One of my favorite sweets is the dutch wafle, named stroopwafel.
By now you know that I’m sweet toothed, although I don’t appreciate much refined sugar. If I have to choose, I always prefer chocolate cakes instead of those with creams and with added sugars, but the stroopwafels found a soft spot in my heart and conquered it <3. I tried several ones: some sweeter, and others I could felt like I was biting raw sugar (because the syrup wasn’t on the perfect point). Take a bite on a properly made stroopwafle and you will like you are in the heaven! They are soft and you don’t “feel the sugar”, just the taste of cinnamon and syrup.
But ‘What is a stroopwafel?’
A stroopwafel in dutch means “waffle with a syrup”. It is composed by two thin layers of baked dough with syrup filling in the middle. The stiff dough for the waffles is made from flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk and eggs. Medium-sized balls of dough are put into a heated waffle iron and pressed into the required uniformly thin, round shape. After the waffle has been baked, and while it’s still warm, it’s split into thin layered halves and filled with caramel syrup (made of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon) spread between the waffle halves and then “glued” together.
The stroopwafel was born in Gouda, the Netherlands.
You can find them in all supermarkets, and they are the national sweet; not the only one, but one of the best. You can eat them fresh and still warm at some market tents during the city days.
They somewhat remind me of Belgas, which were cookies that I ate when I was a child, but in The Netherlands they add the syrup and cinnamon, and make them warm.I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. In the meantime you just look at me eating them 😉
Até agora, já percebeu que sou uma gulosa assumida, embora não aprecie muito o açúcar refinado. Se tiver que escolher, prefiro sempre bolos de chocolate em vez daqueles com cremes e com adição de açúcares, mas as stroopwafels encontraram um cantinho no meu coração <3. Já experimentei várias: algumas mais doces, outras em que pude sentir o açúcar enquanto trincava (porque o xarope não estava no ponto perfeito). Uma mordida numa stroopwafle perfeita faz com que se sinta no céu!
Mas “O que é um stroopwafel?”
A stroopwafel em holandês significa “waffle com xarope”. É composta por duas camadas finas de massa cozida com xarope no meio. A massa dos waffles é feita de farinha, manteiga, açúcar mascavado, fermento, leite e ovos. Uma bola de massa, de tamanho médio, é colocada numa waffle de ferro aquecida e pressiona-se uniformemente até se tornar fina e redonda. Após a cozedura e enquanto ainda está quente divide-se em duas metades, de uma fina expessura, e barra-se com um xarope de caramelo (feito de açúcar mascavado, manteiga e canela) e, em seguida “colam-se” as duas partes.
Espero que goste tanto delas como eu. Entretanto, pode olhar para mim a comer uma;)