Apple Waffles with Cinnamon-Cider Syrup
This recipe—which serves 6— embraces great flavors and is delightful enough to even be served as a dessert if you choose. To make the Cinnamon-Cider Syrup, combine 1 quart apple cider or juice, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar and 1 3- to 4-inch cinnamon stick in a heavy medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook at a slow boil for about 1 hour or until reduced to 1 cup. Discard the cinnamon stick. Set aside and keep warm.
Now to make the waffles, combine 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, ¼ cup whole-wheat flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Beat 2 egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer at high speed until stiff and peaks form. Transfer to another bowl and set aside. In the same mixer bowl, combine 2 egg yolks, 1 ½ cups buttermilk and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Mix well. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture until just blended. Stir in the 1 finely chopped red apple—such as Braeburn or Jonathan—and fold in the egg whites. Set the waffle mixture aside.
Preheat the waffle iron and spray with the vegetable cooking spray. Spoon about ¾ cup batter per waffle onto the hot waffle iron. Bake about 5 minutes or until the steaming stops. Serve the waffles hot with the Cinnamon-Cider Syrup. Garnish with red apple slices for a rosy valentine touch. And if you want a more obvious Valentine’s theme, once the waffles have cooled a bit, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create heart waffles. The kids will love them, and it’ll be a great treat to start their day!