Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Liege Waffles ~ HOT OFF THE PRESS


Carmen of Baking is my Zen makes Liege Waffles

Waffles, as we know it in the states, is generally a breakfast food. It’s a different twist to the pancake. But, waffles from Belgium are a different thing totally. First, it involves premeditation. Namely, it uses yeast in its dough. Which means, you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to enjoy liege waffles. Since it uses yeast in the dough, it will need some extended prep time.

Belgium’s sweet delight…Liege Waffles…are soft and chewy.

Listen to how the word Liegeis pronounced here. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

The Liège waffle (from the city of Liège, in eastern Belgium) is a richer, denser, sweeter, and chewier waffle. Invented by the chef of the prince-bishop of Liège in the 18th century as an adaptation of brioche bread dough, it features chunks of pearl sugar, which caramelizes on the outside of the waffle when baked. It is the most common type of waffle available in Belgium and is prepared in plain, vanilla and cinnamon varieties by street vendors across the nation.”

Pearl sugar is THE STAR that makes the Liege waffle sparkle.

The hot caramelized sugar scattered throughout the hot waffle is the key to its splendor. You can top the waffle with additions, such as fruit and whip cream.

Here, I’ve split the liege waffle I made in half. You can see the pearls of sugar throughout. Yummy for your tummy!


If you’re in New York, stop by the Wafels and Dinges Truck for liege waffles.

Their location varies, so check their twitter and website:
Twitter (@waffletruck)
and website (waflesanddinges.com)


VENDY AWARDS - 2009
Belgian waffle vendor Thomas De Geest wins the year 2009 Vendy Award in the desserts category
The Vendy Awards is one of New York City’s food events.
Thomas DeGeest (owner of Waffles & Dinges), used to work as a consultant for IBM.
He started selling Belgian waffles in the streets of New York.
Thomas sells Belgian waffles with all types of dinges and toppings.
He sells Belgian waffles warm and cold, sweet and savory.

WAFFLE MANIA – Thomas DeGeest in a
Throwdown” with Bobby Flay.
Don’t know what Dinges is? Watch the video to find out.


MY VISIT to Wafels and Dinges ~ South Street Seaport – New York City
I stopped by the "Bierbeek" cart located on the corner of Fulton and Front Street in New York City’s South Street Seaport area. I enjoyed my warm liege waffle with just a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar.
The pearl sugar is what makes this a special treat.

The "Bierbeek" cart was named after the Belgian village where Thomas, the waffle-guy, grew up. Translated from Flemish to English, it means "Beer-Creek". The name came about in the times of Emperor Charles the Great. He was called in to bring some order into the local pub, where the "after-mess" drinking sessions of the local farmers were getting a little out of hand. So he came in and ordered all beer barrels to be poured out into the local creek behind the pub. Hence, the name.”

MY VISIT to Rockn’ Joe in Westfield, New Jersey ~ Liege Waffles sold here!
If you’re in New Jersey, try Thomas DeGeest’s liege waffles at Rockn’ Joe in Westfield.
The cafe has been serving Thomas DeGeest’s liege waffles for over two years. I stopped by to try the liege waffles. I tried it with just a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar. It is chewy, dense and sugary. Totally awesome! The pearl sugar is the key to the sweetness in the waffle.
Rockn’ Joe Belgian Waffles "Throw Down" Bobby Flay


Now it’s recipe time…

Did you know you can make your own pearl sugar?
Here’s how…check out this v i d e o.

I used a liege waffle recipe located on http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-waffles-ever.

 

Liege Waffles ~ HOT off the Press

Adapted by Carmen of Baking is my Zen

1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm water (about 105 degrees Fahrenheit - too hot will kill the yeast)
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pearl sugar* (I used LARS brand-which also has a recipe on the back of the box)

DIRECTIONS:

1.      Mix the yeast, water (about 105 degrees F), sugar and salt in a bowl.
2.      Allow to ferment for 15 minutes.
3.      Place the flour in a separate large mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
4.      Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and mix (using paddle attachment) until blended on medium speed.
5.      To the batter, add eggs (one at a time), and mix well.
6.      Add in the melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon.
7.      The batter will be thick and sticky.
8.      Wrap batter with plastic wrap.
9.      Place a towel over bowl. Allow the dough to rest (free from drafts) in the bowl until it doubles in volume. (Approximately 30 minutes or more)
10.  Once dough has doubled, remove towel and plastic wrap.
11.  Gently fold in the pearl sugar.
12.  Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
13.  Meanwhile, heat the waffle iron.
I used level 3 to 4 on my Villaware waffle iron.
Note: If the ball of dough is too large, it will ooze out of the waffle maker. Test a few to see the size that works best for your machine.
14.  Spoon small balls of dough (about 2 inches approx) into the center of the waffle iron squares.
15.  Close the waffle iron lid.
16.  Waffles will cook in 3 to 5 minutes.
17.  Remove and place on rack or plate.
18.  Repeat process until all dough is cooked.
19.  Best served warm.

Serving suggestions:
  • Eat unadorned…just plain and simple.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
  • Add a dollop of whip cream, add fresh berries and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Recipe Photo Tutorial
Liege Waffles ~ HOT off the Press
Adapted by Carmen of Baking is my Zen

DIRECTIONS:
Mix the yeast, water (about 105 degrees F), sugar and salt in a bowl.




Allow to ferment for 15 minutes.
Place the flour in a separate large mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and mix (using paddle attachment) until blended on medium speed.

To the batter, add eggs (one at a time), and mix well.

Add in the melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon.


The batter will be thick and sticky.
Wrap batter with plastic wrap.
Place a towel over bowl.
Allow the dough to rest (free from drafts) in the bowl until it doubles in volume.
(Approximately 30 minutes or more)
Once dough has doubled, remove towel and plastic wrap.
Gently fold in the pearl sugar.
Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the waffle iron.
I used level 3 to 4 on my Villaware waffle iron.
Note: If the ball of dough is too large, it will ooze out of the waffle maker.
Test a few to see the size that works best for your machine.

Spoon small balls of dough (about 2 inches approx) into the center of the waffle iron squares.

Close the waffle iron lid.
Waffles will cook in 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove and place on rack or plate.
Repeat process until all dough is cooked.
Best served warm.

Serving suggestions:
·        Eat unadorned…just plain and simple.
·        Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
·        Add a dollop of whip cream, add fresh berries and sprinkle with cinnamon.



Peace in baking,
Carmen

Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Victor Hugo

14 comments:

Eliana said...

I live in NYC and have been seeing these waffles trucks for a while now and have yet to try them. You just reminded me that I need to get a move on already. Or I can just make the recipe you shared here, which looks amazing.

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Eliana,

This is my first time making Liege Waffles. I wish I knew of this sooner. It's so good!

Carmen

Irina@PastryPal said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your awesome compliment. I'm now reading yours and I love the name "Baking is My Zen." I think all us bakers know what you mean :)

Sigh, I just adore waffles —crispy-edged, golden waffles, and your photos zoom in so close to them, I can almost reach out and grab them. So beautiful, and I love the idea of little sugar crystals scattered throughout. Maybe it's time I bought myself a waffle maker, eh?

Petra (Zoom Yummy) said...

I love waffles. These look amazing and so tempting! :) Petra

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Irina,

Thanks for stopping by! Give yourself a gift...you'll love the liege waffles.:)

Carmen

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Petra,

Thanks for stopping by...your blog has awesome tips on photography. Will visit often! :)

Carmen

crustabakes said...

i wanna waft towards these waffles! YUMM

Jaime said...

wow i've never seen waffles like that before. those look so scrumptious!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Crustabakes...I don't blame you! :D

Carmen

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Jaime,

Nice to see you on your blog! Yes, the liege waffles are sooooo gooood!

Carmen

sweetlife said...

perfect waffles, wow you photo tutorials always amaze me, the close ups of the great waffles had me drooling...I watched a food show (cannot recall the name) where you would ski to the top of the moutain and they had a waffle house so as you rest you could munch on a golden waffle, i loved the idea of a warm waffle on a cold day, I am sure to try this great recipe..

sweetlife

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Bonnie,

These liege waffles are so delicious, I wish I knew of them earlier.

Carmen

Jen_from_NJ said...

Now I'm craving Liege waffles! Should I head to NYC, Westfield or maybe I should try making them myself? I should definitely make these over Christmas vacation when my daughters are home! Thanks!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Jen,

This is a recipe you WANT to have in your recipe file. Your girls will love making these. Give them a whirl. You'll be glad you did.

Carmen

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