On the list of one’s primary goals in life, discovering unforgettable culinary experiences should hold a high-spot. We are all for new cuisines. However, our sacred Sunday mornings bring with them the sweet promise of a delicious and sugar-loaded breakfast. We, thus, devote most of our Sundays to scrounging the town for the right place that serves authentic Belgium waffles. For years, we gorged on American waffles and considered them to be the epitome of culinary excellence. Our conviction in American Belgian Waffles shattered when we visited Belgium two years ago and for the first time, tried an authentic Belgian waffle.

Tucked cozily between Germany, France, and The Netherlands is the beautiful country of Belgium that has given the world the gift of Belgian waffles, chocolates, and world-famous beers. Belgian waffles are popular world-over. Almost every country in the world has attempted to replicate this Belgian staple and has failed miserably.

In Belgium, the term ‘Belgian waffle’ denotes your ignorance on the topic of waffles. Belgians never eat a ‘Belgian waffle.’ They either ask for a Brussels waffle, a rectangular waffle with square holes loaded with sugary toppings that Americans conveniently refer to as a ‘Belgian Waffle,’ or request for an oval-shaped Liege waffle that melts inside your mouth to release chunks of caramelized sugar. Liege waffles are often served with whipped cream. When in Belgium, it’s vital to get the terminology right.  Get him what he wants (which almost always includes something to do with Star Wars).

The History of Liege Waffles

It is widely believed that the recipe for Liege waffles was concocted by the people of Liege, an incredibly beautiful city in the equally beautiful Wallonia region of Southern Belgium, to impress their Prince-Bishop. Their dedication proved to be a blessing for the generations to come. Liege waffles are made from brioche dough and include half-melted nubs of pearl sugar. Their sugary texture and caramelized base do not need any toppings to elevate their flavor. However, you can choose to add whipped cream or powdered sugar if your sweet tooth needs a fix.

The History of Brussels Waffles

The exact year of birth and the name of the inventor of Belgium Waffles remain unknown. However, history claims that the term ‘Brussels Waffle’ was first mentioned in the written form in the year 1874. However, Brussels Waffles were undoubtedly introduced to the American people by Walter Cleyman in 1962 at the Century 21 Expositionin, also known as the Seattle World Fair. Two years later, Maurice Vermersch, a Belgian from Brussels, further established the status of Brussels Waffle as an Americal favorite. Maurice set up a stall at the New York World’s Fair in Queen’s, New York, and served her waffles with strawberry and whipped cream for just a dollar. Her stall was a huge hit, and so were her waffles. Unlike Liege waffles, Brussels waffles are made from a thin yeast batter and are rectangular with square holes.

The best thing about waffles is that they are a perfect snack for any time of the day. If you are someone who has midnight cravings for waffles, we suggest learning how to make a waffle. Contrary to popular belief, waffles are easy to make. All you need are the right ingredients and the right appliances.

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