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Waffle with ice cream and whipped cream (IJssa...

Waffle with ice cream and whipped cream (IJssalon Van Hecke, Antwerp, Belgium). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Waffles have been an important part of the Belgian diet for centuries. Most waffles are served warm by street vendors and dusted with confectioner’s sugar though in tourist areas they might be topped with whipped cream, soft fruit or chocolate spread, they are a snack or a dessert and  are not eaten for breakfast. There are two types of waffles or gauffres the Brussels and the Liege waffle.

The Brussels is rectangular in shape with a light golden-brown exterior and deep divots

The Liege was invented by the chef of the prince-bishop of Liège in the 18th century, it is made with chunks of sugar, which caramelize and form a crispy, crunchy coating. The Liege Waffle is the most common type of waffle on the street available in Belgium and is prepared in plain, vanilla and cinnamon.

Roald Smeets