Belgian Waffles

 

I distinctly remember walking around Paris standing in awe of the incredible spectrum of twinkling lights looking out at the Place de la Concorde.

 

Apple cider

Towering in the night sky was a giant, round, shimmering ferris wheel. I don’t know about you but I’m not an amusement park person. The mere thought riding on anything that spins brings up not so pleasant childhood memories of being ill at the local town carnival. But there was something magical about this particular ride, chiefly that it would offer incredible views of Paris from the top.

 

Boston Honey Co.

 

I bought my ticket, crammed myself into one of the heavy metal cars alongside a welcoming French family and up we went. Oh the views. Oh my stomach. Round and round we went until the wheel came to a grinding halt. We collectively pushed away the metal bar and said our goodbyes.

 

Waffle makerWaffles cooking

 

Believing food would somehow restore my equilibrium, I made my way to the concession stand. I expected to see the usual pink cotton candy and greasy fried dough but that’s not what was being offered up at this Parisian festival.
Instead, I was presented with a piping hot Belgian waffle. Did I want strawberries and fresh whipped cream? Did I want honey?
Let’s just say it was delicious.

 

Swadled waffles

 

Because Valentine’s Day is among other things, a time of togetherness, I’d like to share this Belgian Waffle with you. I’d like you to enjoy a little taste of Paris too.

 

Valentine windowThe Louvre

 

Most of all I’d like to thank you. I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship and support.

 

fresh cream

 

So, on this Valentine’s Day, I wish for you the confidence to live your life as you choose, the courage to pursue your dreams, the magic of new beginnings and the taste of something good and sweet. Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

 

Belgian waffles w whipped cream

 

Belgian Waffles with Strawberries, Honey and Fresh Whipped Cream

 

250 g flour
20 g sugar
pinch of salt
75 g butter, melted & cooled
400 ml (14 fluid oz) milk
3 g vanilla extract
3 eggs, separated
pinch of cream of tartar
5 g sugar
236 ml (8 oz) heavy cream
powdered sugar to taste
sliced strawberries
local honey
Preheat a Belgian Waffle iron.
Combine the following ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixture fitted with a paddle attachment: flour, 20 g sugar and salt. In a separate bowl blend the following ingredients with a fork: cooled melted butter, milk, vanilla and egg yolks.
Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients while mixing on low. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on medium high for about 1 minute until the mixture is blended. Set aside.
Using a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar. As the whites reach a soft peak add 5 g of sugar. Whisk until a moderately firm peak is reached (should still flop over at the very top when the whisk is pulled away.)
Fold the egg whites into the batter. Cook waffles according to your waffle makers instructions. In the meantime, whip the fresh cream with the powdered sugar to taste.
Serve the hot waffles immediately with sliced strawberries, local honey and fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!
Bon Appetit!
 
 

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46 Comments
  1. I love coming here so much and look forward to every post of yours, especially because it evokes so many thoughts and shared feelings!!

    Happy Valentine’s day El!! :)) Sending you many lovely thoughts and wishes and many hugs to keep you warm 🙂

  2. Isn’t Paris amazing? Fantastic description and stunning, stunning photos. I should be thanking you. I love coming here and seeing the incredible array of desserts (and waffles too!!) Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

  3. Dearest El, you can’t know how perfectly timed your words were for me today. 🙂 Been going through a painful stretch in my life the last few weeks, and your wish for all of us was just what I needed to help me take a deep breath, buck up and soldier on. 🙂 You also made me smile so big because I too love my own company, and happily wandered Paris with my own red notebook in tow. 🙂

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day El, your stunning photos get better with each post – I love the glass (goblet?) in the second picture. Raising a glass to you and your hopes for 2011!

  5. I remember that ferris wheel, but never went on it. It’ll be something that I can look forward to someday. I imagine the radiating lights throughout the city must have been breath taking.

    These waffles look amazing, and is a wonderful food memory. I like how simple and perfect they are with fresh whipped cream, strawberries and honey. This looks like a delightful treat on a Sunday morning.

  6. I can’t believe I was thinking of you just this morning, and then I see your post in my inbox! GORGOEUS El, just ever so beautiful. Do you know that I enjoy my own company immensely, much unlike my other half, who wants me with him everywhere! This is a beautiful post … and I’m tempted to make waffles. Maybe this weekend … with strawberries. YES…now you’ve inspired me!!

  7. Happy Valentine’s! I had a similar street vendor waffle experience when I was studying in Antwerp Belgium. Amazing waffles and amazing toppings. Loved your descriptions of Paris.

  8. They look delicious and yummy.
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  9. It really is a harsh juxtaposition to see that “London Eye” in Paris, isn’t it? I could have been you standing in the Louvre. I have had an exact moment like that, but not wearing black with a red pocket book. Those moments are best spent alone; I agree. There is nothing that can be said to enhance any aspect of that space in time. I thoroughly enjoy my own time while travelling, too. I love the aesthetic of it. The poetry of the day greeting me in my dreamy mind as I meander here and there just breathing it all in.
    The irony of the Belgian waffle in Paris is almost too much to bear. The little Crepe Stand is no longer on every corner. They are all inside with windows to the street. I miss the old ones. But, the choice of this memory and this recipe for this holiday is so spot on. Your batter looks pillowy and soft. The simplicity of the honey and the cream… yet, the complex depth and impact of flavour and texture created when they collide together in the mouth is unforgettable.
    YUM.
    Like that moment standing in the Louvre looking out the window…
    When I was in Belgium, they had sugar lumps in their waffles. Tiny little ones that melted as the waffles cooked. The texture and flavour was second to none.
    I think this will be the breakfast in our home Monday morning.
    🙂
    Happy Hearts to you, El!
    Valerie

  10. I was hoping you were going to make them for me, no? I have to say I have never been to Paris. Maybe one day my husband and I will visit but who knows. Our dream is to go to Italy.

    One thing I don’t think I’ve ever seen at a local fair is waffles. Maybe it’s time to start a new trend.

    Happy Valentines Day, El!

  11. i love fresh waffles too, but have never tried them with honey. I always use maple syrup. I’m so intrigued. Do I need whole milk for this recipe?

  12. Such wonderful memories, that Ferris wheel does have a magical quality to it, like you are being transported into another era. And yes street food that you want to eat! The waffles, the crêpes, the ice cream…I’m longing to go back now 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories and photography, it’s always a pleasure to visit your site. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

  13. Lost Past- I have to admit, I’ve never seen nor have I had a deep fried Twinkie!

    Susan- I used whole milk. I have used 2% in the past with no problem. Hope that helps.

  14. I’m with you about amusement parks, but I may just try the ferris wheel too, to get a glimpse of Paris from up above (w/my camera).

    So no cotton candy…their kind of amusement park food is belgian waffles? Love it!! Parisians have such good taste. 😉 Lovely post.

  15. The courage to pursue dreams? Oh now I wish I had courage. I’m a leo after all, you’d think I’d have oodles!

    El, love your blog. Always a pleasure to spend time here. Always.

    Love your story about being in Paris. I’ve travelled to a number of places myself, too. Very happy in my own company. Sometimes, too happy. 🙂

  16. I am an absolute sucker about waffles drizzled with loads of honey and fresh fruit. I’ll probably dream of waffles now for the rest of the day.

  17. Oooh El!! Waw!! Your home made Belgian waffles look delightful & ooh so appetizing too!

    A georgous treat!

    MMMMMMMMM,…! I recently moved my blog to wordpress.com/ Come over @ my blog & check it out! You must update your RSS too!

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