Maurice Vermesch baked these waffles (properly called Brussels waffles and, in Belgium, topped with just confectioners' sugar) at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, but only after he sold them at the 1964-65 New York fair did they soar in popularity in this country. Vermersch's daughter Mariepaule wouldn't divulge her family's recipe, but we think we've come very close. One tip she did reveal: Aunt Jemima self-rising flour produces a flavor that is the most like that of the original waffle. James Baigrie
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Sweet, fruity, rich recipes go perfectly with this sour, fizzy beer.

Pilditas Vafeles (Waffle Cones Filled With Sweet Cheese and Berries)

Don’t feel obligated to match the fruit of your dessert with the fruit in a lambic. Branch out: a muscat beer will pair beautifully with whatever berry fills these cones. See the Pilditas Vafeles recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Ginger Peach Pie

Let peaches pile on top of peaches with a dry peche lambic served in a Champagne flute. See the Ginger Peach Pie recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Apricot and Currant Chicken

A sweet and tart sauce should be complimented by a sweet and tart beer. See the Apricot and Currant Chicken recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Mussels in White Wine

The acidity of a gueze, or plain lambic, deliciously complements these sweet briny mussels in just the right way. See Mussels in White Wine recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Crab Louie

Creamy, sweet Dungeness crab thrives against the tart acidity of a non-fruited lambic. See the Crab Louie recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Duck with Cherries

Serve this elegant main course with a medium-bodied cherry lambic, which will both stand up to and cut the richness of this dish. See the Duck with Cherries recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Eggs Benedict

Another brunch dish that’s surprisingly beer-friendly: surprise your guests by serving a fruit lambic that’s an unexpectedly smart pairing for classic eggs benedict. See the Eggs Benedict recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Asparagus Frittata

It can be difficult to find the right wine to pair with asparagus, but a complex, funky, tart lambic will be the perfect accompaniment to this eggy dish. See the Asparagus Frittata recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Belgian Waffles

Beer with brunch? Why not! Try these fluffy waffles with a matching berry lambic, which will bring out the nuances of the fresh fruit topping. See the Belgian Waffles recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

Fennel, Sunchoke, and Apple Salad

The tart, clean flavors of this summery salad help bring out the subtleties of a fruity lambic. See the Fennel, Sunchoke, and Apple Salad recipe » Back to Beer Pairings: 10 Recipes to Pair with Lambics »

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