Traditional belgian waffles with berries and cream

Traditional Belgian Waffles with Berries and Cream [Recipe]

Rating: 4.5/5Serves: 10 Waffles Difficulty: MediumApprox. Cost: $14.00
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time:  10 MinutesTotal Time: 30 Minutes

Waffles, you know them, you love them. Now you can learn to make them!

If you’ve never been to Belgium, you may have never experienced the true culinary magic of the Belgian waffle. Belgians take waffles to another dimension.

Plenty of butter and sugar give Belgian waffles a delightful crunchy outside and a rich, chewy, interior. Folding whipped egg whites into the batter makes them insanely light and fluffy while the addition of vanilla and cinnamon create a delightful flavor and aroma. Top these delicious, pillowy waffles with fresh berries, whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce for the ultimate breakfast (or dessert) fare.

Because Belgian waffles are so rich from all the butter and sugar, they may be more of a Sunday morning indulgence than an everyday breakfast item.

Belgian waffles are traditionally made in a different iron than regular waffles. Since Belgian waffle batter tends to be fluffier than regular waffles, Belgian waffle irons have deeper pockets, which create deeper holes in the waffles themselves. Deeper holes in the waffles mean more space to soak up any of the wonderful toppings you might choose to put on top of them. However, this recipe will work just fine with whatever kind of waffle maker you have. Enjoy!

Note: This Belgian waffle recipe suggests topping with sliced strawberries and whipped cream, but that is just a suggestion. Top your Belgian waffles with anything you desire: bananas, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, nuts, Greek yogurt, honey or even fried chicken — they are all amazing on top of Belgian waffles!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250 grams) flour
  • ½ cup (120 ml) sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1½ (370 ml) cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pint (350 grams) strawberries, sliced
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream, whipped into stiff peaks

Directions

  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks in a separate bowl.  
  4. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl.
  5. Add the butter, milk and vanilla to the egg yolks. Stir into the dry ingredients until combined.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the other ingredients to form a batter.
  7. Lightly grease your waffle iron and cook the waffles according to the directions until golden brown.
  8. Serve with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

JARED KENT has been cooking professionally for seven years. After attending Johnson & Wales University’s culinary arts program, he has worked in a fine dining restaurant run by world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, worked as a culinary teaching assistant, managed an upscale food truck, cooked in a Southeast Asian restaurant and worked as a sous chef in a tapas restaurant.

image: Joseph Gonzalez

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