Dutch dishes aren’t something special or fascinating, but I have to admit that their deserts are wonderful. Well, Stroopwafels (syrup waffles) are not typical dessert but they are definitely worth trying.
What is a Stroopwafel?
Stroopwafels are Dutch waffles with a syrup filling. They originate from Gouda, a small and beautiful city in the Western part of the Netherlands. According to the legend, a baker from Gouda baked a waffle of old crumbs and filled this waffle with syrup. Back in the 18th century, it was a popular pastry among poor people. Nowadays, they can be found in any grocery shop here. Furthermore, Stroopwafels can be found even in Belgium. They come in different sizes but the shape is always circular.
Stroopwafels are made from thin waffle crust which is baked and sliced into two thinner layers. The halves are stuck together again with a caramel cinnamon syrup. There are waffles with honey syrup, too.
Believe me, there is nothing better than a Stroopwafel with a cup of tea on a rainy day. Actually, this is the best way to consume them: Put a waffle over the cup and wait for a while. The caramel fill is becoming melt and soft and then – heaven for the soul.
I love the smell of freshly baked Stroopwafels. It always reminds me of Christmas, which is the perfect time to eat them. There is a Christmas market every year in Amsterdam (in the middle of December on Rembrandt Square) where you can try Stroopwafels made on-site in front of your eyes.
For the rest of the year, you can visit Albert Cuypmarkt. I have heard that there you can find the best Stroopwafels in Amsterdam and soon I’m going to check that. You can also find Stroopwafels at almost any open air market in The Netherlands.
Do not miss them!