I have a secret. I didn't just fall in love with Jan-Pieter when I visited Europe last year. Something else from the Netherlands stole my heart - the decadent, delicate and cinnamon-y stroopwafel.
What's a stroopwafel, you ask? According to wikipedia it's a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. Balls of dough are pressed on a waffle iron and hot syrup is smeared between two waffles.
According to me, it's the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. Packaged stroopwafels sold in the supermarket are divine - but my favorite are sold on the street, made fresh and served hot (the cutest woman has a stand at Dordrecht's Weekly Market).
It's common to eat a stroopwafel by placing it on a streaming cup of coffee or tea for about a minute, until it becomes warm and soft - but I prefer to eat them directly from the package along side a hot cup of black coffee.
If you visit the Netherlands, you must try a stroopwafel - I'll even treat you to one if you're not convinced. If you're not planning a trip to the Low Country any time soon, pop over to Trader Joe's and try their rendition to whet your appetite- they're not bad :).
I plan on compiling a list of my favorite Dutch treats very soon, but the stroopwafel happens to be my favorite and deserves its own post.
Have you tried a stroopwafel? What's your favorite brand or spot to indulge?