Normally healthy foods are the name of the game on this blog, but everyone has to splurge once in a while. Last weekend I had a chance to explore The Maritime Museum’s 2nd annual Chocolate Festival. While there, I met dozens of vendors, all eager to introduce me to their products. Among them was Belgium Gourmet a company located in Bonita, CA that specializes in bringing traditional Belgian dishes to American palates. There to represent his company was Didier Leveque, the president of Belgian Gourmet. We talked a bit about the different products he had available. He offered the crowds samples of authentic Liège waffles in both original vanilla and chocolate glaze. Liège refers to the municipality of Belgium by the same name, located in Wallonia, the French speaking region of the country. The waffles are sold prepackaged, like cookies, but excedingly more flaky and rich.
While visiting Belgium Gourmet’s booth, I watched as Monsieur Leveque dressed these waffles in various toppings. It seems the possibilities are endless, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate syrup, or even plain. These desserts are perfect for sharing between friends, and could be a potentially fun creative project for a budding chef, who wants to explore international cuisine. I decided to purchase three of Belgium Gourmet’s Liège waffles to share with all of you (online of course.) So, without further adieu, I give you…
Fruit Topped Liège Waffles (in both chocolate and vanilla)
If you’d like to purchase the waffles pre-made, visit http://belgium-gourmet.com/waffles.html where you can pick them up for $1.85 each or a pack of six for $11.10.
This of course is up to your own discretion, but we used…
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced
- 6 strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced
- some whipped cream to hold the fruit in place
- A knife
First off, clean your fruit in running water and pat dry. Once that’s done, take your banana and slit the peel
then gently remove
Set your bananas aside and tend to your strawberries. First hull them (or chop of the leafy tops)
The rest is très facile (very simple)! Just add a dollop of whip cream to the back of the fruits, and place!
Dress your waffles up however you like (or snack on them plain, also a delicious option!)