The real Belgian waffle, (gaufre au sucre, gauff‘ au suc, Liege Waffle, Gaufre Liègeoise, or Gaufre de Liège) is a serious treat and unlike what passes for a waffle elsewhere. I had a “Belgian Waffle” at the Maryland Renaissance Faire, which like the Faire was a total disappointment.
First off, Liege Waffles use yeast, unlike regular waffles. The liege waffle recipe dough making process is time consuming, due to the importance of the dough rising perfectly. Also a proper Belgian waffle contains chunks of pearl sugar. This special type of sugar caramelizes on the outside of the waffle when baked. Pearl sugar caramelized on the waffle is what makes a delicious Belgian waffle what it is. The sugar also makes the waffles sweet enough to eat plain.
I’ve tried making them and it is a whole lot easier to just buy them. I used to go to the Belgaufra shops when I lived in Belgium. I’ve been to a few places in other Countries where they do a proper Belgian Waffle.
Of course, one can buy a Belgaufra franchise: there is one in Egypt and even on in Beirut, Lebanon. There is still hope for getting real Belgian Waffles out in the world