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A Waffle Like No Other…The Liege Waffle ~The Waffle Window May 6, 2012

 

Seasonal Peach Strawberry Waffle

Liege Waffle: Named after the city of Liege in Eastern Brussels.  This waffle is dough based rather than batter based which creates a denser and chewier waffle than the traditional variety.  It is also smaller in size and sweeter in nature due to the incorporation of pearl sugar in the dough.  Once baked, the sugar creates a hint of caramelization on the outside and crunchy bits of sweetness in the inside. 

I tend to develop food snobbery from time to time only after eating something so good at one place that I can’t go back to what I’ve had previously had at other establishments.  It’s happened with coffee and calamari and now it’s happened with waffles.  Yes waffles!  A regular waffle will no longer do.  Only a liege style waffle will satisfy my waffle cravings because they are simply the best I’ve ever had.  The Gaufre Gourmet food cart introduced me to them and now I’m forever hooked. 

My friend from Vancouver Canada was in town recently and wanted to check out the Gaufre cart but it was closed on the last 2 days of her trip here.  I happened to introduce her to these waffles the last time I was visiting Canada and she wanted some during her visit here.   The prospect of eating a liege waffle seemed unlikely until we spent her last day walking down the streets of Hawthorne and spotted the Waffle Window.  We were happily surprised that they served the magical liege waffles!  I’ve heard about this place and walked by it many times but never stopped to take a look at their menu until now. 

My friend opted for the Guittard dark chocolate dipped waffle and I decided to try their seasonal peach and strawberry waffle drizzled with lime curd and strawberry sauce then topped with whipped cream.  Sounds pretty fantastic doesn’t it?  The chocolate dipped one was pretty rich and I don’t think I could  eat the whole thing by myself in one sitting.  I did, however, manage to polish off the fruit one with relative ease and I wasn’t even hungry.  They have a great selection of waffle toppings and they get them out pretty quickly.  The only thing they could improve on is yelling your order out louder since the outside seating picnic tables are far enough away that you can barely hear them. 

Location: 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd 503.239.4756

Website: www.wafflewindow.com

Cost:  Chocolate dipped $3.00  Peach/Strawberry around $4.00

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Chocolate Waffle

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A Waffle Like No Other..The Liege Waffle ~ The Gaufre Gourmet December 4, 2011

 

Milk & Honey Waffle

Liege Waffle: Named after the city of Liege in Eastern Brussels.  It is dough based rather than batter based which creates a denser and chewier waffle than the traditional variety.  It is also smaller in size and sweeter in nature due to the incorporation of pearl sugar in the dough.  Once baked, the sugar creates a hint of caramelization on the outside and crunchy bits of sweetness in the inside. 

The Gaufre Gourmet waffle cart introduced me to these magical waffles when they moved from their location in Chinatown to the Green Castle Food Court located in inner NE Portland this past June.  (Note: They have since moved to SW 9th and Alder due to Green Castle closing up entirely).  I happened to get a sample on their grand opening day and told the owner I would be back the next day to buy one with a co-worker.  (I ended up coming back there twice that day which didn’t surprise her because  their waffles “have that effect on people”). 

My co-worker ordered the Milk & Honey waffle with goat cheese mousse, honey roasted pistachios and balsamic caramel sauce.  He was blown away with the first bite and said it reminded him of cheesecake.  I got a chance to sample it and it was savory yet sweet but not overly so. 

I, on the other hand, went a little overboard and ordered the Chunky Monkey made of nutella, bananas, balsamic caramel and candied pecans.  I added chunky peanut butter to make it even more decadent!  I definitely got a lot of people staring at my concoction as I walked around to find a place to eat it.  I think it weighed a least a pound and I managed to eat all of it even though it took me about an hour to do it.  Surprisingly, the waffle part didn’t get all mushy or soggy due to the protective layer of carmelized sugar on the outside. 

I went back there 2 days later and ordered a plain one that was served with only a dusting of powdered sugar.  It was just as good without all the toppings.  My only concern is every waffle I eat from this moment on will be compared to the liege style ones and very few will make the cut to waffle greatness.  I know this because I went on vacation to Canada and had to google liege waffles to find a place that makes them because a regular one wasn’t going to satisfy my waffle cravings.  Yup, they are that good!

Chunky Monkey

Location: SW 9th and Alder

Cost: Milk and Honey $6/ Chunky Monkey w/ additions $6.50