One of my favorite things to do (besides thrifting) is to experiment and try out new recipes in the kitchen (just another way of DIYing). A couple of weeks ago, I headed to our local Farmer’s Market with my boys. While there, we stopped by The Belgian Waffle food truck and got Liege Waffles. I wasn’t sure exactly why they were called “Liege Waffles” then I took my first bite. Holy sweet crunchy-soft goodness.
As we continued to walk the market, I asked each one of them for bites of their waffles (luckily they obliged). As soon as I got home I started to look up recipes. Apparently what made the waffles so crunchy was clusters of sugar called Pearl Sugar. From the recipes, I found it appeared I had to buy the sugar from a site or try my luck and find it in my local grocery store. I was impatient and did not want to wait for something to be shipped (or pay the $13 for a bag a sugar) and I had no desire to waste my time going from store to store trying to find some. So I did what I do best, I DIYed my own Pearl Sugar. And it’s quite easy: place a small pot on the lowest heat setting on your stove, add ¾ cup of sugar and 1 TBSP of water. Stir the contents off and on for 30 minutes until the sugar starts to clump together. Once this happens, your sugar is ready to be used.
The recipe I used to make the waffles can be found on Food and Wine.
It’s suggested to use a cast-iron waffle but I used my non-stick waffle iron (without adding butter) and it worked just fine. But now I feel like I need a cast-iron waffle maker so I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open when browsing the appliances at my local Goodwill.
When it comes to cooking, how DIY are you willing to get? Do you make sure you have the exact items needed or are you willing to try an alternative?