Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Pecans

It was 0 degrees the other night. That’s right ZERO. We got 6 inches of snow over the weekend and the temps have stayed under 25 degrees since. I guess that isn’t too unusual for some of you, but around here, it rarely ever happens.

Snow Days call for some serious eats, don’t you think?

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I decided to make Gingerbread Waffles. I’d seen a recipe for them in some magazine, but I couldn’t remember which one it was. Besides, I didn’t want anything too sweet. Waffles call for maple syrup filling the holes and dripping over the top and I didn’t want anything competing with that (except butter, of course, but that’s a whole different competition!).

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Enough talk. Here’s the recipe –

Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Pecans

Makes about 12 waffles

  • 3 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. allspice
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 lg. apple, diced
  • 1/2 c. pecans, chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 oil (I used olive, but you could use melted butter or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • water or milk

Lightly oil and preheat waffle iron(s). Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add apple and pecans.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, oil, and molasses. Whisk together. Pour into dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

Add water or milk by the 1/2 cup, stirring to incorporate, until the batter is just a bit thicker than pancake batter. (I added about 2 cups, but it would vary slightly depending on your wheat, how thick your yogurt is, etc.)

Ladle batter into waffle iron and let bake. Top with melted butter, maple syrup, and whipped cream.

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These would make great soaked wheat waffles as well. Just combine yogurt and flour the night before, add the remaining ingredients the next morning, and go easy on the water/milk.

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Scarves and waffles…so cozy and warm!
My mom knit this shawl.

Happy Winter, everyone!

Sarah

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A Cup of Chai

There is something about a warm mug of tea hugged between one’s two hands…

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I don’t know, it just makes me think happy thoughts. Fluffy down comforter, flickering flames in the wood stove and a book that pulls you into the story page by page (notice I didn’t say swipe by swipe of the finger tip ;)  – those are the welcome companions of a cup of tea.

That, and a dash of milk, a smidgen of honey and some whipped cream, of course.

Not to mention the heavenly smell of spices wafting through the house.

Have I talked you into a cup of Chai?

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Toss your choice of the following into a sauce pan:

  • freshly grated ginger
  • pepper corns
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • whole cardamom pods
  • a vanilla bean, sliced in half
  • whole allspice
  • star anise
  • black tea leaves

Add about 6 cups of water.

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Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour or two.

Strain into a mug.

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Add some milk and enough honey or sugar or maple syrup to bring out the spicy flavors. It’s a lovely color isn’t it?

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Top with whipped cream and sip ever so slowly.

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You may store the rest in a jar for later. Keep the spices in the liquid for more intense flavor.

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If you could have a good hour on a rainy day with a warm beverage and a book, what would you drink?

Double points for telling us what you would read as well!

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