The waffle most people are accustomed to is the American-style waffle but for the real waffle connoisseur they know the real waffles are from Belgium. There are a few differences between the American-style waffle and Belgian waffles.
First of all, there are two kind of Belgian waffles. One is the Liege waffle and the other is the Brussels waffle. But what is the difference between the two?
The former is made using a dough that contains Belgian pearl sugar, this waffle has a distinctive irregular shape, it's denser and has some caramelised areas thanks to the pearl sugar. The production process is also completely different, since it’s a dough it needs to rest for hours at different step of the process before it’s ready to be baked.
The Brussels waffle on the other hand is made using a batter, it’s lighter and crispier than your everyday waffles, it's also larger than the Liege waffle. You can recognise it by its completely rectangular and perfectly shaped square holes. The Brussels waffle is usually sprinkled with icing sugar unlike the Liege waffle that is mixed with pearl sugar.