Thursday, January 20, 2011

At Costco? Really?

The first day we were in Belgium five years or so ago, cousin Jan took us into Brussels on the metro and introduced us in the Grande Place to Belgian waffles, hot off the waffle iron, redolent of vanilla and sugar and butter. The addiction was instant. We had at least one waffle daily for the two weeks we were there.

We've tried to find a good recipe for Belgian waffles ever since and have tried making them at home more than once. Jan even brought us pearl sugar from Belgium on a subsequent trip so we could approximate the real thing.

The real thing takes time and extra work, but it's worth it.

Still, you can imagine that the idea of true Belgian waffles, already baked for you and only in need of heating, sounds like an idea I can get behind! Jan found these at Costco. Costco? Really?*

They are called Julian's Recipe waffles and they come individually wrapped in cellophane in a larger plastic clamshell. All you do is warm them in the oven at 350 for two or three minutes, in the toaster on low setting until crisp and warm, or in a microwave on high for 15 seconds. I did mine in the oven since I have lots of time and they were darn good, sugary and toasty and scented lightly with vanilla, similar to the ones in the Grande Place.

Having said that, there is something awfully special about receiving the real deal wrapped in a little square of white parchment paper and dusted lightly with sugar from a guy who happily tells you all about his batter and his waffle iron while the fragrant steam lifts into the cold air of Brussels, surrounded by the stunning architecture of the Grande Place. That first amazing bite, when the waffle is crisp on the outside and almost creamy on the inside - it may just be the ambiance but there is nothing like it in the world.

But Julian's Recipe ain't half bad - next time you are in Costco and in need of a treat, look for these. At Costco? Really?


*I fear my snobism is showing.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

Off to Costco for waffles!

Thursday, January 20, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Solution: Have some paper handy. When the waffles are warm, wrap them and sugar them. Then take them outside!

Thursday, January 20, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, hope you like them!

Cookiecrumb, well, okay, but what about the stunning architecture?

Thursday, January 20, 2011  
Anonymous Richard said...

These waffles are the bomb!! Also make good gift basket items when visiting someone.

Sunday, March 06, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

which Costco did you find them at?

Monday, January 30, 2012  
Blogger Ms Excel said...

They are delicious. I found them at Costco too (Indianapolis).
Unfortunately, I went back this week to buy more and they were gone. I hope it is temporary. They are great for breakfast, snack or put some icecream and hot fudget sauce on them and they are great for dessert.

Monday, March 12, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The waffles are good but too sweet for me. Would buy again only if they had some unsweetened.

Friday, August 31, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are great but when i went back to get more they said they carry them all the time.

Friday, October 12, 2012  

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