I’d always fancied myself a pancake girl, but I think that was just because I never owned a waffle maker. Until now. Thanks to my thoughtful sister-in-law, I now possess a beautiful Cuisinart Belgian waffle maker. (It was a joint gift for me and Justin, although I delight in using it, and we both delight in reaping the benefits of it). My favorite part about this waffle maker, aside from the fact that it makes great waffles, is that it can be stored upright without falling over.
Although waffle recipes are very similar to pancake recipes, waffles feel lighter in the mouth. Good waffles have a somewhat crisp crust, fluffy interior, and plenty of pockets for holding butter or maple syrup. Or, in this case, applesauce.
When it is not autumn, I do not love apples. I’ll eat them, sure, but it’s not quite the sensory delight it is when picked fresh off the tree and savored at an apple orchard. So, a nice alternative to eating apples straight is to make applesauce.
Have you ever made applesauce? It’s ridiculously easy. Core and cut an apple into chunks (no need to peel), put in a pot, add a couple tablespoons of water, and simmer until soft. When soft, mash with a potato masher and add extras, if you like. I just like to add cinnamon, but you could also add honey or brown sugar if the apples are not very sweet.
The not-too-heavy applesauce makes a great topping to whole grain waffles. Real maple syrup sweetens the deal, making every bite a combination of flavors and textures. I hope you try this next time you make waffles or pancakes, and let me know how it turns out.
Whole Grain Waffles with Homemade Applesauce
Waffle recipe adapted from The Art of Simple Food
3 large apples, cored and cut into chunks
a few tablespoons water
cinnamon to taste
See above for instructions on making applesauce. Simmer while you assemble the waffle ingredients, about 10 minutes until soft.
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup each rye flour, buckwheat flour, spelt flour, whole wheat flour (can substitute other whole grain flours also)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Whisk together in large bowl.
2 cups buttermilk (or scant 2 cups milk with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar added)
Whisk together, then stir into dry ingredients.
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
Stir into batter. The batter should pour off the spoon; if it is too thick, add more buttermilk. Cook in a preheated waffle iron until crisp and golden. Top with homemade chunky applesauce and maple syrup.
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