Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Belgian Waffles

I found this recipe on The Kitchn, labeled under The Best Waffle You'll Ever Eat. I think that my roommates and I would agree that is correct. The waffles serve better as a dessert or a sweet snack since they are pretty decadent! Making these waffles also creates a mess in the waffle iron since the key to sucessful waffles is for the sugars to caramelize on the outside. On the plus side, it smells delicious and once the sugar hardens, you have candy! Also, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature to avoid deactivating the yeast.

6 tablespoons warm almond milk 
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 

2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 medium egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at slightly cooler than room temperature
140 grams turbinado sugar (about 3/4 cup)

Mix the almond milk, 1/2 tsp sugar, and yeast in a small bowl together. Set aside for 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients. You're looking for the mixture to get nice and foamy.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the spelt flour, cinnamon, and salt together. Make a well in the center and add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and yeast mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until no flour streaks remain since the mixture will be pretty thick.
Cover the mixing bowl with a wet dishtowel and set in a warm place for the dough to rise, about 1/2 hour to 1 hour. You could also let it rise overnight so the dough is ready for brunch. Just let the dough come to room temperature before continuing on to the next step in the recipe.
Cube the butter and beat in the cubes piece by piece with a mixing spoon. The butter does not have to be fully incorporated. What you want is kind of a swirled effect. Then mix in the turbinado sugar just until spread throughout the dough. Separate the dough into about 12-14 pieces and set aside for 15 minutes. Heat up the waffle iron and cook each waffle until golden brown and crispy. Take care not to let the sugar burn. Some waffle irons run really hot. If this is happening, after you place the dough in the waffle iron, just unplug it for each waffle.
Set the waffles that are done on a cooling rack so they crisp up nicely. You could also put them directly in the oven to keep warm at 200 degrees until they are all done.
Serve with some speculoos, ice cream, or homemade chocolate sauce! Look you can see the crispy goodness up close:

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