The Waffle Factory opened its doors in late October. Even from the outside, the tiny building at 30 North Avenue smells amazing; sweet and warm with the smell of maple syrup.
With oodles of toppings to choose from, the favorite at our table was waffles topped with strawberries. And Nutella. And powdered sugar. And whipped cream. And it was amazing. The waffle mix is imported from Belgium; a mix that is a centuries-old recipe. Then a proprietary combination of ingredients is added in a process that takes three hours. The result is an authentic Liege Waffle. My curiosity got the best of me, and I have since learned that making genuine Liege Waffles is a lost art form dating back to the 18th century. Liege Waffles are sweet, full of butter and vanilla, and genuine pearl sugar is a key ingredient. Liege Waffles should not to be confused with the much more common, fluffy, and soft Belgian waffles (despite the same country of origin). Belgian waffles are breakfast food. Liege Waffles are dessert food. Know this difference when you go to The Waffle Factory, and expect to be treated to a sweet dessert – but you can still call it breakfast.
-Jim Maddison, Rochester A-List Contributor
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