Belgian-Style Yeast Waffles

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Yield: about 4 Belgian-style (deep-pocket) 7" round waffles

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This classic yeasted waffle recipe produces waffles that are wonderfully crisp outside, and creamy-smooth and moist inside. Even when cooling, they retain their wonderful texture. But don't worry, their flavor is so delightful they won't spend much time on the serving plate!

You can choose to prepare the batter for these waffles and cook it after an hour, but we prefer to let the batter rest overnight in the fridge, where it develops some real depth of flavor, yeasty and rich. As you'll read in the comments below, some readers aren't fond of this "yeasty/fermented" flavor; if you think you might fall into this camp, add 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder to the recipe (in addition to the yeast), and cook after just a 30-minute rest; don't refrigerate overnight.

Belgian-Style Yeast Waffles

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Yield: about 4 Belgian-style (deep-pocket) 7" round waffles
Published: 02/01/2011



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1) Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, leaving room for expansion; the mixture will bubble and grow.

2) Stir to combine; it's OK if the mixture isn't perfectly smooth.

3) Cover with plastic wrap, and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour; the mixture will begin to bubble. You can cook the waffles at this point, or refrigerate the batter overnight to cook waffles the next day.

4) Preheat your waffle iron. Spray with non-stick vegetable oil spray, and pour 2/3 to 3/4 cup batter (or the amount recommended by the manufacturer) onto the center of the iron. Close the lid and bake for the recommended amount of time, until the waffle is golden brown. It takes us 5 to 6 minutes, using our 7" Belgian-style (deep-pocket) waffle iron.

5) Serve immediately, or keep warm in a 200°F oven. Serve with berries and whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: about 4 Belgian-style (deep-pocket) 7" round waffles.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 large waffle Servings Per Batch: 4 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480 Calories from Fat: 190 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 145mg Sodium: 520mg Total Carbohydrate: 60g Dietary Fiber: 2g Sugars: 16g Protein: 14g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.


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  • star rating 05/01/2015
  • Kiya from Atlanta, Ga
  • This was an easy recipe and turned out delicious even though I misread the recipe and used water instead of milk lol.
  • star rating 04/05/2015
  • Chantel from Seaside, CA
  • I was unsure if this recipe would live up to the reviews but it did! I made it exactly except I forgot to let it sit for an hour before putting in the fridge and I used active dry yeast so I let it sit in the warm milk and butter mix for ten minutes before stirring everything together. In the morning it was ready to go. Waffles never come out of my iron crisp but these did. I have a four waffle type so I put 1/3 cup in each square. These waffles were the best even with no toppings. They have a mild maple flavor that is just wonderful and are so fluffy.
  • star rating 03/15/2015
  • Texas Ed from KAF Community
  • I have used Belgian waffle mixes which were ok but were like pancakes with a pattern. This recipe with the yeast and overnight rest turned out to be a real winner. Add in blueberries ,cover with butter and pure maple syrup, and it's won five stars from my panel of experts (9 grandkids) as their favorite breakfast meal.
  • star rating 03/07/2015
  • Amrose from Maryland
  • This was an excellent recipe - I did not put in the maple syrup, and used the 30 minute recipe. I have another recipe that I prefer for just plain syrup, but this waffle would be excellent for topping with fruit, ice cream, etc.
  • star rating 02/21/2015
  • Leslie R from Pittsburgh, PA
  • This is such an easy and delicious recipe! This is now my only waffle recipe! The waffles are so crispy on the outside and soft and light on the inside. We love the yeasty flavors and aroma!
  • star rating 02/16/2015
  • Lori from San Diego, CA
  • This is a good waffle recipe, but not my favorite. I liked the taste but the texture was not as airy as another recipe that I have made before, where the egg whites are whipped separately until frothy and then folded into the batter. My whole family ranks this as the #2 recipe of all the Belgian style waffle recipes I have tried (I recently bought a waffle maker so I have been trying a new recipe every Sunday).
  • star rating 12/19/2014
  • Murphy from Evansville,WI
  • I have made this recipe many times and it makes the best waffles. Use half butter and half vegetable oil for crispier texture. Can also substitute malted milk for maple syrup for sweet and complex flavor.
  • star rating 10/12/2014
  • Brownie79 from KAF Community
  • This is our favorite waffle recipe hands down. My husband who swore he hated waffles devours these. For an extra treat we sometimes make these as a dessert by substituting 1/2 cup flour with dutch cocoa and adding grated orange peel. Wonderful both ways!
  • star rating 09/22/2014
  • Leslie from HI
  • I love this recipe. Every time I ate more than I should. Also, I love maple syrup, so this is just perfect.
  • 09/05/2014
  • Susie from Irvine, CA
  • I love these! I always double the recipe, pour into a gallon pitcher with lid and let it sit on the counter overnight (never had a problem). I know not recommended but if you like a sourdough flavor this will enhance the yeasty sour flavor. I have used whole milk, skim milk, almond milk and buttermilk. Butter, vegetable oil, olive oil and coconut butter. Sugar, stevia, honey and Splenda. All gave great results. I cook enough for the current meal then cook the remaining batter about 2/3 done. Freeze, bag and toast when I want a waffle. Fantastic! Everyone who tries these love them. Even had waffle day at work and hooked a lot of people on these. So easy and delicious.
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