All About The Waffle


A cluster of pages about the genuine Belgian waffle, 'gaufre', 'gauffre, and 'wafel' with recipes for Brussels gauffre, Liege gaufre, and links to more wafel recipes ...

Waffles are considered typical of Belgium, which boasts several varieties with somewhat different waffle recipes.

The Belgian waffle (called Brussels waffle in Belgium) is lighter, thicker, and crispier than standard waffles and is often served with ice cream or whipped cream and fresh strawberries, as a dessert.

Belgium waffle recipe collection - directions, ingredients and toppings. Recipes for all types of Belgium waffles: Classic, Brussels, Liege and Flemish waffles.

Belgian Waffle Makers uses deep indentations that give you fluffier waffles that can catch more toppings and syrup. Some models can produce a waffle in a mere minute or two.

There are several types of other popular Waffle Irons that can make different types of waffles. Historically constructed with iron plates, most modern waffle irons are made of a conductive aluminum alloy coated with a non-stick coating others use stainless steel. Models vary according to functionality, shape, and size.

Popular brands to choose from:Villaware Belgian Waffle Makers and Villaware Waffle Irons Oster Waffle Makers Commercial Waffle Irons

How do you choose and Where do you buy your waffle maker? I decided it was time to purchase a waffle maker of my own, and soon discover the over abundance of options available. There are so many products out there - they can make your head spin. Here is a guide I developed to help me make my purchase: The waffle maker buyers guide

Did you know that waffles have been around for thousands of years?

"The ancient Greeks used to cook very flat cakes, which they called obleios, between two hot metal plates. This method of cooking continued to be used in the Middle Ages by the obloyeurs who made all sorts of oublies, which were flat or rolled into coronets. The oublie became the waffle in the 13th century, when a craftsman had the idea of forging some cookie plates reproducing the characteristic pattern of honeycombs, which at that time were called gaufres (from the Old French wafla)."
Larousse Gastronomique, Completely Revised and Updated [Clarkson Potter:New York] 2001 (p. 1285)

The Belgium Waffle History:

• Belgian waffles were created for the 1964 World's Fair in NY. There, Fairgoers were treated to a new creation: the "Bel-Gem Waffle" — a combination of waffle, strawberries and whipped cream.

• The inventor of the Belgian waffle was Maurice Vermersch and his wife:

"Vermersch started making waffles from a recipe of his wife's when living in Belgium before the outbreak of World War II. After serving in the war, he started two restaurants in Belgium before making his World's Fair debut at the Brussels fair in 1960. Business went so well in Brussels that Vermersch and four other families decided to head to New York for the 1964 World's Fair. And when they arrived in Queens, the name of their product was changed from the Brussel Waffle to the Belgian Waffle. The name Belgian waffle was created in New York."

His waffles made memories at the Queens World's Fair," Newsday (Queens edition) August 22, 1989 (p. 21)

Cool Waffle Facts:

• Realizing that most Americans didn't know where Brussels was, within a few days of selling them, Vermersch decided to call them "Belgian Waffles". Well, sort of -- or more precisely "Bel-Gem" waffles.

• In the United States, Waffle Day - Aug. 24 – celebrates the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent in 1869.

• In Sweden, the holiday is called “Vaffeldagen” and it coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation. It is also considered the start of spring in Europe.

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