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True Belgian Waffles

It was on a visit to my husband's relatives in Europe that I was given this Belgian waffle recipe. These homemade waffles are great with any kind of topping: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, fried apples, powdered sugar or whipped topping. —Rose Delemeester, St. Charles, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 waffles (about 4-1/2 inches)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sliced fresh strawberries or syrup

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  • Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions until golden brown. Serve with strawberries or syrup.

True Belgian Waffles Tips

Is pancake and waffle mix the same?

Pancake mix and waffle mix are very similar, but not quite the same. Waffle mix tends to incorporate more fat (butter and/or oils) than pancake mix. Sometimes, waffles also depend on baking powder for “lift” to get that fluffy interior, while pancakes usually rely on whipped egg whites incorporated into the batter to help them rise.

Why aren't my waffles crispy?

Soggy, softer waffles typically happen when the waffle iron isn't heated to a high enough temperature. Always make sure your waffle iron is good and hot before adding your batter. To test the heat, drop a small bit of batter on the iron—it should sizzle and start to cook upon contact. Once you've attained a crispy waffle, top them off with our favorite waffle toppings.

What's the difference between a standard waffle and a Belgian waffle?

It’s all in the appearance! A Belgian waffle is thicker and has fewer, but deeper, indentations—hello, big, beautiful pools of syrup!—than a standard waffle, like our easy morning waffles, and usually requires a different waffle iron that is specifically made to create Belgian waffles.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 696 calories, 41g fat (25g saturated fat), 193mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Lindsay
    Apr 12, 2021

    I really like this recipe. It's a sweet and soft waffle. That's what I like. I don't take the time to separate the eggs and they turn out great. I tried substituting oil for the butter and they were not good. Make sure the butter is totally melted when adding to the mix. The butter will melt everywhere, I put a big cookie sheet under my waffle maker for easy cleanup. This is the recipe I goto when we want waffles. Yummy

  • Tricia
    Apr 12, 2021

    This is one of the worst recipes I've ever made. First of all there was too much sugar in it and they were too sweet. But even more troublesome was the amount of butter in it, which caused a huge mess. I was very suspicious when I read "1 cup of butter" ... but trusted the recipe was correct. I have 2 waffle makers and they were both sitting in a pool of butter on the counter because the butter leaked out of the batter while it was cooking. The cleanup took a very long time. It completely ruined our supper with guests and was so embarrassing. In order to have something to eat we had to make French toast instead. Horrible recipe – my advice would be "don't make it". This recipe should be taken off the site.

  • Ali
    Apr 10, 2021

    They’re really cake-like. They’re not what I would define as a Belgian waffle, pretty disappointed

  • Ingeri
    Mar 19, 2021

    Thank you Patty!!

  • Patty
    Mar 1, 2021

    Ingeri, I found this additional steps for directions on another Belgian waffle recipe so I this one is just missing a step. Of course, I'm just guessing but they were delicious. Thanks for mentioning it or I wouldn't have look. :). In a separate medium bowl mix together the egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the egg whites. Cheers!

  • Katherine
    Jan 10, 2021

    The best belgian waffle my family have ever had!!! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Love it!!!

  • Melissa
    Jan 1, 2021

    I made these waffles for New Year's Day breakfast. They were excellent but too sweet for my liking. Otherwise a big hit!

  • Justin
    Dec 22, 2020

    A lot of people are saying that 2 cup of butter is too much but it is not too much and here is why. If you ever go to France or Belgium and order an authentic belgian waffle they use 1 cup of butter in the waffles because that is how it has always been since belgian waffles during the 1800s but we're called liége waffles. And these are perfect belgian waffles

  • Jan
    Sep 20, 2020

    A cup of butter is way too much, this recipe is overly sweet and overly taste like baking soda.

  • Lonnie
    Sep 20, 2020

    Well look at that right in the ingredients list. one cup of melted butter.