zondag 28 oktober 2007

Caramel Coffee warmers

I found this advice from Martha Stewart for a wedding party:

"Just as the coffee is being served, the dancing always seems to begin in earnest, leaving guests with cold coffee when they return to the table. At your reception, offer caramel wafers to rest across the top of the cup -- the coffee will stay warm and the caramel will soften, turning the wafer into a sweet gooey treat. To prevent premature nibbling, the wait staff should let guests know what the wafers are for when they first bring out the coffee". Surf for more information to: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=474d365095043110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=caramel%20wafer

zaterdag 27 oktober 2007

A Stroopwafel By Any Other Name

I found a nice article about "myself" at Rosemary's blog. She writes about collecting cookie cutters, special shaped cookies and traditions and memories built around cookies. This is what Rosemary wrote:

"A number of years ago when we lived for a while in Europe, I became acquainted with the pleasures of a Dutch cookie called a “stroopwafel (translated syrup waffle).” If you have never had one, basically it is a thin, crispy wafer or waffle, sliced even thiner and then a layer of cinnamon carmel syrup is sandwiched between each half. It’s a delicious, gooey confection that’s usually eaten along with a cup of hot coffee or tea. One places the cookie on top of the coffee cup and lets the hot steam soften the syrup layer causing it ooze out of the cookie. Completely decadent and addictive if you have a sweet tooth. Supposedly these delicious cookies were invented in the latter part of the 1700’s in the town of Gouda, famous for its cheese, when a baker used up his leftover crumbs at the end of the day, added spices and covered it with carmel syrup. They became a hit with the common people because they were so good tasting and also inexpensive. Soon enough all of Gouda was making them, and eventually they spread to the whole country. There are street market vendors in all cities in the Netherlands selling them in packages or individually so you can get a nice hot, sticky one to eat any time." Surf for more information to: http://cookiecuttersearch.com/cookiethoughts/

donderdag 25 oktober 2007

friends (and stroopwafels) in groningen

Very often people write about stroopwafels on their weblog. Today I found this little nice story:

......... the next morning in the grotemarkt, we happened upon my very favorite dutch snack - fresh stroopwafels! (stroopwafels are “syrup waffles,” or two thin cookies joined by delicious caramel or sugar syrup). here’s the stand in the market, and here’s rhi enjoying her first stroopwafel : ) see how fresh?? those cookies are still warm, and that big bucket in the back is filled with hot caramel…yum… this is the same stand that i used to come to on market days when i was living in groningen. ................ Read the full story at http://katieincopey.wordpress.com/2007/10/24/friends-and-stroopwafels-in-groningen/

woensdag 24 oktober 2007

Recipe for fresh fruit stroopwafel tarts

Fresh Fruit Stroopwafel Tarts
Stroopwafels go by different names here (I've seen them called honey wafers), and have different fillings ranging from caramel to honey or hazelnut. Look for them at natural food stores for starters.
apples, pears, plum (or whatever seasonal fruit you'd like)
a small tub of mascarpone cheesevanilla extractsugar
honey (or agave nectar)
stroopwafel cookies
Place the stroopwafels under a broiler or in a toaster oven just until their fillings heat up.
Sweeten the mascarpone with a bit of sugar (or other sweetener of your choice). Stir in a small splash of vanilla (you could also explore different liquors at this step). Spread a layer of the mascarpone across each stroopwafel.
Slice half of the fruit into thin pretty pieces and arrange on top of each tart (see photo). Cut the rest of the fruit into smaller pieces and toss in a small bowl with a bit of honey. Arrange this on top of the slices. Drizzle with a bit more honey and enjoy. If found this information at http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001495.html

zondag 21 oktober 2007

Nothing beats a cup of coffee with a real Stroopwafel

You can find many beautifull photo's of stroopwafels at http://www.flickr.com/, here is one with warm colours.

Nothing beats a cup of coffee with a real Stroopwafel according to http://www.flickr.com/photos/84474308@N00/457017891/

Stroopwafels recipe (2)

Here's a recipe that probably doesn't work if you use the above iron. This is an iron for Belgian Waffles instead of Dutch Stroopwafels. If you try this recipe please let me know how your waffles taste, like a Belgian or Dutch waffle.

From the kitchen of Mrs. Watson, in Bowie, MDMakes about 32 pieces(Before you even start, sharpen a thin knife well. I use a filleting knife.)
Wafel Dough:1 teaspoon instant yeast1 teaspoon sugar1/2 pound unsalted butter1/3 cup sugarPinch of salt1 rounded tablespoon ground cinnamon (...don't even be tempted to use less)3 cups flour (...more or less, depending on other moisture in the mix)1-2 eggs (...how small are they? ...how much richer do you want the wafels to taste?)
You can find the rest of this recipe at http://www.fantes.com/waffles.htm#gallette

Stroopwafels at Wikipedia

Stroopwafels (also sold under names such as caramel wafer or syrup waffle cookies) are cookies of Dutch origin, made from two round waffle -like wafers with a caramel filling in the middle. Surf for more information to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroopwafel

vrijdag 19 oktober 2007

Stroopwafel recipe (1)

You can find many different stroopwafel recipes at the internet. Here is a link to the first recipe that I write about. I have not tried it myself and love to get some feedback. Good luck, surf for more information to: http://prietepraat.web-log.nl/prietepraat/2006/05/stroopwafels_du.html

donderdag 18 oktober 2007

Stroopwafels in Berlin

If you live in Berlin than you are lucky because you can buy traditional Dutch stroopwafels from "WaffelPaul". He has made a special bike which he uses as a litle stand. You can find him every saterday and sunday from 14.00 - 22.00 at Oranienburger Stra├če. For more information surf to http://www.waffelpaul.de/

woensdag 17 oktober 2007

Ode to Stroopwafel by Stan P

Ode to Stroopwafel:

O Stroopwafel, O Stroopwafel
Your flaky goodness abounds
O Stroopwafel, O Stroopwafel,
I love your tasty rounds

Like a perfect circle
You are the perfect treat
And with a great cup of coffee
Your taste cannot be beat

O Stroopwafel, O Stroopwafel
In the evening or at dawn
O Stroopwafel, O Stroopwafel
I eat you till you are gone

Though now you may be gone
Your taste is still in mind
And with my new box in hand
Memories of Holland are not far behind.

-Stan P