80 Desserts: Belgian Waffles
In Around the World in 80 Desserts, The Daily Meal unveiled some of the most scrumptious and sugary sensations from across the globe. For those hungry for more after-dinner delights, we're dishing out even more delicious details on some of our favorite desserts from our Around the World in 80 Desserts list. Here is a go-to guide on what and where to indulge your sweet tooth's most sinful cravings.
What are Belgian waffles: Waffles are the signature dessert of Belgium, originating with a recipe from the Middle Ages when waffles were sold as unleavened crisp cakes made of barley and oats baked in a wafer iron.
In Belgium, there are two types of waffles: the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle. The Brussels waffle is what is universally known as the Belgian waffle.
What's in Belgian waffles: Belgian waffles are made with ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, and milk, and they are typically served with chocolate, fruit, or whipped cream.
Where you can get Belgian waffles: When visiting Brussels, the capital of Belgium, check out these four sweet shops for some authentic Brussels waffle bites.
1. Biscuterie Dandoy
Located near Grand Place Square, Biscuterie Dandoy has been in business since 1829. The sweet shop serves up a savory array of Belgian treats, including chocolates, shortbreads, waffles, almond breads, and macaroons.
2. Le Funambule Waffles
Le Funambule, which has specialized in selling waffles since 1869, is located near the Mannekin Pis monument. Waffles on the menu come with strawberries, chocolate sauce, bananas, whipped cream, or sugar.
3. The Waffle Factory
In addition to serving sweet waffles with chocolate, whipped cream, and fruit, The Waffle Factory also serves savory waffles, filled with ingredients like ham and cheese. The Waffle Factory has four Belgium locations and branches in France, Australia, and Japan.
4. Aux Gaufres de Bruxelles
In terms of waffles, Aux Gaufres de Bruxelles serves up the dessert with all the classic fixings: whipped cream, fruit, jam, syrup, butter, Grand Marnier, and chocolate sauce. Aux Gaufres de Bruxelles’s menu also offers sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta, and moules frites.
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Clare Sheehan is a Junior Writer for The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter clare_sheehan.