I have a confession to make. As much as I love to cook and as much as I love getting every known cooking gadget know to man, I have to confess that I do not nor have I ever in my life owned a waffle iron. There I said it.
Waffles have never been a breakfast choice for me. When it comes to breakfast food, I choose french toast or eggs maybe an occasional pancake but hardly ever waffles. Oh, I am sure there are some really fabulous recipes out there for them but I really never gave them a chance until ....Now! About a year ago the PTA in the school I work at was doing a teacher appreciation week for us and brought in a very popular waffle company called Waffle Love to treat us to breakfast. I was leery at first but everyone raved about them so I tried one. My life is Forever Changed!!!
Ever since that day I couldn't stop thinking about them. I had to have more. As I researched recipes I was able to settle on one with just one change and it was thrilling to see them come out of the waffle iron (I had to borrow my daughters) and taste like pure heaven! Of course the Biscoff Spread and Strawberries and whip cream didn't hurt anything either! You just have to try these.
So delicious! I am even asking for my own waffle iron for Mother's Day!
What you really want from the sugar is for it to melt pretty much completely and caramelize in little pockets of goodness in your waffle. If it is too large it will leave too much crunchiness from crystals and if it is too small it won't be enough to taste. I decided to use both to compare and see for myself if the less expensive and more doable sugar cubes would work. The result in side by side comparison was that I could only tell a slight difference and the sugar cubes actually won! They caramelized better and I really liked them best!
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Waffle Love Copy Cat Liege Waffles
Prep Time: 4hours to overnight
Cook Time: 2.5 minutes each
Ingredients (8 to 10)
- 3/4 Cup milk, warm
- 2 Tablespoons water, warm
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 2 Large eggs, lightly beaten and warmed to room temperature
- 1 Cup butter, softened
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 Cups Bread flour
- 1 1/2 cups (1/4 inch) pebbled sugar cubes (I used Domino Brand)
Add milk, water, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Stir to combine.
In a mixing bowl cream the remaining sugars and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, honey and vanilla. Mix together until blended and then add the yeast mixture. Place the dough hook on the mixer and add 2 cups of flour. When well blended add the remaining flour and blend it in. Cover the bowl (I used a plate but you can use plastic) and let it sit on your counter top at least 4 hours or overnight if using it first thing in the morning.
Punch the dough down and add the pebbled sugar. To pebble your sugar, place sugar cubes in a heavy ziplock bag and place on a cutting board. Using a flat sided meat mallet, hit the cubes until they are approximately 1/4" to 1/8" in size. Separate these chunks from the powdered sugar and knead them into your dough.
Punch down the dough and it into 8 to 10 equal balls (about 4.5 oz.) . Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes in a waffle maker. Serve with whip cream, Biscoff spread, and strawberries if desired.
Copy Cat Waffle Love Liege Waffles. Adapted from Oh Sweet Basil
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