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Waffles

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American waffles[1], are made from a batter leavened with baking powder. They are usually served as a sweet breakfast food, topped with butter and various syrups, but are also found in many different savory dishes, such as fried chicken and waffles or topped with kidney stew.[2]They may also be served as desserts, topped with ice cream and various other toppings. They are generally denser and thinner than the Belgian waffle. Waffles were first introduced to North America in 1620 by Pilgrims who brought the method from Holland. Thomas Jefferson brought a waffle iron from France, and waffle frolics or parties became popular in the late eighteenth century.

The Belgian or Brussels waffle[3] is prepared with a yeast leavened batter. It is generally, but not always, lighter, thicker, crispier, and/or has larger pockets compared to other waffle varieties. In Belgium, they’re served warm by street vendors, dusted with confectioner’s sugar, and sometimes topped with whipped cream or chocolate spread. In America, they’re served in the same ways the American waffle is served. Belgian waffles were introduced to America by restaurateur Maurice Vermersch, who sold his Brussels waffles under the name “Bel-Gem Waffles” at New York’s 1964 World’s Fair.

The Liège waffle[4] (from the city of Liège, in eastern Belgium) is a richer, denser, sweeter, and more chewy waffle. Invented by the chef of the prince-bishop of Liège in the 18th century, as an adaptation of brioche bread dough, they feature chunks of pearl sugar, which caramelize on the outside of the waffle, when baked. They are the most common type of waffle available in Belgium and are prepared in plain, vanilla and cinnamon varieties by street vendors across the nation.

Hong Kong style waffle, in Hong Kong called a “grid cake” or “grid biscuits” (格仔餅), is a waffle usually made and sold by street hawkers and eaten warm on the street.[5] They are similar to a traditional waffle but larger, round in shape and divided into four quarters. They are usually served as a snack. Butter, peanut butter and sugar are spread on one side of the cooked waffle and then it is folded into a semi circle to eat. Egg, sugar and evaporated milk are used in the waffle recipes, giving them a sweet flavor. They are generally soft and not dense. Traditional Hong Kong style waffles are full of the flavor of yolk. Sometimes different flavors, such as chocolate and honey melon flavor are used in the recipe and create various colors.

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