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Uniquely Belgian Breads?

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tn gabe

Uniquely Belgian Breads?

Not sure what got me onto this idea, but I started thinking about Belgian bread today. I've hit the google and tried the search. Waffles aside, seems like there is a restaurant in Chicago with that name. Other than that, I'm left wondering about the breads of a country that has so many of the world's best beers (well, my favorites at least). Specifically if there are unique breads from the lambic-producing region south of brussells or their are trappist breads on par with their better ales.

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eliabel

I live in Brussels and I have a book for Belgian bread bakers, but I cannot remember breads made with beer. But certainly breads in Brussels are good. Belgian breads, as  far as I can judge, belong to the French panification tradition. They are basically the same that those you can buy in the North of France. The Dutch influence is much weaker.