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Recipe: Liège Waffles

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Liège Waffles

I don’t know many people who don’t like waffles. But if you’re making your waffles from pancake batter, you’re missing out.

Liège Waffles use yeast in the batter as well as pearl sugar to give them a nice texture. This waffles are crisp, yeasty, fluffy and crunchy.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • 2 TBSP light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • t TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pearl sugar

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together water, brown sugar and yeast. Let stand about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Create a well and pour in yeast mixture. Mix together all ingredients until a lumpy batter begins to form.
  3. Add the eggs (one at a time) and keep mixing to produce a batter.
  4. Mix in the vanilla and melted butter gradually until smooth. The batter should be thick.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp rag (or plastic wrap) and let sit for 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Stir the pearl sugar into the risen batter. Cover again and let rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 200F. Also preheat your waffle iron to medium-high.
  8. Brush the waffle iron with melted butter (you can also use non-stick cooking spray).
  9. Use two heaping tablespoons of the batter for each waffle, cooking until golden-brown and crisp.
  10. Transfer the waffles to a plate and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.

These waffles do take some time in the preparation department, but they’re worth it. They’ll wow breakfast guests.

Pearl sugar may be difficult to find in your local grocery store so I recommend heading over to Amazon.com. If you don’t want to buy pear sugar, you can coarsely chop up some sugar cubes as a substitute.

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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Breakfast, Cookin', Recipes

 

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Review: Saus (Boston)

Saus' Sign

Saus' Sign

Waffles. Fries. Two things pretty much irresistible to a food. So when I heard of Saus, a place in Boston specializing in both, I had to visit. Saus is located just steps from Quincy Market so it should benefit from a lot of foot traffic. When my friend and I went it was empty so we had plenty of time to peruse the menu and decide what we wanted.

We ordered a regular-sized order of fries to split. In addition to the fries, Saus offers roughly 15 to 20 dipping sauces. We decided to try four: Bacon Parm (bacon and parmesan), Samurai Sauce (Sriracha mayo), Truffle Ketchup and Vampire Slayer (roasted garlic mayo). All of the fries and waffles are made to order, so once we placed our order, the potatoes went into the fryer. They came out hot, golden and crispy.

Fries at Saus

The Fries and Sauces

Were they the best fries I’ve ever had? Probably not, but they were still worth ordering. What really made the difference is the sauces. It’s clear to me that the brains behind Saus took the time to test sauces in deciding what would pair with fries. My two favorite sauces of the night were the Samurai and the Bacon Parm, but they were all good.

After most of our fries were out of the way, our waffles came out piping hot. Saus offers four different waffle toppings (Salted Caramel, Homemade Nutella, Lemon Cream and Berry Berry) and a seasonal topping (when I visited it was Harvest Apple). Since we ordered two waffles, we chose Salted Caramel and the Homemade Nutella. What makes Saus’ waffles insanely delicious is the fact that they use pearl sugar. It really gives the waffles a nice crunch that doesn’t just come from the golden brown waffle itself.

The Homemade Nutella waffle was quite tasty, but Saus’ Nutella has nothing on the real thing. It doesn’t have quite the same chocolate/hazelnut ratio or the consistency of Nutella.

Waffles at Saus

Salted Caramel (top) and Nutella Waffles (bottom)

I will say that the Salted Caramel waffle is one of the best waffles I’ve ever had (sorry, Waffle House Pecan Waffle). The sweet/salty flavor profile has always been one of my favorites and Saus’ salted caramel topping is perfection. One of my biggest pet peeves is when salted caramel isn’t right. Thankfully, Saus got it 100% right.

To me, Saus is street food under a roof. But it’s damn good street food. They have late night hours on the weekend and I can’t imagine the fries and waffles don’t make for some great drunk food. I enjoyed my trip to Saus so much, I wanted to go back, but ran out of time. Add it to your list next time you’re in Boston, it’s already on mine…again.

Saus is steps away from Boston’s Quincy Market at 33 Union Street. The hours vary so visit Saus’ website for details.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Eatin'

 

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