These easy homemade Belgian yeast waffles are my go to recipe when I want to make a special breakfast for friends or family. The waffles are a Brussels waffle recipe with yeast in the batter that adds the most wonderful home baked flavor and helps give rise to the waffles.
About these Brussels waffles:
You may think that yeast is just for breads and hearty recipes that need long baking times but yeast added into waffles makes the most light and airy waffles. Brussels waffles uses yeasts to give the waffles lift and creates a crunchy outside and soft and airy inside to the waffles.
You will need a special Belgian waffle maker for these Brussels waffles since it has deeper grooves than a traditional waffle maker.
The yeast in these Belgian waffles:
You can let your yeasted waffle batter rise overnight or give it an hour or so like I did in this recipe before making them. I have tried both ways and they both are delicious and work well.
My routine when I make these is I will wake up early on a Sunday morning before anyone else wakes up to get this batter started. I place it in a warm spot in my kitchen (I find my microwave to be a good resting spot) for about an hour while I have my morning coffee.
Ingredients for these Belgian yeast waffles:
All of the ingredients for these yeast waffles are very simple. It will be all the same ingredients that you would use for regular waffles except it has the addition of yeast.
- All purpose flour
- yeast (active dry yeast)
- baking soda
What is nice about working with yeast in the waffles is you can skip that step of whipping egg whites into your batter to get light and crisp waffles. We are using yeast and baking soda so between the two of them, your waffles will come out light and fluffy.
How to make these easy homemade yeast waffles:
The steps to making these Belgian yeast waffles is very simple. You will need at least 1 hour of time for the yeast to do its thing but it is passive time so you can be doing other things.
- Mix your yeast with some water.
- Add your yeast mixture to all of the ingredients except the baking soda.
- Mix well.
- Let sit for 1 hour or overnight.
- When ready to cook, add your baking soda and mix well.
- Heat your waffle iron.
- Pour your batter on and cook waffles.
This recipe is no more complicated than making regular waffles. You are just adding one extra step which is the yeast part. That extra step really makes all the difference in the flavor of the waffles.
Now that I have covered what is needed to make these yeast waffles, the important question is what toppings to add to them. There are so many topping possibilities but here is what I do.
Toppings for your Belgian yeast waffles:
Sometimes I am in the mood for just these yeast waffles with a little butter, powdered sugar and good quality maple syrup. If you use all quality ingredients, that is all you really need!
I do like to sometimes jazz up these waffles, especially on special occasions with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. You can also make a homemade berry sauce the day before if you want a sweeter topping than fresh berries.
Other ideas for toppings are toasted coconut, chocolate chips, any fresh berries or even nutella.
Whatever you like!
What to do with leftover Yeast Waffles:
If you end up with more waffles than you can eat, you can let the waffles cool to room temperature and place them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
To re-heat, just place your waffles in a toaster oven to warm them and crisp them back up. Wouldn't this make great leftovers to look forward to the next day!
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Easy Homemade Yeast Waffles
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- 2 cups All purpose flour
- 1 ½ cup Whole Milk
- ¼ cup warm water
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 package of active dry yeast about ¼ ounces
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- In a small bowl, combine your yeast with ¼ cup of warm water.
- Let the yeast and water mixture sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast starts to get foamy.
- After 10 minutes, mix all of the ingredients except the baking soda (you will add this right before cooking) in a large bowl.
- Cover your batter with plastic wrap and let sit for at least one hour in a warm place in your kitchen. You can also make this batter the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Making the waffles
- After an hour has passed, pre-heat your waffle maker according to your manufacturers instructions.
- Check your batter and you should see some bubbling action that occurred with your batter.
- At this point, add your ¼ teaspoon of baking powder into your batter and mix well.
- When your waffle iron is pre-heated, scoop ⅓ cup of your batter into each of your waffle spaces.
- Wait 10 seconds after adding your batter and then close the waffle maker to cook the waffles.
- Cook your waffles according to your waffle maker instructions. For my waffle maker I like to cook my waffles on a medium high heat to have a crisp outside.
- Once your waffles are done, remove them from the waffle maker and place them on a cooling rack for 1 minute to let the remaining steam to escape.
- Continue to do this until all of your batter is used up.
- Serve immediately after that with your favorite toppings.
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