If you don't have a waffle iron, the batter works just as well for pancakes in a skillet. Henrietta prefers them topped with butter, a dollop of whipped cream and pure maple syrup that's been warmed and spiced a little (all the spices used in the batter work nicely). Priscilla prefers therm served with a topping of apples that have been peeled, cored, sliced and cooked in a skillet and that's how it's done below. If you haven't any apples or maple syrup, Aunt Ruby suggests a drizzle of corn syrup can also be quite nice.
Ingredients you will need for the waffles:
- Two cups of flour
- One and one quarter teaspoon of baking powder
- One heaping teaspoon of dried ground cinnamon
- One scant quarter of a teaspoon of dried ground nutmeg
- One quarter of a teaspoon of salt
- Two fresh chickens eggs, lightly whisked
- One and a half cup of fresh cows's milk
- One cup of cooked, well-mashed pumpkin
- One half a cup of packed brown sugar
- Three tablespoons of butter that has been melted
- One tablespoon of solid butter
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Two good-sized baking apples that have been cored and sliced
- One half cup of apple cider
- Begin by getting down a good, large mixing bowl. Into that, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Into a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and pumpkin. Then add in one third of a cup of the brown sugar, the melted butter and the vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients and then stir very gently - just until moistened. You want a fluffy batter so be careful not to over mix it. Set the mixture aside for a few minutes and lets get to the stove!
- Preheat your waffle iron and while you are waiting, set a large skillet over medium-high heat. In the skillet place the solid butter and warm just until melted. Take care not to burn or brown it. Then add the sliced apples and the remaining brown sugar (no one wil be the woser of you sprinkle a bit more in, dear) and cook them just until tender being sure to stir regularly so they don't stick.
- Pour in the apple cider and cook the mixture for a few minutes more until the cider becomes syrupy and the apples are softened right through.
- Cooking the waffles depends on the sort of waffle iron you are using (See HINT below) so be sure and check the manufacturers directions before starting. Generally each waffle will need about one half a cup of batter but take care not to remix or restir the batter before pouring it as the waffles will not be as light and fluffy if you do.
- When the waffles are golden yellow, serve them smothered in the warm apple mixture and there won't be a discontented tummy at the table.
HENRIETTA HINT: Whether they are cast iron, Teflon coated, fireplace, stove top, Belgin style or modern and electric, waffle irons are a fun and fascinating thing to have in the kitchen.Some of them require greasing before use - either by brushing on a shortening or spraying with a no-stick cooking spray, though this may not be needed depending on how much fat or oil is in your recipe. The best designs allow steam to escape to avoid soggy waffles. It's always best to have two irons if possible so that you can be serving form one while the second one cooks. It's always best no matter what kind you have to read the directions provided by the manufacturer and adjust the recipe you are using to match. I always make a little extra batter than I think I will need because the first couple of waffles inevitable come out wrong as I adjust the amount of batter and cooking time.