Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles are a delicious and indulgent twist on the traditional Belgian Liege waffle. These waffles are made with a dough that is enriched with yeast and sugar pearls, which caramelize when the waffle is cooked. The addition of chocolate and caramel takes this already decadent treat to a whole new level of deliciousness. These waffles are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch, or as a dessert served with ice cream or whipped cream.
Why should you use an waffle maker for Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles?
A waffle maker is essential for making Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles because it allows the dough to cook evenly and gives the waffles their characteristic crispy exterior and soft interior.
The sugar pearls in the dough caramelize and create a crunchy, sweet coating on the waffles when they are cooked in the waffle maker.
Additionally, the waffle maker helps to shape the waffles into the traditional round, grid-like pattern that is associated with Belgian Liege waffles.
Trying to cook this dough on a stove top or oven would not give you the same texture and result in the signature crunchy crust that characterizes Liege waffles.
How to make Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles in waffle maker
Here’s how to make Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles in a waffle maker:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup lukewarm whole milk
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup Belgian pearl sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and active dry yeast.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the lukewarm milk and eggs.
- Add the milk and egg mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix until the dough comes together.
- Add the melted butter to the dough, and mix until well combined.
- Fold in the Belgian pearl sugar, chopped chocolate chips, and caramel sauce until evenly distributed.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and let it rest for at least 1 hour at room temperature.
- Preheat your waffle maker to medium-high heat.
- Divide the dough into 12-16 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a ball.
- Place one ball of dough onto each section of the waffle maker, and close the lid.
- Cook the waffles for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the waffles from the waffle maker, and serve immediately with additional caramel sauce and chocolate chips, if desired.
Enjoy your delicious Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles!
Tips for making Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles in waffle maker
Here are some tips to help you make perfect Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles in your waffle maker:
- Use a good quality waffle maker that heats evenly and has a non-stick surface. This will help ensure that your waffles cook evenly and don’t stick to the waffle maker.
- Make sure your dough is well-rested before cooking. Allowing the dough to rest for at least 1 hour will help the yeast activate and develop the dough’s flavor.
- Don’t overwork the dough. Overworking the dough can cause the sugar pearls to break and make the waffles less crispy.
- Keep an eye on the waffles as they cook. The cooking time can vary depending on your waffle maker, so it’s important to check them frequently to avoid overcooking or undercooking.
- Use a light touch when opening and closing the waffle maker. Avoid pressing down on the lid too hard, as this can cause the waffles to become flattened and lose their characteristic fluffy texture.
- Be careful when adding the caramel sauce and chocolate chips. Wait until the waffles are fully cooked and remove them from the waffle maker before adding toppings. Adding the toppings too soon can cause them to burn and stick to the waffle maker.
- Serve the waffles hot and fresh. These waffles are best enjoyed immediately after cooking, while they are still warm and crispy. If you need to reheat them, use a toaster or oven instead of a microwave to maintain their crispy texture.
Follow these tips, and you’ll have delicious, crispy Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles every time you make them in your waffle maker!
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