18 December 2011

Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Cranberries for Slow Sunday

Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Cranberries
Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Cranberries

Christmas is right around the corner. The smells of apple pie, cinnamon, cookies, pine needles, spiced oranges, peppermint and gingerbread make the holiday season feel satisfying and complete.  For me nothing speaks to the season more than the spicy sweetness  of gingerbread permeating your home to add a pinch of excitement in the air.

Many of us love these scents because they remind us of holiday celebrations, and cooking and eating with our loved ones at Christmas time. I can't think of a better way to wake up family and friends for breakfast Christmas morning than with the aroma of warm, holiday spices wafting all through the house. The enticing aroma will fill your kitchen with hungry guests.

When I was "knee high to a grasshopper" one of my favourite holiday treats was a nice slice of gingerbread topped with warm spicy apples over the holidays. Served hot off the waffle iron, seasoned with a touch of  molasses and spice, these mildly spiced waffles will have those childhood memories flooding back! Add some apple compote laced with rum and you will be awakened Christmas morning with the comforting old-fashioned smells of your childhood...well maybe minus the rum....

They could also be accompanied by warm maple syrup, a bowl of fresh fruit, a side of yogurt, or even a hearty helping of scrambled eggs and bacon. These Gingerbread Waffles are sure to capture the hearts of young and old alike. These waffles are perfect for enjoying all winter long.

**Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Cranberry Compote**
from Annie Eats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk to blend. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, butter, milk, sour cream and molasses and whisk to blend well. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk to combine until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.

Preheat a waffle iron. Fill waffle wells and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cook until crisp and golden. Serve immediately.

Made 8 waffles in my Belgian Waffle Maker

**Apple Compote with Cranberries**
  • 3 pounds of apples, peeled and cored, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in two lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy or dark rum (optional)

Add the apples, sugar, water, lemon juice, and butter to a large pot. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean with a knife. Add the seeds and vanilla pod to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and most of the liquid has evaporated (about 25 minutes). In the last few moments of cooking add dried cranberries. Remove from heat and stir in the brandy or rum. Remove the vanilla pod before serving.

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  1. I LOVE your fairy also..I have some similar ones on our tree..and I treasure them..little personalities:)
    Thank you for all your recipes~

  2. I love the idea! Those must taste wonderfully Xmassy.



  3. I have collected angels for years for my tree but a few years ago fairies and imps started showing up too:D

  4. Ginger, pumpkin, cloves...all sing 'holidays' to me. This is a great holiday breakfast/brunch item.

  5. I can imagine the smell in the kitchen with those waffles!

  6. This sounds so very delicious! We have moved about the country with my husband's job. Each time we've put a house on the market, I've made sure to combine these very spices and apples in a pan of water and set it to a simmer before each house showing. It must have worked because all of our homes sold very quickly.


  7. I wonder what made gingerbread become a Christmas-only food. I'm going to break with tradition and make this for my AFTER Christmas breakfast!

  8. Junior and I are recently crazy about molasses and waffles are her all time favorite, so she would absolutely love this recipe, we can't wait to make it!

  9. Oy yoy yoy ! I can taste these through the screen. Gingerbread waffles man! Genius idea. Genius!! I'm not so crazy about human formed tree toppers myself. I prefer a star but this angel is pretty if not a little drunk looking!

  10. That's it. It's decided. Time to break out the gingerbread from the freezer!

  11. Must be the rum that fairy has been drinking Dom...wink.

  12. Who's the darling fairy sleeping on your gingerbread waffles, Val? Did she have too much egg nog?

    Super recipe! I love gingerbread.

  13. She and a legion of others grace my Christmas tree every year Barbara. They bring their own brand of magic to Christmas.

  14. I could vividly smell and see your Christmas morning story. So well written.

    There's nothing better than the comforts of home during the holidays and to top it off with all the smells of goodness that we remember.

    Your gingerbread waffles with toppings sound perfect for Christmas morning or a Sunday morning.

    I've had caramel apple waffles that I purchased from Williams Sonoma (a mix) and hated myself for not making them from scratch. But these sound sensational.

    I'm printing this off to make for sure this holiday. Thank you for sharing and have a very Happy Holiday!

  15. You make the most beautiful breakfasts, Val! The scent of the gingerbread must to heavenly in these. The fruit compote is a perfect topping.

    Your tree with all the fairies must be beautiful! I bought a fairy topper recently.

  16. Wow, these sound fabulou! My girls will love them@

  17. Oh, perfect. Someone has just given us a waffle maker - an unwanted gift for her - and we were wondering which waffle recipes to use. Looks like this recipe has come just in time.

  18. Anything gingerbrad makes me happy; I had never heard of making waffles this way; looks so good. Your compote is a must try;apples and cranberrries are a great combination.

  19. Gingerbread waffles sound absolutely amazing!

  20. I would be right in line for the gingerbread waffles. I want mine though with vanilla ice cream.

  21. This looks mouth-watering! I love waffles so much, but I don't have a waffle-maker...I know, crazy! I'm going to get one soon, and when I do, this will be one of the first I make :) Great recipe and lovely pictures!

  22. Oh... The gingerbread fairy in the pic drank too much egg nog. Happy Christmas to her (and you). GREG

  23. Another fairy lover! YAY!!! I love these waffles Val . . . so perfect for Christmas! I hope that you are enjoying the season!

  24. Yum! These sound amazing! Perfect for the holidays! I spy a Sugar Plum fairy sleeping by the waffles.

  25. Ues that is a sugar plum fairy Emily.

  26. Hey Bellini, your Christmas Breakfast is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? www.knapkins.com/guess_games/1087?source=blog

  27. fairy down! fairy down! i too would become weak in the knees at the aroma coming off of that stack of goodness. :)

  28. Ginger waffles sound really good!

  29. Love these gingerbread waffles! I really like the apples and cranberries on top, especially. Yum.

  30. Val I love your tower of gingerbread waffles with all of the fixings on top. I was getting kind of board with our usual breakfast routine. Thanks for the inspiration. I am hoping I can use this batter for gingerbread pancakes too, what do you think? BAM


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