While waffles are easily available across the globe today, the mind usually thinks of Belgian waffles when the name is mentioned. So how did this association between a dessert and a country happen? What was the basis of this connection, and how are the present-day waffles different from the supposedly original ones? That would simply require you to dig further and make some at home.
It is believed that the precursors to waffles were flat cakes made by the ancient Greeks, which had a religious connotation attached to them. It is said that the cakes would often have impressions of scenes from the Bible plastered on them, giving out sacred, holy messages to locals. However, with time, waffles became a sweet treat, and butter and sugar became the mainstays of their recipe.
The origin of waffles can be traced back to the time when Prince Bishop, from a city in Belgium called Liege, ordered his cooks to create a sugar-loaded pastry. That’s how waffles came into being. While those were made with pearl sugar in the 18th century, Americans began calling them Belgian waffles.
Popularized at a world fair held in the 20th century, Belgian waffles were initially known as Brussels waffles. It was only when Walter Cleyman brought them to Seattle and introduced them to the Americans that they began to be called Belgian waffles. The uniqueness of these waffles lies in the minimal toppings used for them, i.e., sliced strawberries and whipped cream.
Here’s how you can make them at home too.
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups of milk
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
• 4-5 Strawberries
• Whipped cream
• Begin by mixing all the dry ingredients, like flour, baking powder, and sugar, in a bowl.
• Meanwhile, separate the egg whites from the yolk and whisk the yolks until peaks are formed.
• Next, add your egg yolks to a bowl and pour milk, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil into it.
• Combine it well and throw it in the dry ingredient bowl.
• Once it mixes well, slowly pour the whisked egg whites. This helps make waffles airy and fluffy.
• Take a waffle iron and preheat it. Grease it with oil and pour the waffle batter slowly.
• Cook for 4-6 minutes until crispy and take out.
• Top with whipped cream and strawberries and enjoy.