|Pulled Pork & Waffles with Homemade Maple Pearl Sugar "Liege-Style" Waffles,|
Pulled Pork, Jack Daniels Syrup, & Cinnamon Butter
|"Liege-Style" Waffle Batter with Homemade Maple Pearl Sugar... |
Can you see how thick the batter is and all of the little maple pearls?
|Before the Drizzle of Jack Daniels Syrup|
|Oh baby, it's all good n' soaked now :)|
For the Cinnamon Butter:
1 Stick of Butter, Softened
3T Brown Sugar
For the Homemade Maple Pearl Sugar:
4t High Quality Maple Syrup
For the “Liege-Style” Waffles:
1 Package of Active Dry Yeast
1/3C Lukewarm Water
2C AP Flour (or bread flour could be used as well)
1C Melted Butter
Pinch of Cinnamon
1C Homemade Maple Pearl Sugar
For the Jack Daniels Syrup:
1C Pure Maple Syrup (good quality & high grade)
½C Jack Daniels Whiskey
1-2T Brown Sugar
¼t Chili Powder
Pinch of Salt or To Taste
4T Unsalted Butter, Cut into Tabs
For the Pulled Pork & Waffles:
Prepared Cinnamon Butter, Softened
Homemade Maple Pearl Sugar
Pulled Pork, Warmed
Prepared Jack Daniels Syrup, Warmed
1. For the Cinnamon Butter: Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth, then slowly add in the cinnamon and beat until combined. Chill until ready to serve.
2. For the Homemade Maple Pearl Sugar: Mix the sugar with the maple syrup in a bowl until well combined and it resembles damp sand. Line a baking sheet with a silpat and dump the sugar out onto the pan. Firmly press the sugar into a compact rectangle and let it dry completely over night or until the sugar is extremely hard and lacks any moisture. Roughly chop the maple sugar into pearl-sized shapes. Measure out 1C of the pearls and set aside.
3. For the “Liege Style” Waffles: Mix the yeast, water, sugar and salt in a bowl and let it develop or sit for 15 minutes. Place the flour in a separate large mixing bowl (we use the bowl of our kitchen aid stand mixer) and make a well in the center of the flour. Pour the yeast mixture into the well and mix until blended on medium speed (we use the paddle in our kitchen aid mixer). Add the eggs (one at a time), melted butter a bit at a time, and the vanilla and cinnamon. Be sure to mix well after each addition to the batter. Keep in mind the batter will be thick and VERY sticky (this is normal). Remove the bowl from the mixer and let the dough rest until it doubles in volume inside the bowl. (About 1 hour) Gently fold in the pearl sugar and let the dough rest for 15 more minutes. While the dough is resting, heat the waffle iron. Spoon about a 2″ ball of dough into the center of the waffle iron (this should yield a waffle that is about 4″ in diameter). I know that sounds small, but these rich waffles pack quite a punch. Waffles will take about 5 minutes to cook (we set our waffle maker to level 4, but you might have to play around with it to get it to your liking).
4. For the Jack Daniels Syrup: Heat the maple syrup over low heat in a medium saucepan. Add in the Jack Daniels, vanilla, brown sugar, chili powder, and salt, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the whiskey infuses the syrup and it thickens slightly. Whisk in 4T of Butter or until thoroughly combined. Keep warm until ready to pour over the waffles.
5. Assembling the Pulled Pork & Waffles: Place one of the “Liege Style” Waffles in the center of the plate and spread with some of the softened cinnamon butter. Stack some warmed pulled pork on top and repeat with more waffles, butter, and pulled pork. Finish the waffles off with a heavy drizzle of the warmed Jack Daniels Syrup.
source: liege waffles.