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Liege Waffle Recipe Without Pearl Sugar

Liege Waffle Recipe Without Pearl Sugar

These Liege waffles have a crunch caramelized sugar exterior and a tender interior. They are rich and sweet, and the perfect holiday breakfast!
3.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 12 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Belgian
Servings 6


  • Waffle Iron


  • 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast (not instant yeast)
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3/8 cup milk warmed to 110-115 F
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar cubes


  • Place yeast, sugar and warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment attached and proof yeast 5-10 minutes.
  • Add egg, vanilla, honey, 2 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture and beat on low speed until combined.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment. Add butter 4 tbsp at a time, kneading until totally incorporated.
  • Add the rest of the flour and knead 5-10 minutes.
  • Cover and let the yeast dough rise in a warm place covered in a light cloth until doubled in size, around 2 hours.
  • Knock the dough down and wrap in plastic wrap 2-3 times. Let the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  • The next day, let the dough come to room temperature for about an hour. While the dough warms, put the sugar cubes in a small Ziploc bag. Bash with a rolling pin until the cubes turn into small pieces, no larger than 1/8 of an inch.
  • Knead the sugar into the Belgian waffle dough. Now you have liege waffle dough on your hands! Once mixed, divide the dough into 6 dough balls of equal size.
  • Cook in a waffle iron on medium heat (we used level 4 of 6 on our Waring waffle iron) for several minutes, or until a rich golden brown in color.


  • Give each waffle a few minutes to cool slightly before eating - the caramelized sugar on the exterior will be very hot.
  • If you are baking for a crowd, keep waffles warm on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 200 degrees F.
  • These waffles are delicious topped with a poached egg and melted gruyere for a sweet and savory breakfast.
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