Getting Real with Food

Getting Real with Food: 10.7.21

No pumpkin! ? During the fall, I rush around making special Halloween orders of “Boo Bites,” one of my go-to seasonal treats. One of the main ingredients is beloved pumpkin. However, I was shocked to recently discover a shortage!

So for this October recipe, let’s step outside of our regular “pumpkin cookies” or “pumpkin bread” and try something else fall related! This recipe is going to be a beloved autumn tradition for weekends with the family, breakfast in bed or any other occasion. Plus, the smell of cinnamon-sugar apples caramelizing in your kitchen just screams fall!

cinnamon apple cider waffles with caramelized apples 

Cinnamon Apple Cider Waffles: 
2 c organic all-purpose flour
½ c unsalted butter
2 tbsp coconut sugar
(cane sugar also works)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 c milk
¾ c apple cider (no added sugars)
¾  c grated apple
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Heat and grease your waffle iron.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon. Whisk until incorporated, then set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl and set aside.
  4. While butter cools, grate your apple with a medium-sized grater.  Feel free to include the apple skin, since that’s where the nutrients are! Take a paper towel and give the grated apple a good squeeze to remove excess moisture. Place into a bowl.
  5. Separate egg whites into another bowl, reserving the yolks for the rest of the wet ingredients.
  6. Add vanilla extract, milk, apple cider and egg yolks to the bowl with the melted butter and whisk.
  7. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. (When you lift your beaters out of the egg whites, they should form little “peaks”
    like mountains. This will take 3 to 4 minutes when you beat on high speed.)
  8. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and fold until incorporated. Make sure you don’t over mix; it’s OK if a bit of flour residue remains. Fold in the grated apples. Gently fold in egg whites until they are incorporated into the batter.
  9. Spread batter in the waffle iron and cook 4 minutes, or per your waffle iron’s instructions.

Caramelized Apples: 
1 large apple
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp coconut sugar
½ tbsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice your apple (about 1/8 inches wide).
  2. Add butter to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan has heated for 1 minute, add in your apple slices.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix until apple slices are coated.
  4. Cook until apples start to turn golden brown (about the time your waffles will be ready).
  5. Top with your waffles with caramelized apples and drizzle with your favorite syrup. Enjoy!

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