Happy Fall Ya’ll! Well almost… The temps may still be tipping into the 90’s but I’ve got Fall on the brain! 🍁 Belgian mWaffles with cinnamon apples is a simple festive recipe to carry you through fall and into the holidays!
Thankfully the mornings have started becoming cooler, so we’ve been loving eating our breakfast out on the patio! We got the cutest little bistro table at IKEA which fits perfect in small spaces for those of you doing apartment living. We just moved to Alpharetta a few weeks ago and have enjoyed exploring brunch spots in our new city, but still nothing beats a cozy breakfast at home for us.
I’m normally a savory breakfast person (as you can see I still had to have a side of bacon), but my go-to breakfast on the sweeter side is waffles. Eggo’s were my jam growing up, and although I’ll be thrilled to have the excuse to start keeping them in the freezer again when we have kids, I’ve graduated to the more adult Belgian waffle for now. Our Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker makes cooking up waffles a breeze. I love the ability to cook two at a time!
So what makes a Belgian waffle Belgian? Belgian waffles originated at The Brussels World Fair Expo ’58 and were introduced in North America in 1962 at an exposition in Seattle. Belgian waffles are known for their extra-large and deep square pockets that you can fill with butter, jam, or maple syrup, while regular waffles are thinner! Traditional batter can contain yeast to create a fluffy batter, but I substituted baking powder and whipped egg whites to create the same effect!
What toppings are good to put on a Belgian waffle?
Spiced cinnamon apples are a perfect fall topping but you can also dress them with:
– fresh berries and whipped cream
– simple butter and maple syrup
– Fried chicken – yes pleasee
Belgian Waffles with Cinnamon Apples
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups cold milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 eggs seperated, yolk in one bowl, whites in another
- 2 apples, sliced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Start by thinly slicing the apples.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in apples and stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir occasionally while you make the waffles.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
- Into the the dry ingredients, pour in remaining ingredients: milk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg yolks. Whisk to incorporate and create a batter. If it seems too thick, add in an extra splash of milk.
- in a stand mixer or bowl, whip your 2 egg whites until stiff peaks form. In a stand mixer you can achieve this easier, but if you're doing it in a bowl with a hand whisk sprinkle in a pinch of salt which helps the egg whites hold their form.
- Once egg whites are in a firm peak, fold it gently into the waffle batter.
- Preheat you Belgian waffle maker. Brush generously with melted butter and pour in the batter. Close and cook according to waffle maker instructions. If you have a double maker, shut one side of the maker, flip and fill the other section immediately so they cook at the same time.
- Repeat if there's any remaining batter. Once waffles are done, top with cinnamon apples, a little maple syrup if you like and a side of bacon if you want something savory on your plate!