Interesting facts about waffles

Thin brittle waffles were first tested so long ago that history has not preserved the name of the pastry chef for posterity. The modern food industry produces thousands of tons of thin waffles every day, making cakes, pastries with a variety of fillings, layers and flavors. There are many recipes for these confectionery products, in addition, every year the world celebrates the day of waffles, recalling the famous invention of the pan for baking fine honeycomb cookies.

The history of the origin of waffles has not preserved the exact date of the first baking of thin biscuits, nor the name of the culinary innovator, nor the country of origin. Apparently, this happened so long ago, when such insignificant events were not recorded in written sources. Each nation made its own contribution to the finalization of the recipe and the name of the crispy dessert. First, the ancient Greeks, then the Germans, the British, the Czechs, the Dutch made corrections both in the composition of the waffles and in his name.

The waffles got their name from the German word Waffel, which means honeycomb, cell, since the imprint of the baking dish of this delicacy resembled a honeycomb. Legend has it that the first waffles were made by the ancient Greeks, however, a modern man would hardly have found in them a resemblance to the usual confectionery.

Another written historical source from the 13th century indicates the German origin of the waffles. By the 15th-16th centuries in Europe, waffles became available only to people of the noble class and kings. The recipes were kept in the strictest confidence, for their disclosure there was severe punishment, up to the death penalty. Several centuries later, hot waffles were sold right on the streets, everyone could see how fragrant thin layered confectionery was baked before his eyes.

Real fans of waffles were Johann Strauss and Frederic Chopin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Pablo Neruda, Alfred Nobel and Sigmund Freud. Holland is called the modern homeland of waffles; in the middle of the 20th century, Dutch travelers brought a recipe for waffles from the USA, where at that time there was a real waffle boom.

There are a lot of baking dough recipes, each country has its own national characteristics. In the United States, August 24 is considered waffle day. It was on August 24, 1869 that Cornelius Swarthout, a resident of New York State, patented his invention - the first frying pan for baking waffles. True, on this day in America they do not bake crispy waffles in the usual sense of Russians, but tiny pancakes cooked in a waffle iron with curly honeycombs. On this day, it is customary to bake and feast on a variety of confectionery products with a wide variety of fillings. In the morning, Americans go to cafes and restaurants, or bake waffles at home, abundantly seasoning them with maple syrup and jam.

Today, in almost every country in the world, you can find a wide range of traditional and exotic waffles on the shelves of pastry shops and shops, including waffles with garlic, seven cereals, with tuna and cheese.