Surely you have already heard about the famous stroopwafels, even if you have just arrived in town. The stroopwafel (literally “wafer with syrup”) is a typical Dutch biscuit composed of two thin wafers between which is spread a type of caramel syrup called stroop or siroop.
A legend attributes the invention of stroopwafels to Gouda’s baker Gerard Kamphuisen, who would prepare them using the scraps of the bakery, like bread crumbs, sweetened with syrup.
If you have some free time, you can try to prepare them yourself at home. But how to cook them? Here the ingredients and instructions to prepare them in 4 steps, adapted from A Dutchie Baking:
25 grams of fresh yeast
1 tablespoon of warm milk
125 grams softened unsalted butter
75 grams of granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
250 grams of simple flour
100 grams Dutch dark syrup (keukenstroop)
63 grams of dark cane sugar
50 grams of unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- Dissolve the yeast in milk. Add the butter, sugar and egg to the bowl and mix until combined. Add the flour and knead until a smooth dough is obtained. Form a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and leave to rest in a warm place for about 60 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 30-gram pieces and shape each piece into a ball. Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Heat the syrup, then incorporate the sugar, butter and cinnamon. Allow to cool to lukewarm.
- Preheat the wafer plate. Place one ball at a time in the center of the pod pad and close it, but not too firmly. Cook until browned, then remove from the iron and immediately cut the waffles in half. The wafer must be warm or too fragile to cut. Spread about a tablespoon of syrup on one half and place the other half on top. Push them together. Heat the syrup if necessary.
Stroopwafels around Groningen
If you don’t have time to cook stroopwafels or if you want to eat them right away, you can find many places around the City where to buy them.
You can find them in the marketplaces. In Vismarkt and Grote Markt there are several stands that sell freshly baked stroopwafels. One of this stand is called Buurman & Buurman and it has baked stroopwafels for 4 years.
However, they can be found in many cafes and in any supermarket in the City.
Supermarkets sell packaged stroopwafels in packages of about 10/12 pieces.
Also Packaged stroopwafels have a good taste. But it would be better to eat them warm. So, Mrs Irene Kloosterman suggests “You can put your stroopwafel on top of your mug of tea or coffee and let the steam soften it for a couple of minutes. The steam heats the cookie and melts the inside layer so that it’s warm and gooey.”
By Emanuela Gianlorenzo