Stroopwafels, sounds familiar?
This sticky sweet and salty Dutch treat is very popular.
And we love them too!
Making stroopwafels at home might seem quite intimidating.
But that is over now that you can rely on our very personal recipe for stroopwafel!
What is a stroopwafel and what is it made of?
It is typically made with two thin wafers that are filled with a sticky gooey dark syrup.
Main ingredients in every recipe for stroopwafel are flour, butter, sugar, eggs and yeast.
The syrup in the center is made with brown sugar, butter, molasses and other ingredients.
Who invented the stroopwafel?
It is not entirely clear who really came up with them.
Some people believe that the Gouda stroopwafel was most likely invented in 1810 by a man named Gerard Kamphuijsen, a Dutch baker in Gouda, the Netherlands in the late 18th century.
Rumor has it stroopwafels were originally made of scraps of cookie crumbs, leftover sweet dough and syrup and sold as a very cheap bite for poor people.
The golden age of the stroopwafel in Gouda was between 1920 and 1960 when it became a beloved sweet treat for everyone.
What do stroopwafels taste like?
They have a unique flavor that can be described as sweet, nutty, and caramel-like.
The texture is chewy and the center is filled with a rich, creamy caramel syrup.
How do you eat a stroopwafel?
To eat a stroopwafel, start by heating it over a hot cup of coffee or tea for a few seconds.
This will soften the caramel syrup inside and make it easier to bite into.
The flavor is also enhanced when it is warmed, as the caramel syrup becomes even more gooey and delicious.
Once the stroopwafel has softened, you can then break it in half and enjoy the delicious caramel center.
Where can you eat freshly made stroopwafel?
Freshly made stroopwafels can be found in most Dutch bakeries, specialty stores and markets.
You can also find them in some cafes, restaurants and supermarkets in Amsterdam and other large Dutch cities.
We had fresh stroopwafels twice: once at the visitor centre of Kinderdijk (where you find the famous Unesco protected 18th-century windmills) and a second time at the Albert Cuypmarkt in Amsterdam.
Are stroopwafels also popular in Belgium?
Yes, they are very popular in Belgium as well.
We enjoy stroopwafels as a sweet snack with coffee or tea.
They are available in many different varieties and can be found in most (Dutch) supermarkets.
We were on a press trip in Gouda recently and visited Berg’s Bakery.
The visit also included a workshop which we absolutely loved!
Have you ever made fresh stroopwafels from scratch?
It was a first for us as well!
And what can we say.
The stroopwafels were super tasty, just perfect!
Recipe for stroopwafel
Ready to get your hands dirty in the kitchen?
You really want to give this fail proof recipe for stroopwafel a go.
They are so addictive, freshly baked!
Ingredients for 15 stroopwafels
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp (500 g) all-purpose flour
- ½ oz (14 g) dry yeast
- 5 oz (150 g) caster sugar
- 9 oz (250 g) melted unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup (60 ml) warm milk
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a medium bowl, knead the ingredients until a soft dough forms.
- Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for an hour.
- Preheat a stroopwafel iron to 375°F (190°C).
- Divide the dough into 15 equal pieces and roll them into smooth balls.
- Place a dough ball between the heated plate of the iron and press the lid down.
- Cook for about 35 to 40 seconds, or until golden brown.
- Remove the stroopwafel from the iron and bake another dough ball.
- While the freshly baked stroopwafel is still warm, slice it open and spread it with stroopwafel syrup (or a mixture of corn syrup and molasses).
- Close it again and enjoy!
Recipe for stroopwafel syrup
- 7 oz (200 g) brown sugar
- 2 tbsp (55 g) unsalted butter
- 12 oz (350 g) molasses
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp water
- In a saucepan mix the molasses, sugar, water and ground cinnamon.
- Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on it.
- Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the butter until melted.
- Spread the freshly baked stroopwafel with syrup.
Where can I buy stroopwafels in the USA?
You can buy them in the USA at Costco’s and in specialty Dutch or international stores or online.
Some popular brands available in the US include Daelman’s, Dutch Stroopwafels and Dutch Gourmet.
What is a stroopwafel McFlurry and where to get it?
The Stroopwafel McFlurry is a popular dessert available at McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands.
It consists of creamy vanilla soft serve ice cream mixed with pieces of the Dutch stroopwafel cookie and caramel sauce.
And if you are at a Dutch McDonald’s anyway, also try the very typical Dutch McKroket!
Can you make stroopwafels at home?
Yes, you can make them at home.
There are many recipes available online that will help you make this delicious treat.
Check our recipe for stroopwafel below, it always works!
Do you need a special waffle iron to make stroopwafels?
To make authentic stroopwafels you need a special stroopwafel iron with a grid pattern to give them that authentic look.
With the same iron you can also make cones for ice cream!
There are 2 types of irons: an electric iron similar to a normal waffle iron, and a cast-iron one to make stroopwafels over an open flame.
Are stroopwafels healthy?
Not surprisingly stroopwafels are not considered a very healthy snack.
They are high in sugar, saturated fat and calories.
Nevermind, they are so delicious!
Are stroopwafels the same as pizelle?
They often look similar but they are not the same.
Pizelle are Italian-style wafer cookies typically made with with flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and flavoring ingredients such as anise, vanilla, or lemon zest.
They are thin and crispy and can be rolled or folded into a variety of shapes right after they are baked.
Try our recipe for stroopwafel!
Are fresh stroopwafels better than the store bought ones?
It depends on your personal preference.
Freshly made stroopwafels tend to be softer and melt in the mouth more easily, while store-bought versions are crunchier.
Try out our recipe for stroopwafel below and find out the exact difference!
Both types have their own unique flavor and texture.
Here in Belgium you can find stroopwafels in a regular and mini size, wrapped together or separately.