They say these are the true Belgian waffles. Though I have also heard that what we call Belgian waffles were actually originally called Bel-Gem waffles at the 1964 Worlds Fair, but they were sold by a couple from Brussels and over time the name was changed. (Yay for Wikipedia!) So nothing against American Belgian waffles.
Nerdiness aside, these are delicious waffles and I am now looking to book a flight to Belgium. I had seen recipes for yeasted waffles floating around the internet for a while now. I had even seen recipes for Liege waffles but it wasn’t until Smitten Kitchen posted a version that included a way to make your own pearl sugar that I was willing to commit. We have made them a few times since then. They are really really good. And my breakfast-loving husband is always happy to have breakfast for dinner!
Though with two rising periods these do require a little advanced planning. So so worth it though.