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Hugh Thomas

All This Waffling

Brussels waffles, Belgian waffles, American waffles, Pandan waffles, Flemish waffles, potato waffles, Stroopwafels. One thing’s for sure – the world has a lot of waffles, and Belgium alone accounts for twelve of them.

So who’s king? For all the hate mail we’re about to receive, it’s difficult to look much further than the Liège waffle, and with its sugar-crystal crust and sweet, pollowy insides, it’s not hard to see why.

The dough is a sweeter take on brioche. And you’ve got chunks of sugar that caramelise on the waffle’s surface when baked. And there’s toffee. And probably unhealthy amounts of Nutella. Hot dog.

Sold yet? Thought so. Check out the likes of Bournville Waffle Co, Belgian Waffle Tuk, Sapeur, Waffle On and Lekker Eat Dutch to meet your every Belgian waffle need.

Saunter on over to our Ireland heat and you’ll even find the darned things served out of a converted horse trailer, for goodness sake. You’ve got Michael Henderson’s Born & Raised to thank for that, and – surprise or not – it’s won him a legion of new Facebook fans. ‘Complete legend,’ says Chris. ‘Totally awesome waffles,’ says Julie. What more can we say?