Belgian waffles are known in the United States as a decadent breakfast item, but in Belgium, they're called gauffres
and they're either an indulgent snack or a dessert.
There are two types of gauffres
: the Brussels version looks the most like a Belgian waffle sundae that you'd get in the United States -- although the waffle itself is lighter. It's topped with powdered sugar, ice cream, whipped cream -- this is where the idea for a Belgian waffle sundae comes from.
The Liège waffle is denser, chewier and carmelized on the outside with pearl sugar
. Liège waffles are meant to be eaten by hand, and come topped with cinnamon sometimes, but never with ice cream or whipped cream.
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