The Belgium waffle recipe collection
The Belgium waffle recipe collection: Here you will find much more then just the directions, ingredients and toppings for a Belgium waffle recipe. Here you find all Recipes for all types of Belgium waffles: Brussels, Liege and Flemish waffles.
I have also included waffle history and details on the culture of eating Waffles in different parts of Belgium - very useful for the uninitiated traveler who wants to fully enjoy a yummy part of what Belgium has to offer.
The Belgian waffle is very popular in Belgium -- it is known to French speakers as the gaufre or gauffre, and to Flemish speakers as the wafel, waffel or suikerwaffel. In Belgium Waffles (crispy outside /soft and moist inside) are not eaten very often as a breakfast dish. But if you ask for them naturally you will get them. Belgians eat waffles as a casual snack food -- something you buy from a bakery or street stand.
Thanks to the miracle of the frozen waffle, mediocre waffles are standard fare in homes across America. But a waffle pulled fresh from a well-seasoned iron, golden and crispy, is another thing altogether.
There is more then one Belgium waffle recipe - simply because there is more then one Belgian waffle.
| || Tools You'll Need for a Belgium waffle recipe.|
• Iron Waffle maker
• measuring cup and spoons
• whisk or hand mixer
• small sauce pan
• large mixing bowl and spoon
• heat safe spatula
The waffle that most North Americans would think of as a Belgian waffle is known in Belgium as gaufre de Bruxelles, "the Brussels waffle".
The Brussels waffle is based on a batter raised with yeast -- as opposed to most North American waffle or pancake batters, which are raised with baking powder. It is rectangular and usually about an inch thick, with fairly deep "dimples". When you buy it on the street or in a shop in Belgium, it usually comes dusted with a little confectioners' sugar / icing sugar, and maybe spread with chocolate or thick whipped cream. But you can also get it piled high with fruit and other goodies.
|Belgium waffle recipe : Brussels Waffles|
• 1 1/2 oz of yeast (40 gram)
• 1 pint of tepid sparkling mineral water (4 dl)
• 1 lb of flour (500 gram)
• a pinch of salt
• 1 pint of tepid milk
• 8 eggs
• 1/2 lb of melted butter
• Dissolve the yeast in tepid water.
• Sift the flour into a bowl and make a hole in the middle.
• Mix the dissolved yeast slowly with the flour, add the salt and the milk.
• Add the egg yolks.
• Whisk the egg whites and scoop them carefully with a slice through the tough.
• Cover the dough and leave it to rise until its volume has doubled (about 15 to 20 minutes).
• Use the oil to grease the waffle iron (which should be very hot) so your waffles don't stick to it and pour the dough in it.
• Bake the until they turn golden brown.
Serve with butter and vanillated sugar or powdered sugar.
You need a bigger waffle iron for this variant. The light structure is due to the use of sparkling water.
The Liège waffle is also known as the Luikse wafel in Vlaamse and as Lütticher waffeln in German.) It's more or less oval - shaped, a thinner and smaller waffle than the Brussels waffle. But it's also more substantial, and has a significant crunch due to the small nuggets of parelsuiker or "pearl sugar" that are added to the batter just before baking. In this Belgium waffle recipe these bits of sugar melt when being baked on the waffle iron and caramelize, producing a sugary crust like what's found on top of a creme brulée.
Belgium waffle recipe : Waffles from Liege
• 1/2 lb of butter (250 gram)
• 1/2 lb of sugar (250 gram)
• 4 eggs
• 1/2 lb of flour (250 gram)
• 1 ounce of vanillated sugar (30 gram)
• 1 spoon of (salad) oil
Warm the butter until it is almost melted. Mix the sugar with it and whisk the eggs, one for one, into the mass.
Mix with the flour and the vanillated sugar, stir vigorously and add the oil. Continue until you have a homogeneous dough.
Grease the waffle iron (which should be very hot) so your waffles don't stick to it and pour the dough in it. Bake the until they turn golden brown.
The Flemish waffle: It depends on where you are in Flanders but there are regional variations which all have their own texture and taste. Worth trying warm with a sprinkle of sugar or for a touch more indulgence, try them with a dollop of cream, hot chocolate or jam sauce. Beautifully light, Flemish waffles make the perfect snack or desert.
Belgium waffle recipe: Flemish Waffles.
• 1 lb of flour (0,5 kg)
• 1 ounce of yeast (25 gram)
• 1 1/2 pint of milk (as liquid) (0,75 liter)
• a pinch of salt
• 4 eggs
• 1 spoon of sugar
• 4 oz of melted dairy butter (125 gram)
Proceed in the same way as for the basic recipe, but use the above ingredients. (for about 20 waffles) Serving and Toppings Ideas for Belgium waffle recipe
Add a bit of brandy or Cognac.
How do you eat Belgian waffles ? According to your taste, of course :) Popular toppings include:
• powdered sugar
• whipped cream
• fresh strawberries
• fresh pears, peeled, diced, and covered with chocolate sauce
• Whipped cream and fruit cocktail
Invite friends over for a waffle party. Set out bowls of various toppings for guests to choose from: Whipped cream, chocolate sauce, butter, fresh or canned fruit, nuts, Bananas, Ice cream, blueberries, cherries, pecans ... or all of the above.
Set out warm waffles as they are cooked and let each person decorate.
Stonewall Kitchen 33-oz. Farmhouse Pancake and Waffle Mix
This pancake and waffle mix was developed by Fred S. Carbon in 1937, a recipe that's been shared among Carbon family members ever since. The mix, made with wheat, cornmeal and malt, is responsible for pancakes and waffles that are wonderfully light and fluffy (the best you'll ever have, according to one Stonewall Kitchen staff person).
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