‘Tis the season to be spooky and full of pumpkin! Have I mentioned before that this is my favorite time of year? I forget. However, here in the south, we love some pumpkin. In honor of my southern heritage and this lovely time of year, I give you a breakfast food that is out of this world. Although, no one ever said breakfast had to be limited to the AM 😉
You Will Need:
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup melted shortening
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 crisp apples, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
** You’ll also need a waffle iron!
- For the waffles: Preheat a waffle iron to medium heat.
- Whisk the flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, spice and salt together in a large bowl.
- Beat together the milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and melted shortening, egg and egg white, in a large measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Whisk together to make a slightly lumpy batter.
- For the topping: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and let cook until slightly browned, but still crisp, about 4 minutes. Add the maple syrup and walnuts and toss to coat.
- Pour and spread about 1 cup batter into the waffle iron. Cover and cook until crisp and a rich golden brown, about 7 minutes. (Steam will puff out of the iron while the waffles cook, when this stops the waffle is cooked.) Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve hot with the apples.