In Belgium, waffles are either rectangular or somewhat oval in shape! And there's no such thing as a Belgian waffle! Belgian waffles are actually American waffles! Confused? Read on ...
So, turns out there are 2 types of waffles in Belgium – the Brussels waffle and the sweeter Liège waffle.
So how do you differentiate the two?
Firstly, the shape. The Brussels waffle has a rectangular shape; it is larger, lighter and fluffier with deeper square grooves made from yeast-leavened batter. The Liège waffle is smaller with rounded edges; it is thicker and more doughy with chunks of sugar in the batter that caramelize as it cooks. The result is a more dense, chewy waffle with golden clusters of sugar baked right in.
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Originally showcased in 1958 at Expo 58 in Brussels, Belgian waffles were introduced to North America by a Belgian named Walter Cleyman at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle in 1962, and served with whipped cream and strawberries. The waffles were further popularized in the United States during the 1964 New York World's Fair at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York City. These waffles were introduced by Maurice Vermersch of Brussels, Belgium. Largely based on a simplified recipe for the Brussels waffles, Vermersch decided to change the name to the Bel-Gem Waffle upon observing that many Americans could not correctly identify Brussels as the capital of Belgium.These waffles were served with whipped cream and strawberries, and they were sold for a dollar.
source - wikipedia
Oodles of toppings. Chocolate? Caramel? Nutella? Fresh fruits with whipped cream?
And yes, no maple syrup!!!
More toppings, more money!!
No, Belgians don't have waffles for breakfast! Waffles are eaten around the clock as snacks. They are a popular street food.
Those deep grooves are perfect for holding pools of sauces!!
We tried both the Liège and Brussels and the Liège was the hands-down winner. Personally, I preferred the Liège plain – the toppings overwhelmed the flavor of the waffle. The pearl sugar-studded Liege waffle was perfection itself.