A sweet tooth is your greatest asset when visiting Belgium. Known for the best chocolate in the world, the country revolves around desserts and delicious sweet treats all day long.
You will always have some space left over to eat one of their delicious delicacies, as the Belgians sincerely believe that their desserts don’t go to your stomach, but go straight to your heart. Enjoy their sweets and start tasting!
A delicious cooking activity that people do a few days before the New Year. It is a Belgian tradition in the West Flanders region, where Bruges is the capital.
So, the ladies of West Flanders, or at least the older generations, bake these thin butter waffles called ‘Lukken’ to enjoy the time with their children and grandchildren and give them away for good luck for the coming year. They are thin, crispy and delicious.
2. Chocolate mousse
This is the ultimate dessert in Belgium, especially since it’s made with Belgian chocolate. These days, you can find chocolate mousse made from all kinds of chocolate, so it never gets boring.
A good chocolate mousse should melt in your mouth, is light and airy and super creamy. It is definitely the dessert to have after eating a delicious dinner and it will melt in your mouth no matter what flavor you try.
3. Rice pudding
Rice pudding is said to be eaten by the angels in heaven with golden spoons. Sure, it tastes heavenly when you eat rice pudding in Belgium.
Make sure the milk is fresh, so we’re talking fresh cow’s milk and not 5% fat milk; it also helps with the color. But the yellow color also comes with the addition of saffron, an essential ingredient in making rice pudding the Belgian way. Top it off with some cinnamon and brown sugar to taste, a dessert from heaven.
This has been baked in Belgium since the 17th century and has a flat, round shape. It is very typical in Belgium to find regional delicacies, and these can be found in Maaseik near the Dutch border.
There used to be a harbor there, so it was a party for the skippers. The name comes from the sound it makes when you take a little of it, and it’s topped with these very delicious sugar chunks.
5. Chocolate Truffles
But not the one you put on your expensive dinner, the chocolate covered one. To make the distinction, people call them chocolate truffles. They have chocolate ganache inside and are made in several steps.
The chocolate ganache needs to cool first, so it’s a little hard before you dip the truffles in melted chocolate and then roll them into chocolate flakes. This way you eventually have this crunchy chocolate praline with a nice soft chocolate filling.
In Belgium, waffles are traditionally eaten as a snack around 4 p.m., so not for breakfast or dessert. Of course, Belgians have waffles available at any time of the day these days. The waffles for takeaway are sure to pick up the pace in the winter, and waffles are not only delicious to eat, but mouth-watering to smell.
You can find waffles with any topping, think chocolate, fruit, whipped cream, and anything your candy-loving heart desires.
7. Liers Vlaaike
Slightly savory in taste, these pies or tarts were invented more than 300 years ago, in Lier. The basic ingredients are breadcrumbs, candy syrup, milk and spices. Then you just add the typical ingredients from the region and you have a Vlaai specific to each region in Flanders.
Yet it all started in Lier and it is once again a traditional dessert that is passed on from generation to generation. Very often, raisins are added to it, and children learn to appreciate it only from 12 years; for that, they will often grab the rice pudding instead.
The original ones are the purple ones, made from natural gum arabic and the raspberry flavor also adds to the color. In Belgium they are called small noses because they have a light nose shape. They are very sweet, as they are mainly made of sugar, and they can start a war between traders over who has the best.
They have a hard outside with a sticky inside and come from the city of Ghent. Nowadays you can find them in all kinds of colors and even in the supermarkets.
9. Mattencake from Geraardsbergen
The quality of the Mattentaart is linked to the quality of the milk and therefore the main ingredient. Other ingredients include buttermilk, eggs and almonds. These cute little tarts, made as a single serving, are said to have originated in the Middle Ages.
You can even find them in the famous paintings of Pieter Brueghel. And in Geraardsbergen, the place where it all started for the Mattentaart, they have a full day at the end of April to celebrate this delicious cake.
Although very often mistranslated as gingerbread, a gingerbread cookie is much more than that. It is a Belgian tradition and delicacy, no matter what the Dutch say. Traditionally they have speculaas in December, just before Sinterklaas. It is a celebration for children that is often accompanied by sweets.
Nowadays you can eat speculaas every day of the year, and Lotus is their biggest brand and exports the product! A cup of coffee with a piece of gingerbread, they form a winning team in Belgium.
11. Bread pudding
It’s more than just a great recipe for avoiding food waste, because it tastes great. Bread pudding can be found in any local bakery, especially on the days just after a busy weekend.
Moreover, it is also popular as a dessert after a typical Belgian lunch or dinner. Warm up your piece of bread pudding, add some ice cream and just enjoy this delicious candy.
12. Bresilienne Cake
A Bresilienne pie is made in several stages. First, there is a yeast dough for the bottom, a real vanilla cream pudding for the filling, a flan for the other filling and whipped cream on top; plus, don’t forget to add the Bresilienne nuts, as the nuts are the reason the pie is so named.
Bresilienne nuts are hazelnuts that have undergone a process of caramelization. Without the nuts it’s just a flan and who wants that when you can have a Bresilienne pie.
Not really a dessert, more of a liqueur. With its strong yellow color it certainly looks different. The color comes from the main ingredient, which is eggs. Add some brandy and sugar and you get this custard-like consistency drink.
However, people don’t just drink it; the way to have it is in a small chocolate cup and spoon it out, then you eat the thumb size chocolate cup with the leftover eggnog in it. They also put it on cakes and in pastries, and it’s just delicious.
14. Chocolate Moelleux
Even though it has a French name, this dessert can be found in Belgium; hey, the Belgians are famous for their chocolate, so every chocolate dessert is a victory in Belgium.
Moreover, half of Belgians speak French as their mother tongue, so it is on a Belgian menu in every city. Since they use Belgian chocolate and know how to make it really rich in flavor, this is a great way to finish off your dinner.
The literal translation would be “fried donut balls,” and they do taste a bit like a donut. You can often find these treats at a fair where you can buy them in their typical cone bags, covered with powdered sugar.
People rarely make them at home because you would cover your whole house with a greasy smell. But when you walk through a fairground, you can just follow your nose and find the stall where they make and sell them.
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