Belgian waffle

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Belgian waffle
Waffle with strawberries and confectioner's sugar.jpg
A Belgian waffle with strawberries and confectioner's sugar
Type Waffle
Place of origin United States
Creator(s) Maurice Vermersch
Main ingredient(s) Flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, butter

The Belgian waffle is a type of waffle popular in North America identified by its larger size, lighter batter, and higher grid pattern that forms deep pockets and has larger squares than the standard American waffle.

No single type of waffle is identified as a 'Belgian Waffle' within Belgium itself, where there are a number of different varieties, including the Brussels waffle, the Liège waffle and the stroopwafel. What is known in North America as the 'Belgian waffle' does not exist in Belgium. It is somewhat similar to the Brussels waffle, but Brussels waffles are crispy on the outside. As opposed to a traditional North American waffle, the Belgian waffle traditionally uses yeast instead of baking powder,[1] although contemporary Belgian waffles are often made with baking powder. In North America, they are often eaten as a breakfast food; toppings vary from whipped cream, confectioners sugar, soft fruit, and chocolate spread, to syrup and butter or margarine. Alternatively, they are served with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit (such as strawberries) as a dessert.

History[edit]

The Belgian Village at the 1964 New York World's Fair, where the waffles were popularized.

Originally showcased in 1958[2] at Expo 58 in Brussels, Belgian waffles had their American debut at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle, WA in 1962.[3] The waffles were further popularized in the United States during the 1964 New York World's Fair[1] at Flushing Meadows Park, USA. The waffle was introduced by Maurice Vermersch of Brussels, Belgium, and was named the Bel-Gem Waffle. Largely based on a simplified recipe for the Brussels waffles, Vermersch decided to change the name upon observing that many Americans could not correctly identify Brussels as the capital of Belgium.[4][5] These waffles were served with whipped cream and strawberries, and retailed for a dollar.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (2008-07-27). "A Fair, a Law and the Urban Walker". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Belgian Waffles". CooksInfo. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Topless women, no booze? 15 surprising facts about the 1962 World’s Fair". The Seattle PI. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  4. ^ "His waffles made memories at the Queens World's Fair". Newsday. 1989-08-22. 
  5. ^ "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America - Google Books". Books.google.ca. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2014-02-10.