Have you tried our Liège style waffle? Now’s the time – Belgian National Day is July 21, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with this traditional treat! Get ready to say goodbye to flavorless waffles and hello to a true delicacy.

Did you know?

They don’t call it the Belgian waffle for nothing. After all –

  • In Belgium, there is no one Belgian waffle. While there are many variations, the two most popular are the Liège (gaufre de Liège) and the Brussels (gaufre de Bruxelles).
  • Named after the city in Wallonia where it originated, the Liège waffle (also known as the Luikse wafel in Flemish) is round and features yeasted brioche-like dough and crunchy pearl sugar that caramelizes during cooking, making for a denser, chewier waffle, while the Brussels is lighter and rectangular.
  • Unlike American waffles, Belgian waffle recipes like ours traditionally call for yeast as opposed to baking powder.
  • You won’t find Belgians eating waffles for breakfast – they indulge in waffles as a casual street food or rich dessert. In fact, waffles have been sold as street food since the Middle Ages when they were first introduced in Europe!

Indulge in the tradition

Have your waffle maker ready? It’s time to get cooking! Complement your creation with toppings like –

  • Fruity jams. From traditional flavors like morello cherry to nontraditional options like blood orange, there’s room to get creative!
  • Rich chocolate spreads. Prefer a more dessert-like option? Reach for a chocolate spread – or speculoos spread, for an extra Belgian touch!
  • Fresh fruit. There’s no shortage of delicious fruit available in summertime. From figs to peaches, take advantage of what your local market has in season.

Ready to try one for yourself? Find the recipe here, or come in and try one at your local LPQ. With August 24 being National Waffle Day in the US, there’ll be time to celebrate again!