School starts back up tomorrow, and my girl is already asking me what I’m making for breakfast…now, I’m not one of those super moms who send their kids off with a hot breakfast every morning, but I can get a few of these in the oven! 🙂 Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Pumpkin Waffles – slightly adapted from Epicurious
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup milk
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil for brushing waffle iron or cooking spray
Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron. Sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl with buttermilk, pumpkin, and butter until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined.
In a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Fold them gently into the waffle batter, until just combined.
Brush waffle iron lightly with oil and spoon batter into waffle iron, spreading quickly. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm and crisp.
I haven’t made breakfast for the fam in a while. I did a quick Google search of “waffles” and found this highly rated recipe on Epicurious.com. At first I balked at the “3/4 stick of butter” and almost passed this one up. Then I read the amount of waffles this batch makes and didn’t feel too bad about it. In my opinion, there are many more breakfast items out there with lots more “bad stuff” in it than these. This recipe is similar to one I tried earlier, so I wondered what qualified this as a “Belgian” waffle – I thought maybe it was all the butter (the other recipe used oil). It was just a guess but apparently it’s the height from yeast and deep pockets that make it a “Belgian”. According to my search, this version is similar to a “Brussels” waffle. I have a yeasted waffle bookmarked for future experimentation, but I don’t wake up that early on the weekend to wait for a rise – or remember to plan ahead for it.
Verdict: These were really tasty, nice and buttery but not greasy; and I liked them even more the next day out of the toaster. The waffles get a little crunchy and I don’t even need maple syrup. I will make these again 🙂 Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Belgian Buttermilk Waffles – adapted from Epicurious
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 large eggs
Vegetable oil for waffle iron
Put oven rack in middle position and put a large metal cooling rack directly on it. Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs in another bowl, then whisk into flour mixture until just combined.
Brush hot waffle iron lightly with vegetable oil and pour a slightly rounded 1/2 cup of batter into each waffle mold (see cooks’ note, below). Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer as cooked to rack in oven to keep warm, keeping waffles in 1 layer to stay crisp. Make more waffles in same manner.
Ha! Get it? 😉 To be honest, I was more excited to try this waffle cookie recipe out than the waffle recipe. These are fast, easy and tasty. My husband prefers underdone cookies (ick!) but he didn’t mind the crispness of these (I know because he had no problem eating lots). The next day they were even better, kind of caramel-y, chewy and not hard as a rock like some crispy oven-baked cookies. The next day, I took this cookie up a notch by shamelessly adding some to vanilla ice cream with a splash of milk. It’s a lazy-girl wookie milkshake! If you have a waffle iron try these, and if you don’t – hurry up and buy one! Thanks for reading, enjoy!