Traditional Pastries of Wallonia

Sweet, fruit, cheese or savoury, the pastries of our region are among the highlights of Walloon gastronomy. 

The recipes have scarcely over the years: big or small, they are always round and packed with different flavours.

 

Sweet versus Savoury

The best-known specialities are the Verviers rice tart, the sweet tart of the Chaumont-Gistoux region, and the celebrated tarte al Djote – with chard and cheese – from Nivelles.

Their recipes are carefully guarded secrets.

Wherever you wander in Wallonia, you’ll always find a boulangerie along the way, so you can decide for yourself whether you prefer the sweet ones to the savoury ones.

Rice tart: the doyen of Walloon pastries

The first reference to this tart appears in a cookery book dating from 1604 (entitled Ouverture de Cuisine – Opening the Kitchen, by Lancelot de Casteau, for all you history fans out there).

In the Verviers region, you’ll find the biggest rice tarts, with the tempting optional extra of a macaroon topping.

For those with a sweet tooth

Sweet tarts can be found in the Hainaut and Brabant regions, with perhaps the best of them to be found in the town of Chaumont-Gistoux.

And another ideal place to try them is for lunch on the run at the foot of the collegiate church in Nivelles.

Sweet or savoury, the choice is yours.