Waffle Window Party

Do you have a favorite unique local place you love to eat?

My friend Richard lived in Portland, Oregon for a time and fell in love with a place called The Waffle Window. Being the foodie that I am I longed for the chance to try the sweet and savory waffles he would describe to me. Seeing as how I don’t think I’ll be able to get to Portland any time soon, I decided to bring the Waffle Window experience to my own backyard.

Waffle Window Party

I kept things pretty casual because The Waffle Window is exactly how it sounds. There’s not fancy indoor seating or even plates. Orders are taken to go or eaten right outside. I adore any reason to sit on my deck and this was the perfect day to do it. It was overcast without raining and a comfortable temperature.

Waffle Window Party

The Waffle Window offers a unique variety of toppings to their already unique Liege style waffles. Liege waffles use Belgian pearl sugar to create a super sweet, crunchy waffle unlike any you’ve ever had. I love a crunchy waffle and this was hands down the easiest, most delicious way I’ve ever found to achieve it. The giant pearls of sugar melt and crystalize as the waffle cooks creating pockets of crunchy sweetness. With the topping selection being so extensive I decided to narrow it down to three options for our party and recreated The Three B’s, The Whole Farm, and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Waffle.

Belgian Pearl Sugar

The waffle dough is uniquely thick and sticky. I doubled the recipe to feed a crowd. It starts with a yeast rise.

Waffle Dough

Risen.

Risen Waffle Dough

After that the sugar pearls are mixed in and balls of dough are placed on a hot waffle iron. You don’t need to fill your machine as much as if you’re making regular waffles because these are so thick and satisfying.

After just a few minutes you have a waffle ready for toppings or tasty enough to be eaten plain. Be warned! Melted sugar is hot and you should probably wait a few minutes before taking a bite.

Waffle Bite

Liege Waffles

Ingredients

1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/3 cup lukewarm water (100 - 110ºF)

1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

3 eggs

1 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup Belgian pearl sugar

In a small bowl combine yeast, water, sugar and salt and let rest for 15 minutes. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place the flour and make a well in the center. Pour the yeast mixture into the well and mix on medium speed until well blended. One at a time, add the eggs, then the butter a little bit at a time, and the vanilla, mixing well after each addition. The batter will be thick and very sticky.

Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Gently fold in the pearl sugar and let the dough rest for another 15 minutes.

While the dough is resting, preheat your waffle iron. Scoop a 2 inch ball of dough onto the center of each section in the iron. Bake 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.

Adapted from Whipped

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The Whole Farm

The first waffle I made was The Whole Farm. A myriad of toppings create a towering feast guaranteed to satisfy.

The Whole Farm

Ingredients

1 Liege Waffle

2 strips black pepper bacon

5 white button mushrooms, sliced

1/4 spinach loosely packed

Several strips of roasted red pepper, drained

3 cherry tomatoes, halved

One slice sundried tomato basil chevre (goat cheese)

Diced chives (optional)

In a preheated 400ºF oven, bake bacon on a baking sheet until crisp, about 15 minutes.

In a small skillet over medium heat melt 1/2 Tablespoon butter. Swirl in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. When hot add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and dark, about 10 minutes.

Place the mushrooms on top of the waffle. Add the spinach, red pepper, tomatoes, bacon, and chevre. Sprinkle with chives, if desired.

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Three B's Vegetarian Waffle

Next came the vegetarian version of The Three B’s. The B’s are usually bacon, brie, and basil. Tomatoes were swapped in for the bacon and peach jam was served on the side, as you would find at the actual Waffle Window.

Three B's Waffle

I also made myself an authentic Three B’s with the bacon on it. I couldn’t believe how well this surprising flavor combination worked.

The Three B's

Ingredients

1 Liege Waffle

3 strips black pepper bacon

4 slices brie cheese

3 basil leaves, torn or left whole

4 cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)

Peach jam

In a preheated 400ºF oven, bake bacon on a baking sheet until crisp, about 15 minutes.

On the waffle, layer brie, bacon and basil. Serve with peach jam on the side. If desired, replace the bacon with tomatoes.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Waffle

 

It was a very difficult choice as to which dessert waffle I wanted to make, but in the end I definitely chose wisely. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Waffle was out of this world. I have to admit I also tried a bit of waffle with brie and chocolate on it and it was sensational.

Scharffen Berger Chocolate

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Waffle

Ingredients

1 Liege Waffle

1 Tablespoon peanut butter

1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted

Spread peanut butter on the waffle. Drizzle with chocolate.

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My husband is obsessed with his french press and used it about six times today. We always choose a local brand of coffee.

Coulee Coffee

Waffle Window Party

I enjoyed finding local gems for a lot of the ingredients I used for the party.

I got my black pepper bacon from a meat market down the street from the house I grew up in. They source local livestock and do the processing in house.

Holmen Meat Locker Bacon

Not being much of a canner myself, I purchased a peach jam that didn’t have to travel far to reach my belly.

Rose Cottage Peach Jam

Basil doesn’t get any more local than the pot that sits on my deck.

Herb Pot

My daughter, licking pepper off her fingers after ingesting many strips of bacon.

Lola

My son’s chubby little baby fingers, coated in sugar waffles.

Baby Sugar Waffle Fingers

I want to give a huge thanks to Foodbuzz for selecting this party for their 24×24. Truth be told I would have held this party whether they accepted me or not because these waffles were just begging to be eaten!

Waffle Window Party

Waffle Window Party

Eating

Comments

  1. DB-The Foodie Stuntman says

    I like the whole farm waffle. Sounds delicious, and congratulations for being selected to host a foodbuzz 24X24 party!

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