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Liege waffles: irons

brsmith2 Jun 7, 2013 09:40 AM

Does anyone make liege waffles at home? If so, what waffle maker/iron are you using? Any tips/advice you can share? I know the genuine makers are cast iron and typically cost a lot of money.

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    gnomatic Jun 8, 2013 01:05 AM

    I use a Proctor-Silex Belgium waffle maker to make mini Liege waffles. I put one small ball of dough in each of the four quarters.

    1. JenniferLopez Jun 8, 2013 07:41 AM

      lol....were you watching Wafels&Dinges on Throwndown with Bobby Flay? After that, I felt like making liege waffles but you would need a cast iron waffle iron that weighs AT LEAST 20 lbs. Better ones weigh more. The one Wafels and Dinges used for the Throwdown weighed around 60lbs. Though the one used on the Wafels and Dinges truck probably weighs more. I remember him saying that his waffle irons were made from his old briefcases that he used when he used to work for IBM which I found fascinating. I've never made any as I dont love waffles enough to spend the money on the waffle iron, especially considering the Wafels&Dinges truck stops a few blocks away from where I go grocery shopping. I would look into the VH Liege waffle iron. Its about $800 though and weighs 40lb. A 20lb. one likely costs less and would probably be more reasonable but dont expect the results to be as good.

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        jyang201 Oct 16, 2013 09:54 AM

        I bought this non-electric waffle iron:
        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waffle-Iron-C...

        At only $35 (compared to around $1000 for a Krampouz), you can buy several and make waffles for a crowd!

        It did require re-seasoning (using the Canter Process), as its existing coating was soft and uneven. Other than that, it is perfect for liege waffles.

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          PrinceZuko Oct 16, 2013 11:39 AM

          I disagree about its proficiency as liege waffle iron. In fact, one of the images attached to this product shows how it fails as a liege waffle iron. The pearl sugar did not caramelize AT ALL which is what makes a liege waffle a liege waffle. I looked at their 15 lb prototype and that would have worked better. But at 8 lbs? not a chance. It can still be used for American Belgian wafflers or brussels waffles though.

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            jyang201 Oct 16, 2013 01:37 PM

            True, their sample is all wrong. The sugar is not melted, and why is it on the *outside* of the waffle? I wonder if they added the sugar after the fact, so it would be more noticeable (like the marbles in Campbell's Soup).

            Fortunately, I had more success than they did—the sugar did melt and caramelize. I'll take your word that an 8-pound iron is insufficient to produce the real deal. Still, the waffles came out very well, if not authentic.

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              JasonDent Oct 18, 2013 01:44 PM

              looks like it did caramelize and then they put on extra after.

              Look more closely.

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                jyang201 Oct 18, 2013 02:17 PM

                I asked the manufacturer if he had any of the 15-lb irons for sale.

                "No way the thing is way too heavy!!!! Lol Actually both cook the same. We didn't change the thickness in the waffle area just the handle and cleaned the angles and radiuses up."

            2. JeffW Feb 6, 2014 06:26 PM

              Yesterday my "FriFri" Liege waffle iron arrived from Belgium. Google this company, and supposedly (for home use) this is the most popular Liege waffle iron in Europe. Anyway, this company has just begun doing business in the U.S., for the first time in 50 years. I paid approximately $179. It left Belgium on Monday, and arrived Wednesday! What a small planet we live on. Below is the website where you can check out the waffle maker. I'll be trying it out within the next couple of days....now to nail a Liege recipe! I've already purchased the pearl sugar.
              Cheers,
              Jeff

              http://www.croquade-shop.com/en/

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