Monday, July 22, 2024

A Zinneken’s Liege waffle with a Speculoos cookie butter drizzle. (Photo: Madeleine Aitken)

Price: $6 

After eating some fabulous waffles while traveling in Belgium a couple years ago, I have been on a quest to find a comparable version stateside. At Zinneken’s, I finally found it. Initially, I was skeptical – “Belgian waffles” don’t always taste like waffles from Belgium – but I ordered a Liege waffle (“soft ’n chewy,” as opposed to the “light ’n crispy” Brussels waffle) with a drizzle of Speculoos cookie butter (to really channel my inner Belgian). To my pleasant surprise, the texture was exactly as I remembered it: magically crunchy and chewy at the same time. Zinneken’s Belgian owners import Belgian pearl sugar for their Liege waffles, which caramelizes into the dough during the cooking process. This is the secret to achieving that special texture, and Zinneken’s has mastered it. I appreciated that the waffle was not overly sweet, allowing for sweet toppings and the focus to stay on that fabulous bite.

Zinneken’s, 1154 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge

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