Today I am introducing you to a firm Dutch favourite: Stroopwafels.
These are made with a batter that is cooked on a specially made and patterned hot griddle, then they are quickly sliced in half horizontally to produce two very thin biscuits (cookies) which are in turn spread with stroop and the two halves are rejoined with the stroop holding the two halves together.
But what is Stroop?
hmm… it’s a syrup, kind of caramel in flavour but different… it’s definitely not the same as Karo syrup, or Maple syrup, Corn Syrup, Golden Syrup or Molasseses (Treacle).
Each of these has a taste all of their own… and so too does Dutch Stroop.
The resulting stroopwaffel is a thin biscuit that’s a sweet treat full of flavour. You can get them in different sizes, they come in the regular sizes and in mini’s but generally fresh ones made on street market stands are even larger than the regular sized ones pictured.
Standing on the footpath, eating a freshly made stroopwafel literally hot off the press is definitely something that you need to do in order to complete your cultural experience if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Netherlands.
My personal favourite is not really the most traditional of stroopwafels, the filling is the same but the outside biscuit is far thicker and whilst there is a lattice pattern on them, it’s not the same as the waffle “look” of the more traditional versions.
I prefer them to the others simply because they they keep the great caramel flavour but are a little less sweet than their traditional counterparts.
There are two schools of thought on the “best” way to eat stroopwafels: some say that cold is best, the caramel syrup is more solid, but the other camps swears that the only way to eat a stroopwafel is to place it on top of a cup of hot tea, cocoa or coffee, and to let the heat of the steam soften the stroopwafel and it’s inner stroop, to eating perfection.
Me? I prefer them cold. (….But what that actually means is: “They never last long enough to make it to the cup“) (sigh) Don’t be fooled by the photo, it’s a demonstration model only, the cup is empty and the stroopwafel lived not after the shutter clicked closed.
So… now that I have annoyed your tastbuds with a glimse, I was suddenly reminded by my 101 Task list:
“80. Run 10 Give-a-Ways on my blog.”
…So here’s a chance to get a taste some of these for yourself.
Yes!!! A competition and chance to win some Stroopwafels Dear Readers!
All you have to do is to write a comment to this post and I will put your name on a piece of paper. Entries close Midday Friday 12th August.
Then, on the evening before my post of Saturday 13th of August
one of my kids will win the fight to draw one of the names out of the hat and you might be that lucky winner! So… Stroopwafels are added to the shopping list next week, who’s going to be the lucky one to get them in the post?!