It’s a shame Brussels is a city often overlooked. There’s more to Brussels than Euro bureaucrats, it’s a buzzing centre for food and culture and it is easy to navigate despite its many narrow lanes and streets. This scrap is a short one and includes a quick recipe for one of Belgium’s most famous inventions – waffles.
Belgian waffles were first showcased in Brussels in Expo-58 at the Brussels World Fair in 1958. A fair which celebrated both art, food and inventions across the globe. Brought to the USA by Belgian Walter Cleyman – waffles became an instant hit and the rest is history.
It was here atop the Mont de Arts, seen in the photo above, that I tucked in to the famous snack. Traditionally Beligan waffles are served simply with whipped cream but the toppings and sauces vary from nutella to maple syrup. A waffle stand stood near the great fountain at the top of the hill at the Palace and I went with tradition as I sat back and enjoyed the view in the sun tucking in with sticky hands.
After Walter brought them across the Atlantic, waffles soon became a breakfast dish among Americans but traditionally, Belgian waffles are a sweet snack. Whether it’s breakfast, dessert or a sneaky treat – waffles are easy to make and are mouth-wateringly good
If you haven’t tried it before, you’re missing out….
Ingredients (15 waffles)
2 cups of flour 4 teaspoons of baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of table salt 1/2 cup of vegetable or sunflower oil 1/4 cup of caster sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups of milk whipped cream for topping.
- In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together.
- In a smaller bowl, separate the yolks from the white of the eggs.
- Mix the yolks, the milk and oil together.
- Add the mixed yolks, milk and oil to the dry ingredients.
- mix well until all is blended together.
- Beat the egg whites until light and fluffy
- Add beaten whites to the mixture by folding.
- Cook in batches using a waffle iron until golden.
Serve with whipped cream and sprinkled with a little sugar – dig in!
Note: The waffle should be crispy and golden on the outside and deliciously fluffy on the inside.
If you don’t have a waffle iron – Don’t worry. You can cook in batches on a heated pan with some oil, flipping them until both sides are golden. The waffles won’t have the indented design but will taste the same!
Museum of Brussels – at the Grand Place.
Close up of the Palais de Justice – an amazing building with great views of the city.
If you’re interested in trying the very same waffle that I did on my trip. You should find a vendor atop the steps overlooking the gardens and the statue of Albert. A great place to sit and soak up the atmosphere – the waffle was tasty and good value too costing just 3 euros, I believe.
Visit: Mont des Arts, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium