Toasted Coconut Vegan Liege Waffles (flaxseed version)
These rich, sweet treats are some of the best vegan Liege waffles if you're also craving coconut. Enjoy on their own, or with chocolate or carob syrup drizzled all over them. This version uses ground flaxseed, a variation from the egg replacer version. Makes the equivalent of 4 (7-inch) round Belgian-style waffles. Important: read the tips on vegan Liege waffles first.
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one 1/4-ounce package)
- 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup warm water divided
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegan margarine non-hydrogenated
- 1/2 cup coconut milk not the “light” variety
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup coconut finely shredded unsweetened (macaroon style)
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 to 1 cup Swedish or Belgian pearled sugar or coarsely crushed sugar cubes (see note)
- Begin at least 3 hours in advance of baking the waffles, or 1 1/2 hours in advance if using quick-rise yeast.
- In a large bowl, mix the yeast, 1/3 cup of the warm water, and sugar, and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Add the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and salt, and knead for 2 to 3 minutes until most of the flour is incorporated into a somewhat crumbly ball.
- In a small bowl or cup, soften the margarine in the microwave.
- In another small bowl or cup, whisk the ground flaxseed with the remaining 1/4 cup of warm water.
- Add the margarine, flaxseed-water mix, and shredded coconut to the dough, and mix well.
- Cover the bowl and place it in a warm location until the flour mixture has almost doubled (see note).
- Mix the coconut extract, vanilla extract, and baking powder into the dough thoroughly, breaking up any clumps of baking powder.
- Then fold in the pearled sugar until it’s evenly distributed, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
- Bake roughly half a waffle’s worth of batter at a time, generously spraying the iron with oil prior to each waffle—even if the iron already looks very oily from the waffles, much of it is also melted sugar.
- These waffles harden slightly as they cool. Depending upon your iron, they may take up to a minute less than the manufacturer’s suggested average cooking time. Serve immediately, or allow to cool and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
While the results will be slightly different, you can substitute 3/4 cup to 1 cup of demerara or turbinado sugar. You can use your oven to create a warm spot for the flour mixture to rise. Make sure the oven rack is low enough for the bowl to fit in the oven. Turn the oven on for 1 to 2 minutes at 200 degrees F. (It shouldn’t actually reach 200 degrees, but just warm up slightly.) Turn off the oven, place the covered bowl on the rack, and close the oven door to keep in the warmth. If you wish to let the batter stand overnight, strengthening the yeast flavor, covering the bowl and leaving it at room temperature will work fine.