Honey Apple Spice Waffle
I woke up this morning with a strong craving for waffles. Aside from the fact that I haven't made them in a while, the rain makes it a perfect excuse to stay in and make something warm and cinnamon-spiked.
These waffles are inspired by minimalist baker's vegan waffles, which I un-vegan-ed. Since I'm using real eggs instead of flax, my instincts tell me to separate the eggs, a method I often use for fluffy pancakes and waffles.
I loved how they look in my Belgian waffle machine, tall, brown and...fluffy. It may not be a one-bowl wonder, but for these pillowy goodness enveloped in a golden, crunchy shell? I'll happily wash an extra dish.
Honey Apple Spice Waffle
For the Waffles:
1 egg, separated
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup rolled oats
For the Apples:
3 apples (2 tart, 1 sweet)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
½ tablespoon dark brown sugar (optional)
¼ tsp cinnamon
- Heat a sautéing pan to medium heat and melt the butter. When the butter his all melted and slightly sizzling, add the apples. Stir for a few minutes and sprinkle over the brown sugar (if using) and cinnamon. Reduce the heat to low and allow the apples to cook for 5-10 minutes, until softened. Turn up the heat for about a minute to caramelize. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Prepare the waffles right before you are planning to serve. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, melted butter, honey, applesauce, and sugar. (microwave for around 10 seconds if the butter starts to coagulate). Add the milk, reserve around ¼ cup for adjusting.
- Fold in the dry ingredients, all at once. Once combined, gently fold in the oats, then half of the cooked apples. Adjust the batter with reserved milk, it should be the consistency of a muffin batter.
- Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. When ready, spoon about half a cup of batter onto the center of the iron. Press down to spread the batter and cook until ready.
- Serve immediately with butter, maple syrup, and the rest of the apples. To save for a later day, allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Refresh in a toaster or oven until crispy.