Friday, September 26, 2014

Freezer Fridays: Spiced Apple Waffles

Waffles are a favorite in our house for breakfast, I usually try to have at least one bag in the freezer at all times. They are quick to reheat in the mornings but never seem to last long enough. A couple weekends ago, I decided it was necessary for us to sleep in and skip one weekend of church service. Mom just needed a break and some relaxation. Of course something special for breakfast was in order. I wasn't surprised when the kids cheered for waffles.

Since apples are in abundance right now, I wanted to incorporate them into our meal. I took my standard waffle recipe and added a little bit of autumn flare to it. We've already got a great apple pancake recipe we love so I knew waffles would be just as good. And they were.

They've got just the right amount of cinnamon spice and taste wonderful with maple syrup drizzled on top. You know that whipped maple butter I made the other day? It will be the perfect addition to these waffles. If you're like me at all and adding tons of apple recipe ideas to your menu plans, make sure to give this one a try. Toss a bag or two in the freezer for weekday mornings, your family will thank you!

Spiced Apple Waffles

1-3/4 cups all purpose flour {many times I use half whole wheat flour and no one notices the difference}
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1-3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil {coconut, canola, etc}
1 grated apple

In a bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Add in eggs, milk and oil. Mix together until combined. Add in grated apple and stir well.

Add batter to a lightly greased waffle maker and cook according to manufacturer's directions. Once done, turn waffles onto a plate and repeat with remaining batter. When ready to serve, lightly dust with cinnamon if desired and drizzle maple syrup over top.

For freezing: place waffles onto a large cookie sheet and flash freeze for one hour, or until solid.  Transfer to large freezer bags. Make sure to label with date and contents. When ready to enjoy, simply reheat in the toaster.

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