Monday, October 6, 2008
Autumn Apple Gruyere Waffles with Cider Maple Syrup
While looking through Dorie Greenspan's book, Waffles from Morning to Midnight, I saw a recipe for Apple, Onion, and Gruyere Waffles. In the recipe description Dorie says that she came up with this waffle because of an omelet that a friend of her makes that features these flavors. I absolutely love sweet and salty, and fruit and cheese pairings, but am not a fan of onions or omelets, so I left out an egg and the onion, added an extra apple, and fiddled with the recipe until I had a perfect more breakfast version of her waffle. In Dorie's book, her waffle is featured in the "Dressed for Dinner, Main-Dish Waffles and Sidekicks" chapter, and has a topping of lightly picked onions. The version I ended up with is just perfect for a fall weekend breakfast, maybe before heading out to an orchard or pumpkin patch, they seem to say 'good morning, welcome to fall.'
Autumn Apple Gruyere Waffles
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup white sugar
2 cups milk
2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup shredded gruyere cheese
Lightly spray your waffle iron with cooking spray, I like the Smart Balance Spray. Preheat your waffle iron. Melt the butter in the microwave and set it aside to cool a bit while you get everything else together.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add in the milk and egg and whisk together until just combined. Gently stir in the apple dices and shredded cheese, lastly stir in the melted butter.
Add the batter to your favorite waffle iron, and bake until golden brown and crispy on the outside. The baking time will of course depend on your waffle maker size so just go with what it says in the manual.
Cider Maple Syrup
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons corn starch disolved in 1/2 cup water (stir with fork until no lumps remain)
In a small sauce pan heat the maple syrup and cider until lightly boiling, stirring frequently, add in the corn starch mixed with water, and continue stirring until completely mixed in. Gently simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened to the consistency you like your syrup. This is a really sweet syrup and a little goes a long way.
These waffle are also a great grab and go breakfast without the syrup.
How can anyone resist these cute little Baby Belgians? I love my mini waffle maker, although it is just one of many that I own. My husband prefers the Big Belgian waffles (just curious, do you call them Belgian Waffles or Belgium Waffles?) the kids like their waffles to be Mickey and Minnie, the kids absolutely love the special shaped waffles :) What is your favorite waffle iron?