April 25, 2013
Our family loves breakfast.We will often have breakfast for dinner once a week. And I’ve been known to have breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Probably my all time favorite breakfast food is a good Belgian waffle. I have dreams about this delightfully out of this world waffle. Isn’t it awesome that we can basically have dessert for breakfast and it be socially acceptable?!
Spicing up ordinary Belgian waffles with apple pie spices, gooey cooked apples and crunchy walnuts is a quick way to turn a simple breakfast into a simply out of this world breakfast!
Next time you are looking for a little extra something special for the breakfast table, give Spiced Apple and Walnut Waffles a try.
Gather the ingredients: brown sugar, all-purpose flour, wheat flour, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, milk, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, an apple and chopped walnuts. Collecting all this takes a bit of work, but it will be worth it in the end.
Start by peeling your apple (I used a medium sized Granny Smith), and then cut it up into bite sized pieces.
Place the apple pieces in a small sauce pan and add about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon plus 1/4 cup of water. Cook this over medium heat. You’ll want to bring this to a boil and let it cook until the apples are soft.
While the apples are cooking, combine the dry ingredients.
Add the spices. And whisk it all together until it is well combined.
After about 10-15 minutes, the apples should look something like this:
I chopped my walnuts up a bit more finely by given it a good pounding before opening the bag.
Now mix together all of your dry and wet ingredients, and then add the apples and walnuts. You’ll want to drain any excess water from your apples.
After your waffle iron has heated, put on some of the waffle batter. I put about 1 cup onto my Belgian waffle maker. (In the market for an excellent waffle iron? You can find the one that I use here. It’s the kind that you flip, so the batter gets evenly dispersed over the griddle. I love it.)
Four minutes later, you get this perfection.
At four minutes a piece, these waffles take awhile to make. Instead of serving one up at a time, place cooked waffles on a cookie sheet into an oven pre-heated to 200 degrees F.
Now that they are all cooked, serve a Spiced Apple and Walnut Waffle up with your favorite breakfast sides. That’s fried eggs and turkey bacon for us.
Spiced Apple and Walnut Waffle love.
Now go eat a whole stack of them!
Alright, so if you don’t want to eat a whole stack in one sitting, they freeze really well. Wrap them in wax paper so they don’t stick together in the freezer. You can heat them up in the microwave or oven.
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, separated
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- Peel and core apple. Then chop apple into bite sized pieces. Add apple to saucepan with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup water. Cook on medium heat until apples are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add brown sugar, flours, wheat germ, baking powder and spices to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined. Add milk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and free of must clumps. Drain water from apples. Fold apples and chopped walnuts into batter. This batter will be thick.
- Pour 1 to 1 1/2 cups of batter into pre-heated waffle iron and cook for 4 minutes (or according to the manufacturer’s instructions). You may also cook waffle until steam has mostly stopped coming out of waffle iron.
- Remove waffle from iron and serve immediately or keep warm in oven pre-heated to 200 degrees F.