Bruge, Belgium Canal, April 2006
In the Ancient City of Brugges, Belgium, April 2006
The World of Waffles!
Waffles have been an important part of the Belgian diet for centuries and can only be experienced in their natural habitat. That is because the authentic Belgian waffle is baked upon special waffle irons, unavailable outside of Belgium. These cooking implements give Belgian waffles the signature crunchy-golden outside and fluffy inside.
In Belgium there are two types of waffles, or gauffres as Belgians say; the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle. The Brussels is rectangular in shape with a golden-brown exterior, deep divots and is usually eaten with a knife and fork. Brussels waffles are served with a variety of toppings such as powdered sugar, whipped cream, ice cream, strawberries and chocolate. The Liege waffle is golden-yellow, more dense in texture and has a burned sugar coating on the outside giving it a lightly sweet flavor. The Liege is the hand-held waffle sold by street vendors all over Belgium.
If you cannot travel to Belgium for Sunday morning waffles, this is a great substitute for your kitchen: Belgian Waffle Maker