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Published July 10th 2016
An Unexpected Outback Gourmet Treat
I have found the Big Waffle! In the far flung town of Coonalpyn lives the home-away-from-home of Liège Waffles. Liège Waffles are also made and loved in Liège, Belgium, where every town has its own version of the dessert delicacy. In Liège, waffle dough is coated in beet sugar and then cooked to gain its characteristic sweet crunchy crust. The free-form shape of the waffle blends beautifully with free-form blobs of vanilla ice cream and nutella sauce.
Waffles and Jaffles is run by Claudia and Rachid, who grew up in Liège. Missing the beautiful waffles of his home town, he initially set up shop in a tent on the side of the Dukes highway. Business grew and they found a bricks and mortar home to share their gift of cooking with their new outback Australian home and the many highway travellers smart enough to pull over at the Big Waffle.
I imagine the waffles also marry deliciously with warm apples. I saw this variation ordered and taken away while I enjoyed my chocolaty choice sitting at the sky-blue tables and chairs in a warm patch of sunshine.
Warm apple waffle with whipped cream to go.
The thick waffles, at $4, are very affordable for thin wallets, with toppings ranging from 50c for sauce to $2 for fruit. I found my one waffle with its mountain of ice cream very filling, but if its meal time, the three waffles for $10 might hit the spot. If it is meal time and you want to be sensible and healthy, there is a range of savoury Aussie Jaffles. I confess to being so totally beguiled by the Waffle menu as to not notice this range of delicious-sounding choices until later.
The Jaffle menu is under the watchful eye of Tchantchès. The Waffle menu is watched over by Nannesse, both historical folklore marionettes from the town of Liège in Belgium.
Delicious-sounding Jaffle choices
Waffles and Jaffles are active in their community. They support the work of Careship Coorong that offers therapeutic free-range snail farming practices that support people with dementia. The farm is run by volunteers and provides opportunities for social interaction for isolated and elderly people in the community. The work of Careship Coorong was recognised by the 2015 Community Achievement Awards with a Dementia Care Excellence Award. There is a collection tin on the counter if you would like to contribute to this important initiative that values the older generation.
You would be crazy to drive past.
Next time you are driving from A to B, be sure to stop at C. C is for Coonalpyn, on the Dukes Highway, the best place to Eat Liège Waffles this side of the equator.