The name ‘gaufre’ probably comes from the ancient French and was used to name a dessert shaped like a beehive. The gaufre is a Belgian specialty and a must at any Belgian country fair.
To prepare the gaufres you must use a special waffles iron that will imprint it with that all important look – don’t worry, it’s quite easy to find in most specialised shops-. Gaufres are very easy to prepare and will appeal to all children. You can top your gaufre with whatever you prefer – fruit and whipped cream, chocolate sauce or simply dusted with icing sugar-.
Older children will find it easy to prepare the gaufres themselves and serve them as a great afternoon snack to friends.
Ingredients for each small cook:
1 egg, 4 heaped tablespoons (60 gr.) of flour, 125 grams of milk, 1 tablespoon (15 gr.) of caster sugar, 1 pinch of baking powder, 1 tablespoon (35 gr.) of melted butter, a pinch of salt
Mix the flour with the salt, sugar and yeast, make a hollow in the centre and add the beaten eggs, milk and butter. Mix well to obtain a smooth dough without lumps.
Pre-heat the waffles iron and grease it with a little butter (ask a grown up to help you). When hot pour a ladle full of dough on each compartment, close the machine and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Your gaufre is ready when golden and you can easily break it away from the edges of the iron.
Serve warm dusted with icing sugar.
A Belgian culinary curiosity
For more than a century Belgian and French were contending for the invention of the potato chip (or fry). The French are absolutely certain of having invented chips, but the Belgians swear that the idea was theirs first. The Belgians claim that during the spring and summer they usually eat fried fish caught in the river Meuse. When the weather is bad, however, the fish is nowhere to be found and in order to remedy this, on a cold winter day a Belgian chef thought of frying the beloved tuber instead of fish. To emphasize that the potato chip was invented in Belgium they even built a museum to honour the fied potato… the Belgian Fry Museum! If you happen to visit Bruges, which is also a beautiful city, get mum and dad to take you to the Frietmuseum .
Among other wonderful places to visit in Bruges, there is another museum devoted to another wonderful delicacy: the Chocolate Museum!
Whoever said that museums were boring ?!?