Liege Waffles (from Allrecipes)
While Smitten Kitchen's recipe is great, it does take a bit of planning. These come together the same morning as you want them (well, if you wake up with the sun like I do thanks for a very cheerful four-year-old) and are deeeeeeeelicous!
1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) yeast
1.5 tbsp sugar
3/4 cups lukewarm milk (~100°F)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pearl sugar
Add the milk to a medium bowl. Mix in the sugar and the yeast. Let sit for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.
Meanwhile, melt and cool the butter.
Whisk the eggs, melted and cooled butter and vanilla into the yeast mixture.
In a large bowl, stir together then flour and salt. Stir in the liquid ingredients and stir together until a wet dough forms. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled, about 30 minutes. Gently mix in the pearl sugar.
Preheat your waffle iron for 10 minutes. Place a baseball sized ball of dough in the middle of the iron and cook until golden, roughly 2-3 minutes.
- I suspect the rising time is pretty fungible. I let mine rise at room temperature (~ 75°) for an hour and half, and it still turned out great.
- I added 1 cup of pearl sugar and it was great! The next time I tried the full 1 1/2 cups and felt like it was a bit too much.
- This dough is sooo buttery, you don't need to oil or butter the waffle iron at all.
- Most recipes say that you can keep these warm in a 200° oven; I've never tried.