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A stroopwafel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstroːpʋaːfəl] (About this sound listen); literally "syrup waffle") is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle.[2][3] Stroopwafels are popular in the Netherlands, and were first made in the city of Gouda.

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

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Ingredients and bakingEdit

The stiff dough for the waffles is made from flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk, and eggs. Medium-sized balls of dough are put into a heated waffle iron and pressed into the required uniformly thin, round shape. After the waffle has been baked, and while it is still warm, it is split into thin layered halves. The warm filling, made from syrup, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon, is spread between the waffle halves, gluing them together.[2]

HistoryEdit

The stroopwafel was first made in Gouda either during the late 18th century[4] or the early 19th century[2] by a baker using leftovers from the bakery, such as breadcrumbs, which were sweetened 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 when he opened his bakery, and 1840, the year of the oldest known recipe for syrup waffles.[2] In the 19th century, there were around 100 syrup waffle bakers in Gouda, which was the only city in which they were made until 1870. After 1870 they were also made at parties and in markets outside the city of Gouda. In the 20th century, factories started to make stroopwafels. In 1960, there were 17 factories in Gouda alone, of which four are currently still open.[2]

Since 2016, United Airlines has been serving stroopwafels as a free breakfast snack on its domestic flights.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gouda Stroopwafels (Syrup Waffles & Cookies)
  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.

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