This month we are visiting Belgium for Food of the World event. Belgium is best known for its chocolate (one of the world’s best), waffles and beer. I wanted to make a vegetarian dish from Belgium, but didn’t find time to do my research. So I ended up making Belgian waffles for breakfast this past weekend.
But contrary to what I thought, waffles in Belgium are not really breakfast food, they are more popular as casual snack food — usually bought from a bakery or a street stand. The waffles that North Americans think of as Belgian waffle is actually known as Gaufre de Bruxelles or “the Brussels waffle’ in Belgium.
The Brussels waffle uses yeast as a leavener instead of baking powder, which is used in most of North American pancakes and waffles. Also Brussels waffles are rectangular and about 1″ thick with fairly deep dimples.
I make these Belgium waffles recipe from King Arthur website quite often along with my other waffle recipes. But I veganized the recipe this time and used some whole wheat pastry flour along with all purpose flour for some added fiber. These yeasted waffles turned out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Recipe adapted from KAF site.