These Pecan Pumpkin Waffles are packed with tasty autumn spices…and they’re perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!
Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, guys. Have you figured out your costume? More importantly, how much of your Halloween candy have you already eaten? (I get it…you were just taste-testing it for quality control purposes. It’s ok.)
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year for a lot of reasons…I mean you get to dress up in fun costumes and act like a kid again. That alone is reason enough to make Halloween my favorite holiday. But then you throw in spooky stories and candy, and you end up with a crazy, fun time of the year! (Plus, Halloween is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season. Awesome!)
Every year, my wife and I carve pumpkins together a couple of nights before Halloween. We used to do this with friends back in grad school, but now it’s become our little tradition. And I’m not talking the jack-o-lanterns with triangles for eyes here. I’m talking legit awesome pumpkins!
My wife loves her some Celine Dion, so of course she carved a pumpkin featuring Celine. Me? Well, I opted for one of the characters from Where the Wild Things Are. And, of course, Einstein had to make an appearance one year…just because my wife is a
mad happy scientist.
In case you’re wondering, we absolutely use pumpkin patterns. And I’m not one bit ashamed about it. My idea of drawing consists of a stick figure with uneven arms. If I carved a pumpkin without a stencil, it would be scary. Scary bad, not scary good. There’s plenty of great sites out on the interwebs with pumpkin carving patterns, and here and here are a couple of my favorites. (Just use caution when selecting a pattern. Some of them clearly would never actually work…unless you are the Van Gogh of pumpkin carving.) I apologize in advance for making you spend the next hour of your life looking at pumpkin carving patterns.
Pecan Pumpkin Waffles
But enough talk about pumpkin carving…let’s talk pumpkin for real. Like in a recipe. Like in these Pecan Pumpkin Waffles. These waffles are packed with tasty pumpkin and other autumn spices…and they’re perfect for Sunday morning breakfast! These waffles are delicious by themselves, but they’re also a great excuse to break out that jar of the good maple syrup. Maple syrup is nature’s candy, and it deserves to be paired up with these tasty Pecan Pumpkin Waffles!
Love to bake with pumpkin? Then check out some of these other tasty recipes!
Pecan Pumpkin Waffles
For the Waffles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1¼ cups milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup sour cream
- 3 large eggs separated (see note)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- ¾ cup pecans chopped and toasted lightly
- Using a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg) until well combined. Set bowl aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, sour cream, egg yolks and canned pumpkin until well combined.
- Add wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients; gently stir until well combined, but do not overmix.
- 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 4-6 minutes, or until done.
- Serve immediately or place waffles in a 300°F oven for up to 15 minutes while other waffles bake.
- Top with toasted pecans before serving.