To the naked eye, the differences between a Belgian waffle and a regular (traditional) waffle may be hard to distinguish, but a true waffle connoisseur can detect the differences with a mere glance.HISTORY OF WAFFLES
To gain a little insight into the mystery of waffles, they were first introduced by Walter Clayman at Expo 58 in Brussels, Belgium in 1958. Served with fresh cream and strawberries, they were a huge sensation and found their way into 1964 New York City World Fair. Belgium waffles were capitalized upon by Maurice Vermersch as Bel-Gem Waffle and were sold for one dollar.
Belgians waffles are very popular in North American and Europe. When compared to a regular waffle, it is prepared with a lighter batter, is larger in size and has deeper squares. On the other hand, traditional waffles (regular) are made with a thicker batter. Belgium waffles are made with yeast as opposed to waffles eaten in North America, which are prepared with baking powder.
Belgium waffles are topped with a variety of toppings such as powdered sugar, fruit and chocolate. In North America, they are often served as a dessert with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Since Belgium waffles have deeper pockets, it makes them a fantastic choice for holding syrup if you are a fan. The texture is considerably lighter and more crisp than traditional waffles.
- To prepare a Belgian waffle, you need a waffle iron that has a deep grid pattern. The recipe itself is pretty simple. All you need is flour, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla, as well as yeast. If you do not have yeast, you substitute it with beaten egg whites.
- Heat one cup of milk until tepid and add the yeast. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
- Melt your butter.
- Seperate your eggs and beats the white until fluffy.
- Mix the flour, vanilla, melted butter, yeast and egg yolks together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the egg whites and mix.
- Allow this to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Be sure to coat your waffle iron with a nonstick agent.
- Pour the batter into the waffle iron and bake until golden brown.All in all, you will find some people who say there is no difference between the two types of waffles. On the contrary, you can also find people who are firm believers that there is a dramatic difference and stand behind the Belgium waffle 100 percent. Both are equally delicious no matter which way you top them!