When you are looking for a dessert to have with your morning coffee, what do you crave? What is your favorite sweet treat that will satisfy the sugar craving? If you are like most people, then there is nothing more satisfying than a nice warm waffle. However, not many people know about the delicious stroopwafel.
A stroopwafels are Dutch treats that come in pairs and consist of two thin waffles with syrup or other fillings sandwiched between them. This blog post will explore what makes these cookies so special and how you can make them at home!
WHAT IS A STROOPWAFEL AND WHY SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?
1. What Is A Stroopwafel
A stroopwafel (pronounced “struh-puh-vehl”) is a traditional Dutch waffle. It’s most commonly found in the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France, but also can be seen in some German bakeries. Just like its American counterpart, it’s made up of two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling sandwiched in between.
The only difference? Stroopwafels are twice as big (approx 4 inches), thinner and sweeter than their Yankee counterparts. They’re also typically served slightly warm with butter spread on top; if not served that way they may still be quite soft, so handle them carefully while cooling down!
2. Why Should You Know About It
So why should you know about stroopwafels? Well for one thing, having never been to Europe myself, I really wanted an excuse to talk about them. For another–and more importantly–Dutch researchers have recently discovered that eating two stroopwafels can double your exercise endurance, especially in cold temperatures!
That’s right…eating just TWO waffles before exercising could double the time you spend working out in cold weather! How is this possible? The looked at people running on treadmills in cold weather–and found that the people who ate the stroopwafels were able to exercise for twice as long before feeling exhausted, compared to those who didn’t eat anything at all.
It’s believed that this is because of the syrup filling, which provides muscles with glucose (a type of sugar). Our bodies typically burn carbs quickly when exercising hard but if there are carbs available in our system our muscles can store them up and use them later for energy. This results in longer endurance!
The only catch? Eating two stroopwafels won’t just double your endurance…it will actually quadruple it! The researchers found that subjects could exercise four times as long after eating two of it instead of just one.
The syrup filling in stroopwafels is believed to provide muscles with the energy it needs for longer endurance, especially when exercising in cold weather.
An interesting note–this study only looked at the effects of eating a stroopwafel before exercising…not during! Thus far it’s been well-documented that carbs can improve athletic performance when eaten during exercise but whether or not they have any effect beforehand has yet to be determined. That said, there seems to be little downside to grabbing a stroopwafel before heading out for a jog in the park!
It could very well give you an extra boost and may even lengthen your workout by a few minutes…and who knows? Maybe that’s just the extra time you need to round a few more bases, run that last mile or maybe even finish off another piece of pizza!!
THE HISTORY BEHIND THIS DELICIOUS DUTCH TREAT
The history behind this delicious Dutch treat goes way back to the late 1800’s, when an Amsterdam baker began adding syrup to his waffles and selling them as a treat. The stroopwafel has been enjoyed by Europeans and Americans alike ever since!
In fact, stroopwafel have been so popular in Europe that many other countries have created their own version of this traditional Dutch pastry. France makes a cinnamon-flavored version called “pain d’epices”, Germany whips up a version with cocoa, and In America you can find maple syrup-flavored stroopwafels at most grocery stores!
FAQS ABOUT STROOPWAFEL
1. Why Are They So Popular?
Stroopwafel are popular because they can be eaten either on their own or while drinking warm coffee, tea, cocoa…a stroopwafel sandwich is the perfect way to get your caffeine fix! The combination of hot sugary syrup and warm waffle makes it even more irresistible. It’s probably best not to eat too many in one sitting though–stroopwafels are known for having a very high sugar (and therefore calorie) content!
2. Do Stroopwafel Contain Gluten?
Stroopwafel are naturally free of gluten, so you’ll want to double check the ingredients list before buying them. If you have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, it’s best not to eat stroopwafels made with wheat flour. It’s also important to note that many traditional Dutch recipes are available in both traditional and vegan versions, including stroopwafels! Some companies might use eggs or milk ingredients in their waffles–be sure to look carefully at the ingredient list if this is something that concerns you.
3. What Are Stroopwafel Made Of?
Traditional stroopwafels are made with flour, butter, sugar, syrup and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. How Many Calories Are In A Stroopwafel?
By weight, one stroopwafel contains about 108 calories. By comparison, you’d get roughly the same number of calories from a big slice of cake or a candy bar! In general, traditional Dutch treats tend to have a very high calorie-to-weight ratio because they’re dense and solid rather than light and airy. This means you’ll typically have to eat twice as much for half the satiety!
5. What Is “Stroop”? Is It Different From Syrup?
“Stroop” is a kind of syrup which can be made from any variety of plant sugars such as cane sugar, corn syrup or molasses. It is used as a sweetener and occasional flavoring agent in desserts and baked goodies.
“Stroop” is very different from regular syrup (like the kind you use on pancakes), which is made by cooking sugars until it becomes thick and syrupy.
6. The Most Popular Flavors
Dutch Stroopwafel only sells the traditional “cinnamon” variety, which is sweetened with sugar syrup rather than artificial sweeteners.
If you want to try stroopwafels in different flavors like chocolate, apple pie or banana (plus more!), make sure to contact Dutch Stroopwafel directly and ask them if they carry any other types of their delicious waffle treats.
7. What Makes Them Different From Other Types Of Waffles?
Stroopwafel are different from regular waffles because of their compact structure and the way that they’re made. Traditional waffles contain a batter-like mixture with leavening ingredients such as baking powder, while stroopwafels have a solid doughy base and no leavening agents. This means they won’t rise or expand when you cook them, so you’ll get a much denser and more compact treat!
8. Stroopwafels Vs Waffles – Which One Will Win The Battle Of The Taste Buds?
It’s a tough choice, but we’re going to have to go with stroopwafels. Why? Again, it’s because of the density and compact design! The rich flavor and thick texture will really satisfy those cravings for something sweet or indulgent. Plus, they can be used as a stand-alone treat on their own or paired with tea and coffee drinks. We think stroopwafels win this one hand down–and we hope you agree!
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS TASTY TREAT
Stroopwafel are known as “stroopwafel” in the Netherlands, but many people also simply call them “waffles” since they’re very similar to the North American version of this breakfast staple.
Stroopwafels are meant to be enjoyed plain or with tea. Never use these for ice cream sandwiches…they won’t hold up! * The word stroop has its origins in old German dialects which means “syrup”. Dutch speakers adapted this word to make their own name for what we now know as stroopwafels!
The stroopwafel is a variation of the wafer that was first made in Europe. However, it’s a little less crispy and a little chewier than its ancestor.
THE BEST PLACES TO GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME DELICIOUS STROOPWAFFELS
1. In America
The best places to get your hands on some delicious stroopwaffels are New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
(If anyone has good suggestions for where to buy stroopwafels in the United Kingdom, please let us know!)
2. In Holland
The best place to buy stroopwafels in Holland? It’s not easy to answer this question since there are so many different companies producing their own waffle treats!
However, Dutch Stroopwafel is probably one of the most popular brands when it comes to these traditional treats…and we’ve got some insider tips for you too 🙂 The first thing you’ll want to do is visit their website here. If you don’t have time to order online right away, remember that products can also be found at Albert Heijn grocery stores.
RECIPE FOR PERFECT STROOPWAFEL AT HOME
They’re definitely not as well-known as other desserts, but they deserve just as much attention for being a delicious treat that could help improve your workout endurance. One word of warning though…stroopwafels are still fairly uncommon in the U.S., so if you really want one you might have to make a special trip to your favorite bakery or grocery store! If that’s not an option, how about trying these homemade stroopwafel recipes instead??
1. Recipe #1: Traditional Dutch Stroopwafel Recipe
- Two cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 4 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup milk
- 6 tablespoons syrup (preferably not from concentrate)
Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Create a well in the center of the mixture and add the butter, egg yolks and milk. Combine until a dough forms. Form the dough into a 12-inch-long roll about 1 inch thick onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Invert it onto another greased pan while still hot and immediately pour on enough syrup to cover it evenly as soon as you take it out of the oven (the best way to spread this is with an icing spatula).
You can now either let it cool completely or use a sharp knife to cut thin slices off of the roll so that they are even with each other–just make sure they’re not stuck together. If you put them in the refrigerator before slicing, they’ll be easier to cut once they’re cold.
2. Recipe #2: Vegan Stroopwafel
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 4 tablespoons ground flax seed mixed with 7 tablespoons water
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 30 seconds). Add the flax mixture and mix until combined. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended. Spread dough about 3/8 inch thick on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Cut into desired shape while still warm–it’s not recommended that you wait until it’s completely cooled off before you do so.
3. Recipe #3: Urbandictionary’s Homemade Stroopwafel
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 6 tablespoons butter softened
- 4-5 oz milk (you might need to add a bit more)
- 2 tbsp water (if needed)
Combine dry ingredients and then add the butter & mix with a pastry blender or two knives. Add just enough of the milk or water mixture to make a firm dough. Roll out on lightly floured surface and cut with cookie cutter. Bake at 400°F for about 10 minutes; while still warm put syrup (or honey) on one side and press another cookie on top.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE STROOPWAFEL?
Stroopwafel should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature (or colder) if unopened. Once opened, these waffles need to be eaten within a few days–otherwise they will dry out and go stale.
NOW HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT IS A STROOPWAFELS
Stroopwafels are a delicious and unique treat that is definitely worth trying! They’re not too sweet, but the addition of cinnamon gives them an extra pop. What’s your favorite flavor or filling? Tell us in the comments below!