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Syrup waffles (called ´stroopwafels´ in Dutch) are probably the most famous Dutch cookie that´s been eaten around the world. The waffle was invented around 1810 and has since found it's way too many mouths. According to the Dutch dictionary a syrup waffle is a ´waffle that consists of two parts with syrup in between´. But who invented this sweet treat? And how is it made?
The syrup waffle has been known since the nineteenth century and has more than 200 years of history. It is (probably) invented by a baker called Gerard Kamphuizen who opened a bakery in Gouda (The Netherlands). In the oldest recipe that is dated from 1840 it is described that the waffles are baked from dough remains and cake scraps from the bakery and the two parts are filled with syrup. Since the cookies were made from leftovers they were really cheap. In those times the Dutch called the syrup waffles also ´cookies for the poor´. In the first years the ´stroopwafels´ were exclusively made in the town of Gouda and there were around 100 waffle bakers in the city. But, after 1870 the waffles were also baked at fairs and parties outside of the region and the waffles became famous around the country. And nowadays the stroopwafels are famous around the globe.
How to make Dutch stroopwafels
As said a stroopwafel has two waffles with syrup in the middle. The waffles have a recognisable diamond pattern on the outside, the result of the waffle maker. Small balls of dough are baked into waffles who are then cut in half. On one site the syrup is applied and the other part is placed against it again. Originally all Dutch syrup waffles were made artisanal, but from the 20th century fabrics becane to take over the proces. Around 1960 there were just in Gouda 17 factories for the Dutch waffle cookie. Nowadays there are still a few of them open where you can eat the artisan Goudse dairy butter syrup waffles that are baked from a recipe that´s more than 100 years old. Also at fairs you can find stands where stroopwafels are freshly baked. And of course you can make them yourself, it´s just some work.
Types of stroofwafels
Did you know that the Dutch eat around 20 syrup waffles a person per year? That are more that 22 million packs with waffles. There are now all sorts of varieties of the original stroopwafel that has a diameter of 10 cm more or less. You can find mini-waffles with a diameter of 5 cm but also giant waffles with a diameter of 25 cm. And at fairs you can buy bags with crumbs that are the leftovers of the sides that are cut of and the waffles that went wrong. And did you know that you can also find stroopwafel ice cream? It´s a combination of vanilla ice cream with real waffles and a nice caramel sauce.
Got an appetite for this treat? We offer different types of syrup waffles like these ones from Bakker Joop.
Ps. It´s best to keep stroopwafels at a cool place (but not the fridge) and if you want to eat them warm you can first place the syru`waffle for a couple of seconds in the microwave or on top of a cup of hot coffee or tea.
- Brand Bakker Joop
- Origin Holland
- Net weight 378 g
- Ingredients 38% glucose-fructose syrup, wheat flour, vegetable fat (palm), sugar, whey powder (milk), vegetable oil (rapeseed), starch (wheat), soya flour, raising agent (E500), salt, emulsifiers (soya lecithin and E471), skimmed milk powder, free-range egg, acidity regulator (E330), cinnamon.
- Preservation Store in a cool, dry place.
- Information about allergies May contain traces of: nuts.