For Culy’s Winnie, waffles are the answer to just about all of her problems. No wonder: she spent most of her life in Belgium and if there is a waffle culture anywhere, it is there. However, Belgium has different types of waffles, with Brussels and Liège waffles being the most important.
But how do the two actually differ?
If you come across a waffle stall in an average Belgian street or station and a train station, it is most likely that it concerns Liège waffles. You could compare these with the warm, rectangular version of sugar wafers from the supermarket.
They can be recognized by their irresistible sweet scent. The dough is compact and due to the heating of the sugar balls, the outside of such a waffle is slightly caramelized: super tasty.
We warn you: the sugar rush that you are treated to after eating such a Liège waffle, you have to take it for a while. Especially if you also order some toppings such as melted chocolate, strawberry and/or whipped cream. Still, our advice remains: do it, they are delicious.
If you stroll through the center of Brussels, you will find a different type of take-away waffles, the Brussels waffles. Also on the menus at a classic tearoom or ice cream parlor it is usually about the variant from the capital. Brussels waffles are characterized by their perfectly rectangular shape and are slightly wider than their Liège brothers. Moreover, the two also have big differences in dough and taste.
In contrast to Liège waffles, Brussels waffles are very light, crispy and crispy. Generally, Brussels waffles are also a lot less sweet than the Liège ones: sometimes there is not even a gram of sugar in the batter.
Do you want to prepare Brussels waffles yourself according to the rules of the art? Then you basically need a professional waffle iron for that: one that is wider and with a cast iron plate. You can buy them online , although they are not very cheap.