Daelmans recently sent me a wonderful hamper of their delicious Stroopwafels so I could take part in the coffee spread challenge. Stroopwafels are caramel waffles filled with buttery syrup enriched with natural Bourbon vanilla. They are incredible straight from the pack, but they are even better when balanced over a cup of hot coffee. The steam gently melts the caramel bending the Stroopwafel into what Daelmans call their Stroopsmile. The warm, luscious biscuit is simply divine.
Stroopwafels come in packs of eight in a decorative cube box (RRP £1.99 in Tesco and the Co-Op). You can also find them in a lovely metal gift tin, which would make a lovely little Christmas gift or stocking filler (RRP £2.99 available online at Daelmans). You can also get Mini Stroopwafels in a resealable pouch, which are great for snacking. The kids loved these miniature Stroopwafels, which are bitesize versions of the full size ones (RRP £1.99 from Tesco).
Daelmans are a traditional Dutch bakery and the Stroopwafel range has a very continental feel, so I thought that the perfect accompaniment to the biscuits would be a delicious spread of French stick and a selection of continental cheeses including Holland's own Edam and Gouda. It all felt very European and reminded me of some wonderful family holidays we have enjoyed over the years. Some festive Christmas tree shaped waffles and a bunch of juicy red grapes completed the spread.
I served the spread with a cup of freshly machine made continental black coffee, to showcase the Stroopwafel at its very best. The glass coffee cups added to the occasion.
The children really enjoyed warming their Stroopwafels over my coffee! Thankfully no Mini Stroopwafels ended up in my drink! The delicious gooey caramel centre is just so indulgent. We are now all huge fans of the Stroopwafel, which promises to be a regular treat in our home.
12 year old Kezia gave her own Stroopsmile after enjoying her continental spread. It really was the perfect Sunday afternoon late lunch spread. We loved the continental theme of the spread, which made for a really informal, family friendly and fun meal.