zaterdag 10 november 2007

Pancake & Waffle Glossary

What’s Up For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner? Plenty!

Who ever thought there were so many kinds of pancakes and waffles? There are a dozen varieties in Western culture alone, and countless varieties worldwide. STROOPWAFEL or SYRUP WAFFLE or CARAMEL COOKIE Dutch for “syrup waffle,” stroopwafels are Dutch cookies made from two round waffle-like wafers with a sweet syrup or caramel filling in the middle. Sometimes nuts or other flavors are added to the filling. About four inches in diameter, stroopwafels are traditionally prepared by cutting a freshly made waffle in half horizontally, spreading the filling and rejoining the two halves. Stroopwafels are an old Dutch treat, invented in Gouda in 1784. The traditional way to eat them is with a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. Just before it is eaten, the stroopwafel is placed on top of the hot cup in order to soften it up; the filling melts, and scents of cinnamon and nutmeg are released into the air. Find out more at

zaterdag 3 november 2007

Travel by Food & Stroopwafels

The website "Travel By Food" wrote about Stroopwafels. "Travel by food" is a website for people who have a greater understanding of different food from different culture around the world. Beaver Tail, Fishball noodle,Herring, Frites met Mayo ...... etc .... This is what they wrote about Stroopwafels: "On my second last day of my Netherland's trip. I visited the shopping district(Grote Marktstraat) of The Hague. I found a Stroopwafels stand right at the middle of a busiest shopping intersection. Locals were buying freshly made Stroopwafels. Both in single piece and in pack. Stroopwafels is a Caramel Syrup Waffle Cookie, and means "Syrup waffles" in Dutch. It is 2 pieces of round waffel wafers with caramel syrup fillings. There are 2 sizes available. The bigger size which is about 7 inches in diameters is around €1.5 and smaller 2.5 inches in pack of 10. There was a bit of breeze and chill on that day in The Hague, that hot freshly made syrup waffles really kept me warm. In the waffle stand pictures, you can see the owner was spreading the caramel syrup fillings and combining the waffels together." Find it all at:

zondag 28 oktober 2007

Caramel Coffee warmers

I found this advice from Martha Stewart for a wedding party:

"Just as the coffee is being served, the dancing always seems to begin in earnest, leaving guests with cold coffee when they return to the table. At your reception, offer caramel wafers to rest across the top of the cup -- the coffee will stay warm and the caramel will soften, turning the wafer into a sweet gooey treat. To prevent premature nibbling, the wait staff should let guests know what the wafers are for when they first bring out the coffee". Surf for more information to:

zaterdag 27 oktober 2007

A Stroopwafel By Any Other Name

I found a nice article about "myself" at Rosemary's blog. She writes about collecting cookie cutters, special shaped cookies and traditions and memories built around cookies. This is what Rosemary wrote:

"A number of years ago when we lived for a while in Europe, I became acquainted with the pleasures of a Dutch cookie called a “stroopwafel (translated syrup waffle).” If you have never had one, basically it is a thin, crispy wafer or waffle, sliced even thiner and then a layer of cinnamon carmel syrup is sandwiched between each half. It’s a delicious, gooey confection that’s usually eaten along with a cup of hot coffee or tea. One places the cookie on top of the coffee cup and lets the hot steam soften the syrup layer causing it ooze out of the cookie. Completely decadent and addictive if you have a sweet tooth. Supposedly these delicious cookies were invented in the latter part of the 1700’s in the town of Gouda, famous for its cheese, when a baker used up his leftover crumbs at the end of the day, added spices and covered it with carmel syrup. They became a hit with the common people because they were so good tasting and also inexpensive. Soon enough all of Gouda was making them, and eventually they spread to the whole country. There are street market vendors in all cities in the Netherlands selling them in packages or individually so you can get a nice hot, sticky one to eat any time." Surf for more information to:

donderdag 25 oktober 2007

friends (and stroopwafels) in groningen

Very often people write about stroopwafels on their weblog. Today I found this little nice story:

......... the next morning in the grotemarkt, we happened upon my very favorite dutch snack - fresh stroopwafels! (stroopwafels are “syrup waffles,” or two thin cookies joined by delicious caramel or sugar syrup). here’s the stand in the market, and here’s rhi enjoying her first stroopwafel : ) see how fresh?? those cookies are still warm, and that big bucket in the back is filled with hot caramel…yum… this is the same stand that i used to come to on market days when i was living in groningen. ................ Read the full story at

woensdag 24 oktober 2007

Recipe for fresh fruit stroopwafel tarts

Fresh Fruit Stroopwafel Tarts
Stroopwafels go by different names here (I've seen them called honey wafers), and have different fillings ranging from caramel to honey or hazelnut. Look for them at natural food stores for starters.
apples, pears, plum (or whatever seasonal fruit you'd like)
a small tub of mascarpone cheesevanilla extractsugar
honey (or agave nectar)
stroopwafel cookies
Place the stroopwafels under a broiler or in a toaster oven just until their fillings heat up.
Sweeten the mascarpone with a bit of sugar (or other sweetener of your choice). Stir in a small splash of vanilla (you could also explore different liquors at this step). Spread a layer of the mascarpone across each stroopwafel.
Slice half of the fruit into thin pretty pieces and arrange on top of each tart (see photo). Cut the rest of the fruit into smaller pieces and toss in a small bowl with a bit of honey. Arrange this on top of the slices. Drizzle with a bit more honey and enjoy. If found this information at

zondag 21 oktober 2007

Nothing beats a cup of coffee with a real Stroopwafel

You can find many beautifull photo's of stroopwafels at, here is one with warm colours.

Nothing beats a cup of coffee with a real Stroopwafel according to