Beer. It isn’t just for breakfast anymore. Well, actually maybe it could be. Beer Guy Shane Zeppelin created this modified Belgian waffle recipe and gave it a whirl!
I love Belgian waffles, especially the malted kind. I did some research and found some people added beer to their recipe, so I thought I would try it. Since I was making them for the first time, I wanted to use a beer that was more neutral in flavor, kind of like a pilsner. I didn’t have a Pilsner on hand, but I did have a beer that Greg brought back to me from Wisconsin called Spotted Cow by New Glarus Brewing. This beer imparts a great flavor to the waffles that isn’t overbearing, but still there, and adds to the malty flavor from the Malted Milk Powder.
The waffles turned out great with a golden crisp outer layer and light fluffy middle. I added the standard butter and maple syrup, but you could go with a fruit pie filling and whipped cream if you so desire.
Since Spotted Cow has an ABV of 4.8%, you don’t taste any alcohol in the waffle, but the flavor of the beer comes through. A person could experiment with about any beer they like. I would imagine a Belgian ale of some sort would be even more appropriate.
Here is the recipe for your enjoyment, or you can download a PDF here.
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 c malted powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 c sugar
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/2 c oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- 1-1/4 cup beer (I used New Glarus Spotted Cow)
- Mix dry ingredients, set aside.
- Mix liquid ingredients and egg yolks together.
- Beat egg whites until stiff.
- Form a hallow in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the liquid.
- Whisk from the center to the outer edge of the bowl until dry ingredients are wet, do not overbeat.
- Gently fold in egg whites until batter is airy.
- Place approximately 3/4 cup of batter Bake on Belgian waffle iron, and bake according to iron instructions.
- Yields 8 waffles.
- Golden crunchy outside, light and fluffy inside.
- Enjoy the rest of the bottle of beer while cooking.