True Belgian Waffles with Pearl Sugar & Yeast

I’m so very excited to share with you a recipe for True Belgian Waffles, they have pearl sugar & yeast in them, and making them made my heart sing! I’ve always loved a great waffle, and for years I’ve tried different irons and recipes, never making something I loved. Every time I go to Salt Lake City, I plan to make a stop at Bruges Waffles and Frites because I love them SO much (the frites/fries are pretty amazing, too). What I realized was inside of those waffles are little sugar crystals, so I set out to find what that was. Pearl Sugar! I looked around my hometown, but found nothing. Sure enough, I found it on Amazon, and it came quickly after I ordered! I also discovered a recipe with yeast that would make it crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside.

True Belgian Waffles with yeast and pearl sugar KristenDuke.com

Here is a close up of the True Belgian Waffles without all the extra stuff.

belgian waffles

The pearl sugar on it’s own…pearl sugar

Pearl sugar in the yeast-y dough/batter.  yeast wafflesbelgian waffles with strawberries

Maybe dough isn’t new to you for waffles, but it was to me! Here is the recipe:

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True Belgian Waffles with Pearl Sugar & Yeast
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Cuisine: breakfast
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Serves: 6
 
Delicious Belgian Waffles using pearl sugar and yeast
Ingredients
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 T dry yeast
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk
  • 8 oz softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • 8 oz. Belgian pearl sugar
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, fruit, chocolate/caramel sauce, light syrup
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.Gradually add all ingredients to the flour, except the pearl sugar. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size (I like to put it by the window or on a warm stovetop). This can take around 30 minutes. After the dough rises, add the Belgian pearl sugar. Divide the dough into small balls 3-4 ounces each. Bake in a heated and greased waffle iron. The melted sugar crystals will be very hot, so use tongs when handling.
  2. This batch served my family of 6 well with a little leftover.

You must try them!

belgian waffles breakfast

If you want to get the pearl sugar, you can get it on Amazon. Had you ever heard of pearl sugar before? Any other recipes with it? Had you put yeast in your waffle batter before? Try it!

 

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  1. These are making my mouth water and no, I have never heard of pearl sugar before!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I’m going to have to pin this. Never heard of pearl sugar before. Nor of yeast in waffles for that matter.

  3. Ever since having “real” Belgian waffles in Brugge, I’ve always felt sort of let down with what we call Belgian waffles here in America. Will have to try this for sure!

  4. I LOVE breakfast and I would love to sink my teeth into those waffles. I wouldn’t have the patience to make those, though in the morning. Maybe I could try breakfast for dinner?

  5. I lived in Belgium for a few years in high school, and they have the BEST waffles. It’s been a struggle back here in America where “Belgian waffle” tends to mean larger-than-usual waffle. I’ve considered buying pearl sugar before to make my own, but never had a recipe, so thank you so so soooo much for this! I can’t wait to make my own real Belgian waffles :)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I can’t wait to hear how they taste like those in Belgium because I’ve never had them over there! It’s funny that you said people think it is the size–so true! These are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside!

  6. This recipe looks amazing! I haven’t ever used pearl sugar or seen it in the stores. I love Amazon though, I’ll have to get some in my next Prime order :) Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m thinking breakfast for Saturday morning! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  7. I haven’t ever heard of peal sugar! I need to get out more. Those look so good!
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  8. Pinned this, printed the recipe, can’t wait to try it! It is going to be terrible waiting for the pearl crystals to come from Amazon!
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hope it’s quick! There was a slight typo on the butter– 8oz (not T) which is 2 sticks! Let me know how it goes!!

  9. Yes, we discovered the beauty of these when we visited Belgium. They’re called Liege waffles there. They’re delicious, especially served with melted dark chocolate on top. You can always use more sugar in a food like this, right?

  10. I want to try this recipe but had a question about the amounts. Under butter you said 8T (2 sticks) but 8T is only one stick, 2 sticks would be 16T…so is it one stick or two? I don’t want to ruin this yumminess with the wrong amount!

  11. I’m headed to your house with plate and fork in hand! LOVE this Kristen!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/mothers-day-ideas-2/
    Have a super Sunday!
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  12. Oh me oh my! I am soooo excited to make these, Kristen! ps Your pics are GORGeous! (: xoxoxo
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  13. Congratulations! You’ve been featured at Time To Sparkle! Thanks for sharing with us! http://www.thegunnysack.com/2013/04/time-to-sparkle-tuesday-link-party-7.html
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  14. I love Bruges Waffles! Best tiny restaurant ever. Even though I live only a couple of miles away, I’m excited to try these at home!
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      I like to go every time I go to Utah, but I’m sure the novelty would wear off if I lived there! Now to mimick that fry sauce!!

  15. I featured you today on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!
    Kim

  16. aprilv says:

    I live on Hill AFB, moving here after 3 years in Europe. Needless to say I was elated when I found Bruges!! I took had found pearl sugar on amazon and just haven’t ordered it yet. Thanks for the recipe!!

  17. This looks awesome, and I’m so glad you shared your recipe at our link party! I’m featuring it today on Love Grows Wild:

    http://www.lovegrowswild.com/2013/05/fun-recipes-to-make-with-kids-this-summer.html
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  18. pscrock says:

    What kind of waffle iron do you have?

  19. Hi everyone,
    I had to step in. Born and raised in Liege (belgium), I had to step in to tell a few things here.
    Belgian waffles are all the variety of waffles you can find in Belgium. This article, picture and somewhat recipe is for a Liege waffle, which has nothing to do with the Brussel waffle or the bruges waffle…and the Verviers waffle…and the Namur waffle…and the…etc…etc…
    Also, the pearl sugar you buy at amazon or Lars are made with sugar canes. Liege waffle – the only one using pearl sugar – used sugar from beets.
    The Liege waffle is the only one you put NOTHING on it. Let me picture this. Putting whip cream or Nutella on a lIege waffle is putting whip cream or Nutella on your burger right off the BBQ. It can be done of course, but a real burger guy will never do that. You can put any topping on all of the others though.
    And, you do not crush square sugar to use on a Liege waffle. They are not made with the same process and will caramelized instead.
    Sorry, but I had to say that. If you need real pearl sugar, try belgianpearlsugar.com
    Thank you. I feel a bit better inside :-)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thanks for the extra info!

    • What type of waffles are sold at the train station hot off the waffle iron? We were in Belgium 18 years ago and I swear one of these days I will go back just to eat waffles!!! There have been times when I’ve craved these waffles so badly that I’ve told my hubby I feel like buying a ticket and flying to Belgium to eat waffles and buy many, many dozens and bring them back home and put in the freezer!! Now words can describe how delicious they taste right of the iron!

  20. These waffle look absolutely incredible Kristen! I have never heard of pearl sugar but now I definitely want to give it a try!

  21. I have never heard of pearl sugar, but now I need to buy it for sure!!! Those waffles look so tantalizing!!!
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  22. I work near Bruges and can’t get enough of their waffles!!! I’m so excited to try these! Next step, you’ll have to solve the frites recipe. :)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh my goodness, their frites–and sauce–YUM!!! I probably wouldn’t make these if I lived close enough….but maybe!

  23. Wow! These sound amazing! I’ve never heard of pearl sugar before, and now I’m dying to try it!
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  24. I want these for breakfast right now! Pinned!

  25. I’ve never heard of this fabulousness of pearl sugar…but you better believe I want to try it now! These look so delicious!

  26. Leslee Yoder says:

    I tried to make these today but my dough didn’t rise. Any hints on what I may have done wrong?? I just returned from Belgium and the hostess of the B & B that we stayed in made them everyday and they were so delicious. She gave me her recipe but it was in grams and was hard to translate into cups, etc.

    Can you offer any help? I would so appreciate it!

    Thanks,
    Leslee

  27. My wife and I took our daughter to Bruges last night for her birthday and I’ve been determined to fine a recipe ever since. We’ll be trying them tonight! Thanks.

  28. I noticed for the salt and vanilla measurements you put tsp. but for the dry yeast its only T.
    is the measurement for the yeast also a tsp or tbs?
    please let me know. thank you…

  29. There’s a food truck in Utah county called Waffle Love. Their waffles are supposed to have pearl sugar and yeast, but I haven’t had a chance to try them yet. They are HUGELY popular, though pricey. I think I’ll have to try this recipe and then try their waffles and see how they compare!

  30. Oh, yum! My mouth watered!
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  31. I think you might be able to buy pearl sugar from IKEA. It is probably not the Belgian version of pearl sugar, but in a pinch it might work. My sister-in-law is from Belgium. Sometimes they will bring Liege waffles when they come and visit us. They are so yummy! I also really like Bruges in SLC.

  32. mahalo kristen, i tried this recipe today and it was great!

    i wasn’t sure about instructions so i prepared yeast and milk separately and added to flour mixture later. i put the dough on the stove top where it was warmed from the heating oven below – took about 40 minutes to rise properly. used the dough hook on mixer to blend in pearl sugar but it could have just as well be done by hand. it was a bit sweet for me so next time i will try cutting back on pearl sugar to 5 or 6 oz instead of 8. from reading other blogs on making these waffles i learned to set the waffle iron to just a tad under medium to allow the dough to cook through inside and get a little brown crisp on the outside…. they looked and tasted fabulous. thanks for the recipe! kathleen in hawaii

  33. So I found this recipe yesterday and I like many of you have never heard of pearl sugar, and I didn’t want to wait to try them until I could either find some or have it sent to me. So I tried using just regular sugar and they were awesome!! I added some in the mixture at the end like the recipe calls for and then I rolled the balls of dough in granule sugar and it seemed to give the same kind of effect that the pearl sugar would have done. My family loved them and I am definitely going to be using this recipe. Changed my world of waffles forever!

  34. I just tried this recepie out this morning. I substituted standard fine granulated sugar for pearl-I couldn’t find any nearby. But they turned out great! They were very tasty and a huge hit with my family. Served them up with mixed berries and a dallop of vanilla bean ice cream. Thanks!

  35. Kristin, this is the exact recipe that is on the pearl sugar box from amazon. Are you sure you want to claim it as your own? I was first introduced to these waffles by my college daughter in downtown salt lake city from a guy from Bruges Belgium who first started selling them from a cart. I was thrilled to find the pearl sugar on amazon and have not been able to find it any where else either.

  36. Here is my question, if I don’t use pearl sugar, do I just use the same amount of regular sugar instead?

  37. these look yummy! my kids keep bugging me to buy a waffle maker, i just might have to now!
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  38. Hi, does anyone have the recipe for their delicious cream? I followed a recipe for creme fraise, but it was not as good.

  39. Should I cover the bowl while I let the dough rest?

  40. the dry yeast its only T.
    is the measurement for the yeast a tsp or tbs?
    please let me know. thank you…

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