Pumpkin Waffles

Here is a good recipe for breakfast waffles with Applewood smoked bacon, or for a heartier meal of chicken and waffles. I have added a sautéed apples recipe that goes well with either choice. You can substitute applesauce or apple butter for the sautéed apples. For the pecans, you can substitute walnuts, dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins or currants.

Use fresh pumpkin or butternut squash. Cut it in quarters or halves, score the flesh, brush with butter, and add a small amount of salt. Roast in a 350 degree oven until very soft, about 1 hour. Scoop out the flesh and follow the recipe.

Serves 4 generously

½ cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup baked, pumpkin or butternut squash, or any hard, orange squash
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup chopped fine, pecans (roast whole pecans 5-6 minutes in 350 degree oven)
vegetable spray oil or vegetable oil for brushing waffle iron

warm maple syrup

Preheat oven to 250 degrees and preheat waffle iron.
Sift together cornmeal, both flours, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Add the pecans.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until blended then whisk in the milk, buttermilk, pumpkin, and melted butter until smooth. Whisk in the dry ingredients just until smooth.
Spray or brush the pre-heated waffle iron lightly with the vegetable oil and spoon batter into the waffle iron. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Transfer waffles to a rack in the oven to keep warm and crisp while you cook the remaining waffles.
Serve the waffles with the sautéed apples and warm maple syrup. I love bacon with my waffles.

Sautéed Apples

3 apples peeled, cored and roughly sliced
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup

In a heated sauté pan, melt the butter and sauté apple slices until soft. Just before serving, add the maple syrup and heat until the apple slices begin to caramelize.