The Belgians are onto something. Everywhere in Brussels you see people carrying around little plates of luikse wafels with strawberries and whipped cream on top. Messy and delicious. I bought some fresh strawberries the other day and decided to recreate this favorite street food. I usually make biscuits for strawberry shortcake, but for me, this is an even easier dessert because, naturally, I almost always have waffle batter on hand. Not to say I dislike shortcake; in fact, I love it. I just love waffles more.
Strawberry Cream Waffles
For the strawberries:
2 pints fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons sugar
a pinch of sea salt
For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
Also your favorite waffle recipe
- Quarter the strawberries, and take 1/3 of them and mash with a fork. Combine the mashed strawberries with the quartered strawberries and sprinkle with the sugar and salt. Allow to macerate for about a half hour.
- Preheat your waffle iron. Prepare the waffles as directed and keep warm in a 200-degree oven.
- Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer. Mix on low speed until bubbles form, then raise the speed to medium-high. The cream will start leaving a path. Continue mixing until the cream is light and airy, but make sure not to mix too long or you’ll end up with butter.
- Plate the waffles and top with the strawberries and whipped cream.
Easiest dessert ever!