Waffles – Belgium

The Waffles also known as Gaufre, are sweet waffles, soft inside and crispy outside, cooked on the typical waffle plate that gives it the classic honeycomb structure. 

These are delicious cakes with a neutral taste based on eggs, milk and flour, typical of Northern European cuisine, in particular Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, where they are decorated to taste with fresh fruit, honey, jam, cream, chocolate and grains.

Depending on the northern European country in which they are prepared, there are numerous variations. Those of Belgium (the classic Gaufre) are made with brewer’s yeast.

The classic recipe for 8 waffles 

  • 180 gr of flour
  • 190 gr of whole milk
  • 80 gr of melted butter
  • 60 gr of sugar (up to 80 gr if you like very sweet)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • vanilla (1 sachet or 1 tablespoon of extract)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Procedure

First of all, separate the yolks from the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff with half the sugar.

Then whip egg yolks, the rest of the sugar, salt, vanilla a few seconds, add the milk and cold melted butter.

Finally, incorporate the flour and sifted yeast until the mixture is soft and free of lumps:

Pour the egg whites little by little into the mixture and mix with a spatula from bottom to top so as not to disassemble the dough.

First of all, pour 1 teaspoon of oil from both sides of the cold plate. This step will allow you to get burnished and caramelized waffles!

Heat the plate. When it is hot, add 2 – 3 ladles of dough.

Be careful not to leave empty, but also not to fill in an exaggerated way: leave 2 mm of space from the edge of the wafer plate.

Close and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the plate upside down and let it cook for another 2 minutes. until complete gilding of both sides.

Serve the waffles and decorate to taste.

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