back story on why I enjoy waffles so much…
When I was little my family would go to brunch every month at a resort in Fountain Hills, AZ. We would sit down in this great ballroom all dressed up in our Sunday brunch best at a huge round table and wait to be served. Our waiter would bring coffee for the adults and juice for the kids and then we would make our way over to the buffet that at the time due to how small I was seemed to stretch on for miles.
If they had a waffle bar, and they most certainly always did, that would be my first stop in the breakfast parade. Everyone else would head over to the savory choices of eggs, omelets, bacon, and sausage. Not me, I will beeline all the way across this ballroom, plate in hand for the delicious scent of Belgian waffles. I followed my nose like Remy in Ratatouille usually with one or both of my parents chasing behind me.
Now, this is how I remember my childhood. My mom, who I would bet money will read this post at some point will probably laugh and say all of this is in my head. But this is my blog so this is what we are going to go with. 🙂
The recipe I am going to share with you today is not as good as the waffle I had many years ago at that resort. I wish it was but it just is not because that chef probably spent years perfecting that recipe and probably still is. But that is what pastry and cooking are all about in the first place. No recipe, in my opinion, should ever be “perfect”. Because life isn’t perfect and everything could always use improvement. But let me tell you this recipe is pretty damn close.
In this gaufres authentic Belgian waffle recipe, I add a touch of lemon juice and lemon zest to really brighten the batter as well as to create that crunch that I love in waffles. (Soggy waffles are the WORST) I have made these “gaufres”, as you would say in french many times and they are always a crowd-pleaser. More often than not, I am making a big batch for my husband and I to nibble on throughout the week. I like to make a big batch (because they are kind of a pain in the ass to make) and then freeze the leftovers. This makes it really easy during the week to enjoy my favorite waffle if I am crunched on time, which is almost always.
One thing I really love about this recipe is that they are wonderful after tossing them under the broiler since they can become stale and dry if you attempt to microwave them. A couple of minutes under the broiler and then top with anything from fruit and whipped cream to butter and syrup.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe but if you would like to know a little bit more about gaufres authentic Belgian waffles read some of the facts I included below. For me, this recipe comes from Europe so I immediately think of history. Which practically demands a look into the past. I am always so fascinated by how certain foods were even discovered. You never know, some of these dit bits of information might save you at trivia one day!
Historical Facts of The Belgian Waffle:
- The Belgian Waffle was originally called the Brussels waffle but was changed when the treat was brought to the American market because the creators didn’t think it would be as widely accepted.
- You can find the original “liege” waffle in New York city at Wafels and Dinges- one of the original food trucks in the city.
- The waffle is never eaten with cutlery in Brussels and never with any toppings either!
- Other than waffles Belgium is also known for their crispy fries, hand crafted beer, and fine chocolates.
- The original “liege” waffle is made with pearled sugar and is doughier than cakey.
- The Belgian waffle was first introduced to the American public at the 1962 Worlds Fair in Seattle, Washington.
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Guafres Authentic Belgian Waffles
- 1 3/4 Cup AP Flour
- 1 1/2 Tsps. Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tsp. salt
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Cup (115 g.) Unsalted Butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 3/4 Cups Buttermilk
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 Lemon juiced and grated
- Preheat waffle maker to whatever setting you choose. I usually leave my waffle maker between setting 4 and 5 but if you would like a crisper waffle you could also go higher. 2) Mise en place all ingredients and set aside. Measure butter, heat in microwave and let cool. Seperate egg whites and egg yolks and set aside. 3) Mix AP flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and granulated sugar together. Mean while mix together all wet ingredients, including lemon juice. Begin whipping egg whites to semi stiff peaks. 4) Mix dry and wet ingredients together until just combined. It is okay if there are lumps in the batter. 5) Start folding in whipped egg whites until fully incorporated. Aka no white showing but stop just at that point. Lastly fold in lemon zest. 6) I use just over half a cup of batter per waffle but depending on your waffle maker use however much batter to cover about 3/4 of the waffle tray. Cook till fully baked and serve with butter and syrup!