War of the Waffles – Belgian vs Liege

Maison Dandoy Tea Room

Rue Charles Buls 14, Brussels 1000, Belgium

For our very short stay in Brussels, I knew K and I would have to be very strategic with our eating – we needed to try as many different Belgian foods as possible in the space of a day without making ourselves sick – a fine balance. Amongst the must-haves was waffles, something that I’ve only ever had once or twice in the past. After a bit of research, we decided upon Maison Dandoy, a specialty store with a long, successful history of biscuit production, but also known for serving up delicious waffles.

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My research also revealed that there are 2 main types of waffle – Belgian and Liege. They’re quite easy to tell apart, and differ in taste and texture. Belgian waffles are traditionally an even rectangular shape, lighter in colour, and made from a thin batter. The yeast in the batter produces a light, aerated waffle with a crispy exterior. On the other hand, Liege waffles are produced from a thicker batter containing pearl sugar, which caramelise when cooked to form a chewier, richer and sweeter product that’s uneven in shape.

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Maison Dandoy itself was absolutely fantastic, with boxes upon boxes of beautifully packaged biscuits and pastries lining the shelves. The display counter showcased a variety of baked goods, including their famous Speculoos biscuits. Their waffle menu consisted of a huge selection of toppings, from simple dusted sugar to chocolate and cream extravaganzas. I had my heart already set on the Liege waffle, while K decided to try the Belgian.

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Belgian waffle with strawberries and ice cream (€6,30)

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The verdict? Both K and I agreed that the Liege waffle was superior in taste and texture, and the caramelisation just added an extra layer of deliciousness. Simple toppings were also the way to go – we both enjoyed our two-ingredient add-ons that didn’t detract from the waffle itself. We were very happy with the quality of our waffles from Maison Dandoy and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Brussels. If you’ve tried both, which type of waffle do you prefer?

xx Judy

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