You may have noticed already that we are working on a series of surprising.waffles for surprising.recipes. So I wanted to make black Belgian waffles with cocoa. Delicious, but still a bit traditional. But in combination with the ingredients for a Black Forest cherry cake they make up for something really interesting: black Belgian waffles - Black Forest style.
About black Belgian waffles - Black Forest style
What would you like to eat? Belgian waffles or a Black Forest cherry cake? Why choose when you can have them both in one recipe? Black Belgian waffles - Black Forest style combine the best of both worlds: Belgian waffles with the classic ingredients for a Black Forest cherry cake: cocoa, chocolate, cherries and Kirsch, the famous cherry water from the Black Forest. And above all, they are so easy to make! Much easier than making a cake!
Tips and variations for Belgian black waffles
Chocolate is so important. But there is chocolate and chocolate! Of course you should use dark Belgian chocolate if you have it available. This chocolate should contain at least 75% cocoa for an optimal result. Otherwise the chocolate is too sweet and we want to have the bitterness of it as a counterweight to the other sweet flavors.
The sugar provides us with enough sweet flavors already. To stay into the dark, I use brown sugar. In my opinion it also tastes better than refined sugar. But if you don’t have it at home, or you prefer to use white sugar, feel free to do so. It does not affect the basics of the recipe.
I used whole wheat flour because I had it on hand. It contains more fiber and is healthier. As a result, the waffles do not stand out and are a bit heavier. White flour or self-rising flour are of course also alternative options. In the latter case (self-raising flour) you should of course no longer use yeast. If you don't have yeast at home, you can replace it with baking powder. The packaging normally indicates how much you need for a certain amount of flour.
As you can see in the pictures, I only used a few cherries for finishing. Next time I will sprinkle them with cherry water for additional flavor (and alcohol). And in the next version, I will first top the waffles with lots of halved cherries. And I will add the cream and some chocolate chips as a last step. This balances even much better with the sweetness of the waffles.
What I didn’t do yet, but is also on my “to-try” list: mixing the cherries with the dough. I think you get even a better bitter-sweet contrast in the waffles themselves! I guess this cannot be wrong!
About Black Forest cherry cake
The “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte“, or Black Forest cherry cake, is probably the most famous German pie. More or less on the same level as the “Wiener Sachertorte” for Austria and Vienna. As for the cherries, the relationship is quite clear. Just about every component of the cake is flavored with Kirsch: the biscuit, the whipped cream and then of course there are the cherries themselves.
Kirsch (cherry water) is a clear colorless brandy made in the Black Forest. It is a double destination of sour cherries, including their stones. Normally it contains about 40% alcohol. It is famous for its usage in the Black Forest cherry cake. But apart from that, it is also used often in a German or a Swiss cheese fondue.
As with many old recipes, it is difficult to trace back in detail where and when they originated. The well-known version of the Black Forest cherry cake probably originated in 1930 in Tübingen, a mall town on the edge of the Black Forest. Today, this city rather belongs to the Baden region. The precursor to this cake is said to be a dessert with candied cherries and whipped cream, flavored with kirsch. It is only from the 1950s that this cake has started to gain a lot of popularity, in Germany and in the world.
Of course, I highly recommend to make this black Belgian waffles - Black Forest cake style. But if you want to make the cake by yourself, you can find some good recipes here:
- Black Forest Gateau (Wikipedia)
- The authentic German recipe for Black Forest cake (platedcravings.com)
- Black Forest cake recipe, German chocolate cake (natashaskitchen.com)
- No bake Black Forest cherry pie (luckyleaf.com)
As mentioned in the introduction, we have a series of surprising.waffle recipes on surprising.recipes. Feel inspired by the following ideas:
- Belgian red tandoori waffles
- Savory potato waffles with figs and plum compote
- Belgian blue cheese bacon waffles
- Curry mini-waffles
- Rabbit in cherry beer on potato waffles
If you speak Dutch, you can find the Dutch version of this recipe on gerechtenweb.blog.