History of Bruges
In the 1300´s and 1400´s, Bruges was a wealthy city in Europe, filled with bankers from different countries, that was a major textile trade center. However, its water connection to the sea closed naturally in the 1500´s, leading to its economic downfall. The city first became a tourist attraction in the 1900´s.
Lace Cookie from Bruges in Belgium
A special type of tuile cookie (a thin wafer that is pliable when warm and bent into the shape of a rooftile, or tuile) is left flat, and its batter leaves irregular holes in the cookie, which are found to be similar to lace. The cookies are thus named after the lace and this town, and are called "Dentelles (lace) de Bruges". Another name for the same cookie is "Bruges Kletskoppen (shiny head of a bald person)", in Dutch. The shiny surface of the cookie reminds people of the shiny head of a bald person. The taste is sweet, buttery, and crunchy.
Recipe (Source: www.cuisineaz.com, submitted by Sansan de Romsee to www.cuisineaz.com)
150 g butter
250 g granulated sugar
300 g brown sugar or muscovado sugar
250 g all purpose flour
150 g chopped almonds
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
100 g warm water
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cream the softened butter and sugars. Add 100 g of warm water and mix.
Add sifted flour, cinnamon, and salt. After combining them with the rest of the batter, mix in the almonds. Place the batter in teaspoonfuls on parchment paper on the baking sheet; take care to leave a lot of space in between each cookie; an advisable amount of cookies per sheet is 9. If you don´t have parchment paper, you can grease the sheet and place directly on the sheet.
If you use parchment paper, you should bake the cookies for 6 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let the cookies become firmer for two minutes, before removing them from the paper carefully with a spatula, and placing them on a cooling rack.
Result: The cookies are crunchy, thin, with a strong flavorful butter taste.