If you have visited Europe many times, you have surely seen it winking at you through various bakeries and pastry shops, tempting you to taste it with its irresistible smell. A waffle can lower your guard. After all, it’s no coincidence that the waffle’s fame has travelled around the world over the years, and today is a popular dessert for both children and adults.
Even though it has been linked to Belgium, it was inspired from Ancient Greece and its notorious pancakes, which Greeks used to bake between two hot metal plates. This technique prevailed throughout the Middle Ages, but with a twist, in order to make bread for the Holy Communion. Specifically, they used to make the dough from cereal flour and water, and baked it on iron plates embossed with religious symbols and representations.
This recipe has been enhanced over the years and around the 14th century the first waffle recipe was created in Paris, which included some of the ingredients we still use to date, such as eggs. Its square honeycomb shape prevailed later on in the 16th century, due to experimentation with various baking metals. Between the 17th and 18th century, the waffle was introduced everywhere in Europe and America, while family waffle parties have become a very popular form of entertainment in American society.
The culmination of this sweet temptation’s dynamic course over the centuries, was the first waffle restaurant in Atlanta, US in 1955, and the emergence, in the years that followed, of the famous Belgian waffle, which today is the most popular snack in Brussels.
The trick to making a perfect waffle is the dough, as the waffle must be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. To accomplish this the next time you make waffles, remember to prepare the mixture from the previous day and leave it in the fridge overnight. As for toppings you can try melted chocolate, maple syrup, caramel and whipped cream or anything else you like.
Now that Valentine’s day is just around the corner, a waffle with strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream will be the perfect grand finale to your romantic dinner. In fact, it’s said that whipped cream and strawberries are aphrodisiacs…