Meet the waffles that'll ruin your life. What's the special ingredient?

These Waffles Will Ruin Your Life {In the Best Way Possible}

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Meet the waffles that'll ruin your life. What's the special ingredient?Waffles.

I don’t like ’em.

I don’t know why, but they’ve never really interested me. The only waffles I have eaten were nasty. If I don’t like something, I’m not swallowing it. I usually spit waffles right out.

Last month, I went to Salt Lake City for the Everything Food Conference. For breakfast one morning, Waffle Love catered…and I tried them.

HOLY SMOKES. THESE WERE THE BEST THINGS I’VE EVER PUT IN MY MOUTH. Like, ever.

I DON’T EVEN LIKE WAFFLES!!!

I briefly thought, oh man – I need to open a Waffle Love franchise in Iowa so that I can eat these like, every day.

Then my rational side kicked in and was like, no – Kathy. Bad idea. Let’s just find a recipe. {Thank goodness my husband is ok with my crazy antics}

I found a recipe on Ashlee Marie, but needed to make a few tweaks…and it came out perfectly.

If you don’t care about carbs, calories, or your waistline…then these are for you. Or, if you’ve got a cheat meal…these are for you.

You’ll never go back to regular waffles ever again.

These are known as liege waffles, which require a special type of sugar I’ve only been able to find on Amazon. This is the only kind of sugar that’ll give you the crunch and taste you’re looking for. It keeps the outside crunchy, the inside super soft and moist, with little bursts of this sugar. It’s like a party in your mouth.
You don’t really need a super fancy waffle maker, either. I got this waffle iron for less than $30 online – shipped!

I told every single person I knew about these waffles when I had returned from Salt Lake City. I bragged ’em up so much. I was a little nervous when I got my supplies from Amazon. What if these weren’t as magical tasting? Can I replicate it?

I think my husband’s response says it all (I had made 24 waffles. Oops):

“I wish we didn’t have leftovers. I’m going to get so huge.”

These were so good, we ate ourselves darn near into a food coma. We had leftovers because I made so many, but they were gone the next day!

Even the ones I accidentally burned were devoured. The key to making these is to not have the heat turned up too high – sugar burns at 375 degrees. I had the burner on high – but found the sweet spot around medium. I cook ’em for about a minute on medium on one side, then flip them over for another 1.5-2 min on the other side. I just used one of those squares on the waffle iron.

Prepare to have your life flipped upside down – in a good way.

{I feel like I should insert something here that says something to the effect of…Let me show you the worrrrrld}

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The Best Waffles {EVER}

The Best Waffles {EVER}

Yield: 8-10 waffles
Prep Time: 15 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk, lukewarm
  • 1/3 cup water, lukewarm
  • 2 large eggs warmed up to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups belgian pearl sugar

Instructions

  1. In stand mixer, combine yeast, granulated sugar, whole milk and water. Stir to combine and let yeast sit and activate for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs honey, vanilla and salt and beat until well combined.
  3. Add in brown sugar and butter and beat until well combined.
  4. Add Flour last and knead until dough is formed and is smooth in consistency.
  5. Place dough in a medium greased bowl and cover tightly with saran wrap.
  6. Let rest for about 3 hours until dough has bulked up more than double in size. Punch dough down, place back in bowl, cover tightly with saran wrap and place in fridge over night. DO NOT MIX IN YOUR BELGIAN PEARL SUGAR YET. That step comes in the morning.
  7. In the morning, heat up waffle iron.
  8. Remove dough from fridge, it will be very firm. Knead in the Belgian Pearl Sugars.
  9. Divide dough into 8-10 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  10. Place on greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown in color.
  11. Serve with desired toppings - nutella, gravy, bananas and peanut butter, strawberries and chocolate and whipped cream (homemade!)

Please let me know what you think of these waffles! What toppings do you love?? If you make this recipe, please tag me on IG @KathyHaan – I’d love to see ’em!

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