Is that possible; to have “All American Belgian waffles”? Maybe it’s an oxymoron and yet still I think still feasible. I mean is there anything wrong with having “All American Belgian Waffles?” we are after all alies with them right? Seriously if we’re going to get really technical, political or any other “ical”, is ANYONE really “all American”; except perhaps the Native Americans. They are called native after all. I can call myself native to Colorado but certainly not native American. Sure I was born in America but my blood lines are European. So if a Belgian born in America, made waffles, wouldn’t they be truly “All American Belgian Waffles”? And can someone please explain to me why the country is spelled “Belgium” but we refer to the people and waffles as “Belgian“?
It’s the 236 birthday of the USA and since we’re one big melting pot anyway I say it’s ok to call them whatever suits our fancy. What I love about the 4th of July is, it’s not just a day to celebrate American independence but the diversity of our country. There are people from all over the world living, working and enjoying life in America and when tolerance of different religions, cultures, views and dreams prevail, we truly will be a free country for all.
In addition to loving all that America offers (excluding bad justice system, corporate greed and lousy government), I love waffles, thick waffles, not thin and if I’m American and the Belgians invented the Belgian Waffle, then God love them because I sure do.
I prefer Belgian waffles over pancakes in all honesty. I’m not precisely sure why. Perhaps it’s because they have those perfect little square indentations. Or maybe it’s because they don’t get soggy as quickly. Maybe it’s because they’re crispier. Or maybe it’s because you can just as easily smother them in copious amounts of syrup for breakfast and turn right around and top them in ice cream for dessert.
it really doesn’t matter, as long as they are made right. Now this has been a bit of an undertaking to find a good recipe that worked for a base and build from there. I actually combined and mixed and matched several recipes and then p,ayed with the ingredients here and there. The result was a wonderful Belgian waffle that I will hopefully pass down to future generations.
Going back to my post yesterday, what I love about them is they freeze so easy. Just like those in the frozen foods section of the grocer, just pop a few in the toaster for a couple of minutes on medium and perfect waffles that are far far better than Eggo. I’ll happily ‘leggo my Eggo’ for one of these homemade ones.
Key is to keep the waffle iron on close to the lowest setting and to mix the butter in well.
I think they’re a great breakfast to celebrate the birthday of our country as well as our diversity and different cultures. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.
Oh and in case you’d like to know, America shares her Independence Day with a little country called Abkhazia (1999).
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- ¾ cup Cake flour
- 2½ teaspoons Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 1¼ cup Warm water
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) Unsalted butter, melted
- Combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large bowl and stir together.
- Add water, egg yolks, butter & extract, whisk until batter is smooth.
- Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form.
- Fold egg white into batter in two separate divisions until mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
- Cook on lowest setting of waffle iron or until golden brown.