Cream Puff "Crack Buns" (Choux au Craquelin)
These gorgeous cream puff "crack buns" were inspired by the Great British Baking Show, which is currently my favorite thing on television. Speaking of favorite things, Boston cream pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts, and this was basically an individually portioned, probably superior version of that. These would be great filled with all kinds of things, but it's hard to beat vanilla bean pastry cream (see footnote).
Belgian Iron Cookies
These have been in the family forever. They last forever - they mellow like fine wine. You must have a special iron to bake them over a gas burner. It's like two hinged plates and it usually has a pretty pattern that is pressed into the cookies as they bake one by one.
I learned this while stationed in the Flemish part of Belgium, in a village called Sint-Hubrechtslille. So tasty good, my daughter still asks me to make it for her 10 years later!
I believe another name for Windmill Cookies is Speculaas. The spices "speculaaskruiden" make this cookie so distinctive and were imported centuries ago from the far east.
Fluffy Belgian Waffles
The perfect amount of batter for 3 fluffy waffles in my Belgian waffle maker.
Mussels (Not from Brussels, but Belgian Anyway)
A favourite in any month that does not carry the letter 'R', once again, a typical dish from the north of Belgium and the south of Holland. Usually served with fries and a sourish salad dressing to dip the mussels in. It is a real get-together-in-the-kitchen-dish, as it is usually prepared in 3 or 4 batches every time in the same liquid, which gets better and better.