Those crunchy chequered wafers that add a gourmet touch to any dessert are said to have been invented around 9th and 10th century. Waffles during those days typically were embossed with images of Jesus and his cruxification and were part of communion. Though Belgium is generally believed to be the land of waffles, this sweet delicacy is popular throughout the world.
In the 11th and 12th century, waffles were flavoured with orange blossom water and honey. The first waffle recipe was found in a 14th century manuscript. Till 17th and 18th century non-wheat waffles were usually common and those made with wheat and sweetened with sugar were so expensive that only the monarchy and bourgeoisie could afford them. The evolution of waffles continued in 20th century when they turned savory.
– Brussels waffles are crisp, light and have large pockets. In Belgium they are a popular street food and are served warm.
– Flemish waffles , a specialty of Northern France, these are salty, made with fresh butter, moist and is usually served with orange blossom water and sugar.
– American waffles are denser and thinner and are usually served in the breakfast and are topped typically with maple syrup.
– Pandan waffles have their origin in Vietnam and have a dominant taste of coconut milk.
– Potato waffles, as the name suggests are made with potatoes and are popular in UK and Ireland.
– Scandinavian waffles are heart shaped and are served with whipped and sour cream.
Here are some popular waffle recipes by celebrity chefs:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Preheat waffle iron.
– Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy.
– Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
– Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or brush with butter.
– Pour mix onto hot waffle iron.
– Cook until golden brown.
– Serve hot with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce and melted butter.
Recipe courtesy: Francesco’s Pizzeria
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