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Food Spotlight: Belgian Waffles

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Many forms of waffles have been eaten all over the world but it all began around the 18th century. It is rumored that the inventor of the waffle was the Prince-Bishop of Liege. Back then, these delicious pieces of dough were formed through wafer irons that were originally called moule a oublie which would be heated by fire, then formed with the iron and usually had a intricate design that would be burned into the wafer. Today, these waffles can include anything you can dream of. From Nutella stuffed with bananas, or Captain Crunch sprinkled on top. Although these crazy confections do make a delicious waffle, it should be known there was a starting point to this tradition. The basic waffle includes flour, milk, eggs, and a pinch of salt. The typical Belgium waffle uses yeast instead of baking powder while mixing together the ingredients. Most Americans eat waffles for breakfast but they are normally eaten as an afternoon snack or as a dessert in Belgium. Belgium waffles were introduced to America at the 1964 World’s Fair that took place in New York. Maurice Vermersch introduced the waffle as a Belgian waffle because he did not believe that Americans knew where Brussels was. Now, Belgium waffles are a delicious dessert or breakfast all in many homes around the world.

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