The Best Belgian Waffles (traditional with yeast)

I say these are the BEST because getting here took many tries! These traditional Belgian waffles with yeast are fluffy, delicious, & reliable.
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I say these are the BEST because I have been trying version after version of traditional Belgian waffle recipes over the last few months. A Belgian waffle maker was one of our “splurge” (i.e. nice-to-have, not a need-to-have) items we bought for the Tiny House – we just have a regular waffle iron (i.e. non-Belgian) at home.

The Best Belgian Waffles on 100 Days of Real Food

What is a Traditional Belgian Waffle?

Most any waffle with deep pockets is referred to as Belgian nowadays, but according to Joy of Cooking, “When Belgian waffles were introduced to Americans at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, they were yeast-raised and served with sweetened whipped cream.” So I made it my mission to come up with a traditional Belgian waffle recipe that is fluffy, delicious, and reliable … and here it is!

The Best Belgian Waffles on 100 Days of Real Food

photo of Belgian waffle dough rising - The Best Belgian Waffles on 100 Days of Real Food
I like to mark my plastic wrap with a Sharpie to keep track of where the batter started so I can make sure it’s cooperating (a.k.a. rising) like it’s supposed to.

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  1. I just made these. Didn’t have honey so I substituted 3 tablespoons organic sugar. They are delicious! Light,airy and fluffy

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. I use coconut or almond milk for most of Lisa’s recipes. It should work just fine.

  2. When I try to double this recipe the form does not double the yeast. Wondering why? Do I not need double yeast?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. We’ve not given that a try. My experience has been that Belgians “overflow” in a traditional waffle maker.