Special equipment: a heavy-duty cast-iron waffle maker
Dilute the yeast in a bowl with the milk. Stir in half of the flour and the eggs. Let rest for 20 minutes.
Add the remaining flour and the butter, white sugar and salt. Using a stand mixer, food processor or by hand, knead the dough until it is homogeneous and smooth. Add the pearl sugar and mix again until it is integrated into the dough.
Divide the dough into about 12 balls, each weighing 120 grams (for large waffles) or about 19 balls, weighing 80 grams each (for medium-sized waffles). Place on a floured surface and roll the dough. Cover with a towel and let rest for 40 minutes.
Preheat a heavy-duty cast-iron waffle maker to 180 degrees C (356 degrees F).
Cook the dough until golden brown, about 3 minutes (cooking time may vary depending on your waffle iron).
Serve plain or with toppings, such as gelato, fresh fruit and whipped cream. The waffles can be stored in a dry, airtight container.
Pearl sugar is a specialty sugar made from sugar beets and is the key ingredient to the success of these waffles. It can be found in specialty stores or online at lewaf.com. To personalize this recipe, you can add different ingredients to the dough, such as vanilla, chocolate chips, cinnamon or rum raisins.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Courtesy of Euro Snack, Lake Tahoe, CA