Breakfast may be my favorite meal of the day. And waffles are by far one of my favorite breakfast foods. That said, I’m not much of a morning person. I do my best work late at night, which results in me sleeping past the time many have already left for the office. Mornings are lazy around here, perfect for Lazy Morning Belgian Waffles.
I recently got a new waffle maker after my trusty Big Boss Grill bit the dust. I loved that gizmo, it had six sets of plates to make everything from grilled sandwiches to baby donuts. And of course, waffles. When it stopped working and I pulled all of the plates out of the depths of the corner cabinet (you know the one, where bakeware goes to die…), I realized that I really only used it for making waffles. The other options were fun for the first couple of weeks after I bought it, but were rarely used. So this time around, I decided to go with a basic waffle maker.
Then I pondered whether to go with a standard waffle maker or a thicker, Belgian waffle maker. And then I had to decide between square or round. Seriously, there was thousands of waffle maker options. I had no idea! After reading hundreds of reviews, I bought this waffle maker. Basic, Belgian waffles (round) and inexpensive. It’s been put to the task already, as you’ll notice in upcoming recipes. So far it’s been great and takes up far less space than the Big Boss Grill.
All of this waffle talk had me thinking about my quest to find authentic Belgian waffles while in Belgium a few years ago, BGF (before gluten free). I spent three days expecting to find them on a restaurant menu.
I asked one morning at a quaint countryside inn if there would be waffles for breakfast. The lovely hostess gave me a very perplexed look and said, “We don’t have waffles for breakfast here.” I thought she meant here, as in at that particular inn.
The following day, in a small city in western Belgium, I asked at lunch if it would be possible to order waffles. “No, we don’t have waffles for lunch.”‘ I assumed I had missed them, that restaurant must serve them at breakfast. I was about to give up.
The next day we met friends who live in Belgium for a stroll through a street fair and an early dinner. I was so excited, thinking maybe Belgian waffles are like funnel cakes in America, served at fairs and festivals. No. Wrong again. No waffles at that street fair, but some of the best French fries I have ever had. I finally mustered the courage to ask at dinner when exactly I would be eating waffles in Belgium.
It was first suggested to me that I shouldn’t use the word “Belgian” when asking for waffles in Belgium. That is apparently a North American term. Then I was asked if I wanted Stroopwafels, the thin cookie-like waffle confection that is two waffles sandwiched with a caramel filling. I had seen these before, sold in packages in the grocery store. But no, that wasn’t what I was looking for. When I described what I desired, two additional varieties of waffles were revealed to me, light and fluffy yet small Liege-style waffles and dense, yeasty Brussels-style waffles that are larger.
Finally! I had hit the jackpot. Our friends were able to help me in knowing what I should ask for. I knew I had to be on the path to finding the perfect waffle in Belgium, even if they don’t call them Belgian waffles. So here we were, having our early dinner and I felt that I was finally closing in on locating waffles. I was not…
Around the dinner table, it was explained to me that waffles in Belgium are an afternoon snack. Not for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but a SNACK. I was right in hoping to find them at a street fair, as they can often be purchased from street vendors. There are also brick-and-mortar locations that open in the afternoons for waffle snacks. I missed them on that trip, but have since rectified that with a trip that included many afternoon waffles. Hopefully soon I will return and locate gluten-free waffles in Belgium!
My Lazy Morning Belgian Waffles are a cross between Liege-style and Brussels-style waffles. They are light and fluffy like a Liege waffle, but large like a Brussels waffle. While best hot from the waffle iron for breakfast, they do make a delightful afternoon snack drizzled with a bit of honey.
Lazy Morning Belgian Waffles
- 1 Cup Johnna's Favorite Gluten-Free Flour Blend
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon guar gum
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 large eggs , separated
- 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk (or dairy-free milk of your choice)
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or other healthy oil of your choice)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- Fruit and real maple syrup for topping
- non-stick cooking spray
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine gluten-free flour, baking powder, coconut sugar, guar gum and sea salt. Mix to combine.
- Separate four eggs, placing the yolks atop the flour mixture and the whites in a small mixing bowl.
- Using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites until the hold stiff peaks.
- Atop the egg yolks, add the milk. Stir until smooth.
- Add the oil and vanilla bean paste or extract to the mixture. Stir again to combine.
- Gently fold in the egg whites until mixture is combined.
- Preheat waffle iron. Spray with non-stick cooking spray of your choice. I use coconut oil spray.
- Pour batter into waffle maker. My waffle maker requires a generous 3/4 cup of batter per waffle. Close the lid and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. (Time will vary by waffle maker.)
- A tip on knowing when waffles are done in waffle makers: the steam coming from the waffle maker will slow when the waffle is done. In my experience, most Belgian waffles take between 5 and 8 minutes to cook. Just a guideline for your consideration...
- Top with maple syrup and fruit of your choice. Enjoy!
Not a fan of waffles? You might enjoy my Lazy Morning Pancakes for Two, also gluten-free and dairy-free.
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