Waffles with beer

16th century

Preparation info
  • Makes about


    large waffles (depending on your waffle iron)
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Dark Rye and Honey Cake: Festival baking from the heart of the Low Countries

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

  • About

This recipe for thick beer waffles is one of three thick waffle recipes that I found in a 16th-century handwritten cookery manuscript from Ghent. Its title says ‘To make thick waffles you do not split’, showing that some waffles were split and doused in butter, while these were left whole, though often also doused in butter. All three recipes are made with beer, which gives an interesting flavour note to the waffle. We cannot say exactly what 16th-century beer tasted like; as with many thin