Waffles are a speciality that the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region shares with Belgium.
They come in many shapes and sizes, including filled stroopwafels, Liège waffles (thick, and made using lumps of pearl sugar), waffles with holes, Belgian waffles, hard waffles (little round, dry waffles made by cooking little balls of waffle dough in an iron with a fine honeycomb pattern).
The wide variety is matched only by the wide choice of toppings and fillings: sugar, chocolate, preserves, whipped cream, maple syrup, etc.
The name waffle comes from the term "wafre" in French, which around 1185 described a "sort of pastry cooked between two hot plates moulded into a pattern".© GRAPHICOBSESSION
Northern France isn't the only place that waffles are made. Scandinavian waffles are heart-shaped, very thin, and garnished with sweet or savoury accompaniments.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
It was Maurice Vermersch from Brussels who gave this treat its name.© Kittijaroon Panjasuparuk / 123RF