waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

I know some people may be sick of pumpkin recipes. I am not one of them. I look forward every fall to the beautiful winter squashes and pumpkins that fill the farm markets. This is a simple and tasty recipe that will make breakfast special. Because of the pumpkin- or cooked squash- these waffles need to be cooked until golden brown to be crispy. I love them with maple syrup or a dusting of powdered sugar. They would also be great as the base for chicken and waffles.

Pumpkin Waffles

¾ c. mashed, cooked pumpkin or winter squash
½ c. flour
1 egg, beaten
¾ c. half and half or milk
1 T. melted butter or oil
1 tsp. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
Pinch of cloves

Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Cook in prepared waffle iron until golden brown.

Bacon Waffles

Bacon Waffles

Bacon Waffles

For me, breakfast doesn’t get much better than waffles. Well, unless maybe you add bacon to the waffle batter. Truth is, I don’t treat myself to waffles all that often, but if I am going to eat waffles I go all out. These are truly wonderful waffles. Light, crispy on the outside and studded with bacon. A drizzle of  warm maple syrup and you are good to go. So, if you are looking for a special treat for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner or a snack… try these bacon waffles. You can thank me later.

 

Bacon Waffles

1 pound sliced bacon
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, separated
1½ cups milk
¼ cup butter, melted
In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain; crumble and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat egg yolks, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Add bacon. Before making each waffle, stir batter. Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.

Orange-Pecan Waffles

Orange Pecan Waffles

Orange Pecan Waffles

Was looking for something special for breakfast with a friend. Started with my basic vanilla waffle recipe and had some fun with it. I really enjoyed the combination of pecans with orange juice. Served them with warm maple syrup. There was one left over so I added it to Parker’s chicken for dinner. Yes, the dog got chicken and waffles for dinner!!! He was one happy dog.

Here is the recipe.

Orange Pecan Waffles

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 t. orange zest
2 eggs
1 cup orange juice
½ c. milk
½ c. melted butter
1 T. vanilla
¾ c. pecans. Note: Probably would have been better to chop them up a little. I just tossed them in the batter whole.

Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. Beat together remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients mixing until smooth. Cook in a waffle iron until crisp.

 

Chocolate Waffles

Chocolate Waffles

Chocolate Waffles

These are fun because they can be for breakfast, brunch or even dessert.  I like to make a batch and keep them in the freezer. That way I can pop them in the toaster when I need dessert  in a pinch. Topped with a scoop of ice cream and fresh strawberries they make a great dessert for a last minute dinner with friends.

Chocolate Waffles

 2 eggs, room temperature

1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled

1 t. vanilla

1 c. buttermilk

1 c. flour

3/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 each baking powder and baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. nutmeg

Beat first three ingredients until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Beat in dry ingredients just until blended.  Bake until waffles are cooked through. Makes 4 cups batter. Serve with whipped butter or sour cream and fresh fruit. I like them just dusted with powdered sugar, too.

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