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A stroopwafel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstroːpˌʋaːfəl] (About this soundlisten); literally "syrup waffle") is a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough joined by a caramel filling.[2][3] First made in the Dutch city of Gouda, stroopwafels are popular throughout the Netherlands and the former Dutch Empire and have arguably become one of the best known Dutch dishes.

Stroopwafel
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A plate of stroopwafels
Alternative namesSyrup waffle, treacle waffle, caramel cookie waffle[1]
TypeWaffle
Place of originNetherlands
Region or stateGouda, South Holland
Created byGerard Kamphuisen[1]
Main ingredientsBatter: flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk, eggs
Filling: syrup, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon

DescriptionEdit

A stroopwafel's wafer layers are made from a stiff dough of flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk, and eggs that has been pressed in a hot waffle iron until crisped.[a] While still warm, the waffles have their edges removed with a cookie cutter, which allows the remaining disc to be easily separated into top and bottom wafers. A caramel filling made from syrup, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon—also warm—is spread between the wafers before the waffle is reassembled. The caramel sets as it cools, thereby binding the waffle halves together.[2]

HistoryEdit

Stroopwafels were first made in Gouda either during the late 18th century[4] or the early 19th century[2] by bakers repurposing scraps and crumbs by sweetening them with syrup. One story ascribes the invention of the stroopwafel to the baker Gerard Kamphuisen, which would date the first stroopwafels somewhere between 1810, the year he opened his bakery, and 1840, the year of the oldest known recipe for syrup waffles.[2] Stroopwafels were not found outside Gouda until 1870, by which point the city was home to around 100 syrup-waffle bakers.[citation needed]

After 1870 stroopwafels began to appear in other cites, and in the 20th century, factory-made stroopwafels were introduced. By 1960, there were 17 factories in Gouda alone, of which four are still open.[2] Today, Stroopwafels are sold at markets, by street vendors, and in supermarkets, and since 2016 United Airlines has been serving stroopwafels as a breakfast snack on its domestic flights.[5][b]

VariantsEdit

Cookies similar to the stroopwafel may be found in parts of the Netherlands. Waffels with honey instead of syrup are sold as honingwafels, and cookies with a caramel syrup are sold as stroopkoeken. Crumbs of stroopwafels (trimmings from manufacturing) are also sold in candy cones.[citation needed]

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Popular cultureEdit

In a September 2017 episode of the Great British Bake Off, the contestants had to make stroopwafels, but most failed in what some called the worst technical challenge in the show's history.[9][10]

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Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Historically waffles had a diameter of about 10 centimetres (3.9 in), but they are now available in sizes varying between 5 and 25 centimetres (2.0 and 9.8 in).[citation needed]
  2. ^ Stroopwafels were temporarily replaced with a wafer in mid 2018,[6] but were brought back in January 2019.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Gouda Stroopwafels (Syrup Waffles & Cookies)". Gouda Original.
  2. ^ a b c d e Stroopwafels. Een traditionele Goudse lekkernij Archived 4 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine Gouda-Online.nl. Retrieved on 2 January 2008. (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Stroopwafel. Van Dale Taalweb. Retrieved on 2 January 2008. (in Dutch) Archived 18 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ History & recipe Archived 13 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Stroopwafelshop.com. Retrieved on 3 January 2007.
  5. ^ Lazare, Lewis. "What's Stroopwafel? United Airlines embraces Dutch treat along with fast-growing list of U.S. retailers". www.bizjournals.com.
  6. ^ United Airlines Stopped Serving Stroopwafels and People Are Pissed, Food & Wine
  7. ^ United Airlines bringing back stroopwafels, Chicago Tribune
  8. ^ United Is Finally Bringing Back Its Most Beloved In-Flight Snack, Thrillist
  9. ^ "GBBO suffers its 'worst technical week ever' as viewers blame 'mean' Prue". The Sun. 19 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Was this the most disastrous Bake Off Technical Challenge ever?". Radio Times.

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