My parents-in-law fell in love and got married in a small chapel in Louvain, Belgium. They often spoke of waffles that were sold in street stands and were eaten as midday snacks. Starbucks in Manila sells these sweet treats as Belgian Pegi Waffles and I loved having them with my coffee back home.
I searched Toronto high and low but alas could not find these slightly crunchy, slightly chewy, slightly sweet, and oh so delicious little morsels of waffle heaven. So, I decided to make my own...
4 tsp. instant dry yeast
1/4 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup warm milk
8 tbsp. butter, room temp
6 tbsp. all purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup pearl sugar
Make batter 1.
1. Dissolve yeast in water, 1 tbsp of flour and sugar.
2. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Make well in remaining flour, add in yeast mix, egg and milk.
4. Mix and let rise until double or triple in volume.
Meanwhile, make batter 2.
Mix butter, flour, salt, vanilla, baking powder and sugars.
Mix batter 1 and 2.
Heat Belgian waffle maker until good and hot. I use a Cuisinart 4-waffle Belgian waffle maker (mine is an older model though) and I put about 1/4 cup of batter per square. The waffles come out roundish, which is how they're supposed to look anyway. For my waffle maker, I cook each batch at power number 4 for 4 minutes.
The waffles taste best on the day they're made but keep for a day at room temperature. They may also be frozen and reheated in a toaster.