When a recipe calls for Belgian pearl sugar, trust only the genuine thing. Pearl sugar has a unique sweetness, taste and density and there’s even a big difference between Belgian and Swedish pearl sugar.
For authentic tasting Liege waffles and European-style baked goods, there simply is no substitute for Belgian pearl sugar. Claims suggesting crushed sugar cubes or granulated sugar heated into clumps are interchangeable with Belgian pearl sugar are deceptive. These substitutes may look similar as they are folded into Liege waffle dough but the taste and texture of the final baked product will not resemble what a recipe promises and what Belgian pearl sugar delivers.
Belgian pearl sugar’s tempered sweetness comes from beets. The do-it-yourself variety of pearl sugar is much sweeter as it is derived from cane sugar. Cane sugar’s elevated sweetness will throw off the flavor balance of recipes that call for pearl sugar.
The proprietary method in which Belgian pearl sugar is made also gives it the pebble-y look and dense texture to withstand high cooking temperatures. Crispy caramelization will not occur with granulated cane sugar or crush cubes, no matter how large the pieces. Without true Belgian pearl sugar, the signature pockets of crispiness in Liege waffle will be absent. True pearl sugar gives waffles, breads, and muffins a fuller body and volume and most importantly, crunch!
Not all sugars are the same. Every sugar has its purpose and use. For authentic European style baked goods, use authentic Belgian pearl sugar in your recipes to achieve the perfect taste, texture and look.
This article title was deceptive. Of course there is no real substitute for pear sugar but if you can’t get pearl sugar by the next morning, what do you do?
The article intends to provide transparency about some of the common DIY methods for pearl sugar and why they aren’t effective.
If you are in immediate need of Waffle Pantry’s Belgian pearl sugar, you may be able to find it through a local distributor. For example, Ben E. Keith in Texas carries our pearl sugar in bulk form for businesses.
We also ship and deliver all of our retail sized orders to you within to business days. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any further questions.
Your Waffle Pantry team