There’s been a long time debate between people who prefer waffles and those who prefer pancakes. Pancakes are floppy, spongy cakes that are easy and fun to make in the kitchen. Waffles, on the other hand, are crispy on the outside and light on the inside. Unlike pancakes, people only tend to make waffles when they want to go through the trouble of cleaning a waffle iron. Both are typically served for breakfast and can be garnished with fruits, syrups, butter, and creams. Personally, I find myself standing firmly on the waffle side.
Waffles, with their exterior crispness, provide me with texture I love. They have indented boxes that hold in whatever I garnish them with, whether it’s syrup, fruits, or butter. Unlike pancakes, waffles are much more versatile. They can easily be paired with other foods and still taste amazing. They can serve as the cone for ice cream, replace the tortilla base in tacos, or be paired with chicken doused in syrup. I mean, who has ever heard of pancakes and chicken?
A popular type of waffle would be the Belgian waffle. While the waffle may or may not have originated in Belgium, the country is still often most associated with the favorite breakfast food. Unlike regular waffles, Belgian waffles are known for their larger size, grid pattern, and deep, square sockets. The iron used to make Belgian waffles have a deeper and bigger grid pattern compared to that of a regular waffle iron. With the deeper sockets, they are more ideal than the typical waffle to hold ice cream and fruits.
In Belgium, there are actually two types of waffles, the Brussels and Liege waffle. The Brussels waffle is the one more known by the rest of the world and is the one many classify as the “Belgian waffle.” The Brussels waffle made its first appearance in the US in 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York by Maurice Vermersch. He introduced the Brussels waffle as the Belgian waffle because most Americans did not know exactly where Brussels was. (It’s the capital of Belgium for those that do not know.)
Belgian waffles are popular throughout Europe and most of the world. Many people have put their own twists on Belgian waffles, using them to make their own delicious, crazy desserts.