Confession time: I was only going to make these as a somewhat savory waffle recipe. I wanted it as a base for some fun Apple Cider Braised Pork that is coming to the blog soon. So I made them and they were delicious. The problem was I had a jar of what was left of some Apple Cider Caramel Sauce in the fridge and it was nagging at me. Things as delicious as that can't just sit around forever and I knew that a sweet version of these waffles spiced with a little cinnamon and nutmeg would be the perfect
Before you ask, the recipe for the pork and the caramel are both coming. One thing at a time folks, you need the base first! In the meantime, if you want to make these waffles they would also be great with maple syrup on top. Or MiMi's Better Apple Butter would be a great choice too! In fact, you should probably go ahead and give that a try. You know, for practice and all.
If you can't tell, I have been getting really excited about apples lately. Our local apple orchard just opened with the first couple of variety of apples. They have THE BEST cider in all of the land! No, really I am pretty sure it is! So it is hard to not be in the mood for apple everything. Besides, I know pumpkin will be taking over the world soon and I want to give apples a chance while I can.
The best part? This is just a lead up to a fun even that is coming at the end of the month. Some of my bestest blogging friends and I have been working on putting together #appleweek for you. It is going to be a week of apple themed appetizers, drinks, main dishes, sides, crafts, projects. If it's apple, we're making it. I can't wait!! I have been buying bushels of apples getting ready. And now I am laying the foundation for delicious things to come!
Sweet or Savory Apple Cider Waffles
makes about 4 large waffles
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (feel free to use all all-purpose)
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup cooking oil (vegetable, canola... whatever you like best)
3/4 cup apple cider
For the sweet version add the following to the ingredients above:
2 T brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
- In a small bowl, whisk together flours, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. (Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg if making sweet version.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (including vanilla for the sweet version.)
- Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just mixed.
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron.
- Ladle batter into greased waffle iron and cook to your liking.
- Hold in a warm oven (about 225F) until ready to serve.