Special equipment: a waffle press
Pour the yeast and granulated sugar over the milk in a bowl. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to become creamy, 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk the butter, vanilla and eggs into the yeast mixture until evenly blended; set aside.
Stir together the flour and salt in a separate large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir together until a dough forms. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F) until doubled in volume, 25 to 35 minutes. Mix in the pearl sugar.
Press golf-ball-sized (or your desired size) amounts of dough into a waffle iron and cook until golden brown (or according to the manufacturer's instructions).
You can find pearl sugar online.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Moojo, Austin, TX