10 Tips for making the best Belgian Waffles

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10 Tips for making the best Belgian Waffles

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What if I could somehow unlock to you tips on making the best Belgian waffle there is?

Interesting, right?

If you are one of those who have this unrivaled craving for the best waffles, then I presume you have done your part on researching for restos in your city which offers the best Belgian waffles in town that are worth every penny in your pocket.

What if I could somehow unlock to you tips on making the best Belgian waffle?

Now, what really makes a Belgian waffle special? This is not your typical waffle; aside from the fact that it is bigger, it is much richer in taste and flavor with deeper grid patterns compared to American waffles. It should have that crisp outer layer with a warm fluffy filling  inside. Here are some tips on making the best Belgian waffle which I think is very effective to satisfy that craving of having a mouth-watering Belgian waffle.

 

 

1. The Recipe

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The one thing that makes a perfect Belgian waffle stand out among another Belgian delicacy is the “steps”, the “know-how”, or the so-called “guide” for without it, it wouldn’t even be possible for you to achieve the crisp, golden brown flavorful waffles. The key ingredients you will need are:

  • 180 ml milk
  • 240 ml buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp active dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar, or more to taste
  • 245g flour
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal (or another tbsp of flour)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Oil , to grease

 

2. Waffle Iron

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Basically, you got to have a good iron waffle maker  to make a good Belgian waffle. Your recipe won’t even matter if you have a waffle iron that’s ready to explode anytime. Having a good waffle maker puts the pieces all together to create the best Belgian waffle. To achieve a good Belgian waffle, there’s a waffle maker that have Belgian grid designs, which makes the difference on your not everyday waffle. Nowadays, waffle makers have been designed for an advanced heating technology that ensures consistent baking and browning of your waffles. A good waffle maker will do the hard work for you. It is important that you preheat your waffle iron before pouring in the batter. Neglecting to do so will overcook the inner part of the waffle right even before the outer part becomes crisp and brown.

 

 

3. Flavor 

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One of the things that should make a waffle stand out is its flavor. Just like pancakes, you can also play pretty much in this part, or on whatever you fancy. Try mixing things up with either (1.) Chocolate sauce; (2.) Maple syrup; (3.) fresh or dried fruit (4.) Blueberries; or (5.) cinnamon sugar. You can blend any of these sweet treats into the batter before mixing it. Adding this treats will surely make you ask for more. If you prefer to have a more flavorful and aromatic waffle, try adding Amaretto Liqueur, this should make the difference. If you happen to have none of it, make sure to add some vanilla or almond extract to be able to achieve that same flavor and aroma.

 

4. Egg yolks vs Egg whites

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The best way of making the best use of the egg for your waffle is to separate your egg whites from the egg yolks. This is important because it makes for a light and fluffy inside of the waffle, which is one of the expected features of Belgian waffles.

 

5. Buttermilk

Buttermilk is one of the most important ingredients that should make up for your recipe to achieve the best and desired Belgian waffle. It can make a thicker batter which will result to a tastier waffle, in fact, you can mix your buttermilk and regular milk for an even better result. Crisp on the outside yet richer, soft and fluffy on the inside.

 

6. Non-stick 

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To make for a delicious Belgian waffle, it better look as appealing and delicious as it could be on the outside and one of the things that could somehow jeopardize in achieving it is when that moment when you try to lift the lid of your waffle maker, and the waffle may have stuck on those deep gridlines. For you to avoid that from happening, try to add or spray more oil or even add butter on the gridlines before you even pour in the batter you prepared. This should definitely handle that problem.

 

7. Mix them right 

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It is important to have a smooth batter for your waffle, the smoother the batter the lighter and crispier your waffle will be. To achieve a smoother batter, it is advised that you use a mixer to have evenly mixed ingredients into your batter. As much as you will be assured that your flavors will be well achieved, it will also spread your batter evenly on the grids of your waffle maker.

 

8. Toppings  

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Belgian waffles can be your everyday breakfast, midday meals or even your weekend snacks for your friends and family members. Though it can be a routine food, Belgian waffles can be your desserts too. Combining this perfectly baked Belgian waffles with chocolate sauce toppings and whipped cream will surely make people see how delicious and rich in flavor Belgian waffles are. The right blend of toppings will somehow dictate on to what occasion this waffles may be of particular use. A cherry on top will be an evening dessert so as a chocolate kisses on top will be just perfect for an afternoon picnic at the park. Make sure these toppings are ready just when your Belgian waffle is cooked.

 

9. Add cornstarch 

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When making your Belgian waffles, you can't absolutely cook as many as you want, not unless you have a couple of vacant waffle makers to cook them all together. It is important to add cornstarch because it keeps your waffle from getting soggy while you are still waiting for the rest of your waffles to be cooked.

10. Yeasted vs unyeasted

To have the classic and authentic taste of a Belgian waffle, you have to bake them using yeast as your rising agent rather than using baking powder as what north American versions of waffles are. It will make the difference. It will make the inside of the waffle chewy and crumb while the outside is delicate and crisp. The baking powder will make the waffle with a muffin type of texture.

 

Be prepared to sit back and indulge in a tasty ride. That first bite, you would definitely know you’re having the best Belgian waffle there is, with that craggy, mouth-watering, shatteringly crisp crust and that inner layer to die for.

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