True Belgian Waffles with Pearl Sugar & Yeast

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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

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
Cuisine: breakfast
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Serves: 6
Delicious Belgian Waffles using pearl sugar and yeast
  • 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
  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. I’m not sure you can really call yourself the “author” of this recipe.

    • That sounded worse than I wish it had. I love this recipe and make it at least monthly for my family. I would just reference the original source,

  2. Tried them and they are amazing!!!! Thanks for posting

  3. Can I put this batter to raise overnight in the fridge?

  4. tara harvison says:

    If you have a world market near you, that is where I found my pearl sugar. I never knew about it until I went to The Seabrook waffle company and they told me they made their waffles with a dough and not a batter and with pearl sugar. I am not a waffle fan but lived these waffles. I cane home and wanted to make them for easter. I slacked so I had no time to buy online but found the pearl sugar at the world market. (If you have one neat and never been you should go. It’s not just food they have tums of stiff. But they have beer from all over tjevworld, food, candy, crazy sodas like peanut butter jelly flavor. They also have house hold stuff and more it’s definitely a neat place) my question would be though if I make a yeast do can it be saved for a day or two or does the waffles have to be made that day?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, I LOVE world market for the unique food options, didn’t realize they had pearl sugar though! I am not super knowledgable about yeast, but I’d say it’s best to make it right away.

    • You CAN hold the risen dough overnight or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Just be sure to bring the dough to room temperature before baking in waffle iron.

  5. d Wright downs says:

    I lost this recipe glad you have it. Will share it with my sister-in – law so she can make it for my brother and the kids. got it when I was in Germany back when I was in the Army.

  6. But, no baking powder and baking soda?