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Friday, October 21, 2011
Belgian Waffles with Spiced Apples
One of the tops things on my "want" list when we registered for wedding gifts was a Belgian Waffle maker. I was thrilled when I received it at a shower! Our waffle maker has been used many times. The waffle recipe I use makes 10 waffles, so I typically make a whole batch and freeze what Mike and I don't eat. It makes for a simple and delicious breakfast on busy mornings!
Since it's fall and I have an abundance of apples, I thought I would make some spiced apples to top our waffles. These spiced apples tasted so similar to the ones you can get at Cracker Barrel. My apples were sliced thinly so they would cook quickly, but you can slice yours thicker. The flavors went so well together and I think I have a new favorite breakfast!
And...you're getting lucky today, 2 recipes in 1 post!
Makes 10 waffles
You will need:
1-1/2 cups water
2-1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 packet)
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, separated
1 egg white
1/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups milk
8 Tablespoons margarine, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup lukewarm (105-110 degrees) water, yeast and a pinch of sugar. Let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes, until the yeast begins to foam.
2. Add the egg yolks, 1 egg white, and the sugar to the yeast mixture. Stir until combined.
3. Mix in the remaining 3/4 cup water, milk, melted margarine, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
4. Add flour and salt to liquid mixture and stir until smooth.
5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the flour batter.
6. Let the batter stand for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
7. Preheat your waffle maker to the desired heat setting. (I have a Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker and I've found setting #4 is best).
8. Pour batter onto preheated waffle iron. (Follow any other instructions your waffle iron might have.)
9. Bake waffle until done, remove from waffle iron, and repeat until all the batter is used.
Serve with whipped cream, syrup, jam, powdered sugar, or fruit (see recipe below!)
Source: Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker Recipe Guide
You will need:
2 cups apple cider, divided
5 apples, peeled and sliced
2 Tablespoons margarine
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice**
1. Pour 1-1/2 cups of apple cider in a skillet.
2. Add apple slices and cook until tender.
3. Add margarine and heat until melted.
4. Mix remaining 1/2 cup of apple cider, cornstarch, sugar, and apple pie spice in a small bowl.
5. Pour into skillet and stir until thick.
6. Remove from heat and serve warm.
Tastes great served over waffles or pancakes!
Source: Add A Pinch
**If you don't have apple pie spice, you can make your own. Just combine: 1/4 cup cinnamon, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1 teaspoon allspice, and 1 teaspoon ginger. Store what you don't use in an airtight container.