These Apple Pie Waffles are loaded with Fall flavor, and they’re perfect for Saturday morning breakfast…or Saturday evening dessert!
Can someone please tell me where the summer went? I feel like Cinco de Mayo was last week, but nope…that was Labor Day. Where did Memorial Day, July 4th and the dog days of summer go? I think someone stole them. Ah, well…at least we’re heading into my favorite time of the year here in upstate New York. Apple Season! Err, wait, I mean Fall!
We’re lucky enough to have several large apple orchards near our house, so we go over about once a week to grab various types of apples for snacking and baking. Ah, who am I kidding? We buy 95% honeycrisp apples. They’re seriously the best apple ever. Honeycrisps are just what they sound like…sweet and crispy. Perfect for snacking! And the honeycrisps around here are huge. They’re easily as big as your fist, and that’s probably erring on the small side. (In fact, today is the first day of honeycrisp season…and I’ll be on my way over to the orchard later this morning!)
However, when it comes to baking, I almost always go with the much tarter Granny Smith apples. The Apple Pie Bars earlier this week used Granny Smiths. Same thing goes for these Apple Pie Waffles. Are you noticing a trend here? Perhaps I have an unfulfilled need for apple pie in my life. Nah. I think it’s more the crisp early mornings and soon-to-be colorful leaves that just makes me crave apple pie everything!
Apple Pie Waffles
Can we talk for a moment about breakfast-desserts? On most mornings, we eat cereal or Greek yogurt + granola. But then occasionally on the weekends, we’ll indulge ourselves a bit and make something tasty for breakfast. But our tasty weekend breakfasts could just as easily be tasty weekend desserts.
For instance, blueberry muffins are a huge favorite around our house. But I would be perfectly happy eating a blueberry muffin for dessert in the evening. Similarly, these Apple Pie Waffles were initially intended to be served as a dessert (note the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top). However, we ended up toasting up the leftovers for breakfast the next morning (minus the ice cream), and I think we actually preferred them as breakfast fare.
The mere fact that my wife and I debated whether these Apple Pie Waffles made a better breakfast or dessert proves my point. I acknowledge that breakfast-desserts are not necessarily the most healthy way to start your day, but for us the weekend is all about enjoying a couple of tasty indulgences that we don’t allow ourselves during the week.
What are your thoughts on this whole breakfast-dessert thing? Would you rather eat these Apple Pie Waffles for breakfast or dessert?
And to fulfill your waffle cravings, check out the other waffle recipes below for anything from Appetizers to Desserts (and everything in between, too)!
Waffle Week 2015
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- Chocolate Strawberry Waffles by Dinner at the Zoo
- Banana Split Waffles by Cravings of a Lunatic
Did you make these Apple Pie Waffles at home? Leave a comment. Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). Cheers!
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Apple Pie Waffles
For the Waffles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp apple pie spice or 1¾ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice and ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1¼ cups buttermilk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs separated (see note)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large apple shredded or very finely diced (~1 cup when shredded)
- Vanilla ice cream
- Additional diced apples
- Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and apple pie spice until well combined. Set bowl aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vegetable oil, sour cream, egg yolks and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Add wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients; gently stir until well combined, but do not overmix.
- Fold the shredded apples into the batter.
- Using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter. Do not overmix.
- Spray a waffle iron with non-stick spray and preheat iron.
- Spoon batter into waffle maker, taking care not to overfill.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until done.
- Serve immediately or place waffles in a 300°F oven for up to 15 minutes while other waffles bake.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream and additional diced apples. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon before serving.