The oval-shaped filled waffle (gaufrefourrée)descends from one of the most ancient French pastries, since traditional waffles date from the Middle Ages. At that time, the waffle was very thin and rolled into a stick or cone.
The filled waffle, invented in the 19th century, comes from the MaisonMéert vanilla-filled waffle created in Lille in 1849. Its golden pastry is made of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, butter and eggs. It is first of all hand-cooked in an oven, then is split in two and filled with a preparation of butter and sugar, flavoured with vanilla or rum. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day, with a glass of beer or a cup of hot chocolate.
This dessert comes from a long tradition of waffle-making which the north of France shares with Belgium (Liégewaffle or Brussels waffle, for instance).