And to throw in another cliché – a picture tells a thousand words.
So let’s look at a Belgian Waffle.
And now a Regular Waffle.
A connoisseur of waffles or food in general will see the differences immediately, so if you didn’t don’t stress. The test is also in the tasting, which we will get to in a bit.
What are the differences between Belgian Waffle vs. Regular Waffle?
The pockets, basically. Belgian Waffles are made in a waffle iron, which has a deeper grid pattern. This way the Belgian Waffle can hold gooier, stickier syrup and melting ice cream. Regular, American-style waffles have shallower square pockets.
Another vital difference between Belgian and Regular Waffles is that Belgian batter is made differently, which gives it that end-result crispier finish. Let us explore the batter recipes that make these two waffle styles different.
Belgian Waffle Classic Recipe
- 2 cups cake flour
- 2 Teaspoons baking powder
- ½ Teaspoons salt
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups milk
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat waffle iron – use deep seated waffle type
- Take a large bowl and mix together sifted flour, baking powder and salt
- Take a second bowl beat together egg yolks and sugar
- Beat till sugar dissolved and egg is pale yellow in color
- Add vanilla extract, melted butter and milk – whisk
- Mix egg and flour mix together but don’t over-mix
- Take a third bowl and whisk up egg whites – preferably with an electric beater – till egg whites form peaks
- Using a spatula gently fold the egg whites into the other mixture – again do not over-mix
- Spray non-stick spray over waffle iron grid
- Spoon waffle mix onto waffle grid, enough to just to the top
- Cook till brown and extra crispy (remember the pockets are deeper and will need a little extra cooking than a regular waffle iron)
- Serve immediately
- Toppings can range from syrup, ice cream, spices, cheese, berries and even chopped bananas
Regular or American-Style Classic Recipe
This is one of our favorites at Homewares Insider and you can thank us later when you find these delicious waffles massaging your taste buds all morning!
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 4 Teaspoons baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups warm milk
- ? cup butter, melted
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- Take a large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together
- Set to one side
- Preheat waffle iron
- Take another smaller bowl and beat eggs together
- Pour milk, butter and vanilla extract into egg mix
- Pour milk mixture into the flour mixture
- Beat till mixed well
- Pour a little of mixture into the waffle iron
- Cook till brown and crisp
- Serve with either syrup or ice cream or both
- Additional toppings like strawberries, blackberries, cinnamon and sugar are also good
While there are subtle differences in the ingredients and method of mixing them, these differences produce a particular waffle result. Both are delicious but the Belgian waffle is a little bit thicker, a little bit more filling and a little bit richer. Choose your fave and enjoy!