Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Was it the weather, anticipation of Thanksgiving pie, or Starbucks? Something inspired me to open up a can of pumpkin one morning.
First, my 3-step plan for great waffles:
1. Keep waffles crispy
Serve them straight out of the waffle iron, break them up and pass them around, or lean two halves against one another.
2. Keep waffles crispy
Use very little butter and serve “toppings” like berry compote or whipped cream on the side.
3. Keep waffles crispy
Try using a steak knife to cut up your waffles while eating. Clean cuts make for great bites, where a butter knife smashes down the edges. Using a steak knife for waffles isn’t ridiculous, it only sounds ridiculous.
Measuring ROI (Return on Ingestion)
You see, it’s been scientifically proven that soggy waffles have the same number of calories as crispy waffles, so if you’re going to indulge in a starchy treat like this, make it super satisfying and protect the crunch.
If you want to take them up a notch, serve with toasted pecans and nutmeg-dusted whipped cream on the side. Grown-ups can mix some bourbon with your syrup. You’re welcome.
Happy fall, everyone.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Waffles
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Beat the egg whites with the Cream of Tartar at high speed just until stiff peaks form. Stop while they are still moist, do not over-beat. Set aside.
- Mix together whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine milk, water, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, vanilla, and the 2 egg yolks.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined, scraping the sides to ensure no dry clumps remain. Gently fold in the egg whites using a rubber spatula.
- Pour the batter into a pre-heated waffle iron and cook until crispy and just cooked through, about 3-1/2 minutes, a little longer than regular waffles. Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)