Last year, when I was trying to cut down the amount of refined sugar that I was eating, I made these Refined Sugar Free Liege Waffles. They were good, in a refined sugar free kind of way, but waffles really need sugar, don’t they? These Nutella Stuffed Waffles have the caramelized crunch of a Liege Waffle as they contain pearl sugar but are also oozing with melted Nutella. How great is that! They are a bit of a sugar overload but they’re a real treat. I had one (or maybe it was two 😉) for breakfast yesterday which just happened to be National Nutella Day.
Proper Liege waffles contain Belgian pearl sugar. The pearl sugar creates a sweet crunchy bite throughout the waffle and they caramelize on the surface to turn the waffles a gorgeous golden brown. Pearl sugar can be a bit difficult to get hold of. You can find it on Amazon or in specialist online stores but I have yet to find it in supermarkets in the UK or USA. I picked up the sugar for these waffles from a supermarket when I was last in France and I am so pleased that I did. I just wish I had brought more of it. Oh well, a good excuse to go back to France soon!
I have seen some online tutorials for making pearl sugar but to be perfectly honest I am yet to be successful in making my own. Maybe I just don’t have the patience.
Even though getting your hands on pearl sugar might be a bit difficult, do persevere as it really is worth it. The crystal sugar turns a standard waffle into a crunchy caramelized piece of heaven! They don’t really need any embellishment but stuffing them full of Nutella was something I wanted to try and I am so pleased that I did! Wow, totally decadent but worth doing if you are wanting to spoil yourself 😍
It is pretty unlikely that you will eat all 16 waffles in one sitting (I would think!) but they freeze very well. I would suggest that you freeze any left overs as soon as possible and then you can take them out one by one when you want a treat. Defrost them and then warm them up in a moderate oven for best results.