So what do I do immediately after he tells me this? Decide that 1) I am going to bake those pumpkin doughnuts this weekend; and 2) that this recipe for Pumpkin Waffles should be my next post.
I used to make some combination of waffles, sausage, and eggs for breakfast every Saturday and Sunday for Sean and myself. Somewhere during my first year of grad school I became lazy (read: exhausted) and stopped doing this. Sure, Sean is perfectly capable of making some breakfast--in fact, he makes some mean eggs and bacon--but I feel a little guilty about letting this tradition/ritual slide. So now I'm trying to bring it whenever I can. This past Sunday seemed like the perfect time, since we didn't have any plans that involved leaving the apartment. I figured rather than reaching for the boxed waffle mix, which will do in a pinch, that I'd try a recipe that was a little more labor intensive and interesting.
Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens for this recipe.
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 3/4 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
2 eggs, separated
3 tbs butter, melted
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and ginger. Set this bowl aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin, egg yolks, and melted butter. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture all at once, and stir to combine. The batter should be pretty lumpy.
In a small bowl, using an electric mixer on highs peed, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the pumpkin mixture. There should be a few streaks of egg white visible still.
Heat your waffle maker, pour in some batter (amount will depend on size of your waffle maker), close the lid and bake according to manufacturer's directions.
|Calphalon waffle maker ftw: Another awesome wedding gift =D|
We served ours with a little butter and syrup.
|Sean was kind and patient enough to let me photograph his waffle before digging in. Thanks, honey!|
Lack of pumpkininess (totally made that up) aside, these waffles were good! They end up being a nice warm color, and are tender, and taste good. They're much better than anything that comes out of a box. They definitely require more effort than the "just add water" boxed mixes, but are much tastier. Give them a shot if you have some extra time on the weekend.