Belgian Waffles: Make the Street Food
Go to any street fair in America and you’ll most likely see a Belgian-waffle stand. Maybe you’ll smell the waffles wafting through the air first, its lightly sweet fragrance drawing you in. At the stand, thick batter is poured into a hot waffle iron with roomy squares, and when it turns a golden brown it’s topped with fruit and powdered sugar—maple syrup or whipped cream also make for sweet toppings.
Simple and feather-light, the Belgian waffle was actually made popular at a fair—the World’s Fair of 1964–1965—by a Belgian named Maurice Vermersch, who had introduced his version of his wife’s old family recipe as the Brussels Waffle. Waffles, however, have been around since Medieval times.
But you don’t have to stroll a country fair or find a street cart to get lovely Belgian waffles. Just get yourself a Belgian-waffle-maker and a good mixing bowl. For this Fruit-Crowned Belgian Waffle recipe (which requires only 15 minutes of prep time), strawberry and kiwi slices create a colorful topper that’s made even brighter tasting with strips of lemon or lime peel. Use any seasonal fruit you like, for one of the sunniest plates around.
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