This recipe takes advantage of a favorite flavor combo, apples and cinnamon, to make waffles good enough to coax you out of bed on a weekend morning. They're great for a chilly autumn evening, too. Egg whites give these waffles a light and fluffy texture. Cider syrup turns them into something special. For the apple, choose a sweet, red variety like Jonathan, Rome or Honeycrisp. An electric mixer makes short work of this recipe, but a hand mixer is fine, too. Recipe yields 12 waffles.
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cup milk
3 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped apple
Vegetable cooking spray
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and cloves in a medium bowl and set aside. Separate the eggs (see the tip below). Using a mixer, beat the egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form when you pull away the blades. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the yolks, milk and vegetable oil. Beat at medium speed until the mixture is completely blended. Slowly stir in the flour mixture. Fold in the egg whites.
Using cooking spray to coat the waffle iron will help prevent the batter from sticking. Allow the iron to preheat, then pour in about 1/4 cup of the batter. Bake until the steam stops rising from the waffle iron, about 5 minutes. Serve the waffles with cider syrup.
1 1/2 cup apple cider, unsweetened
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
10 cloves, whole
1 stick cinnamon
Combine the cider, sugar, cloves and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces to about 3/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Remove the cloves and cinnamon.
Tip: Separating eggs is easy. Over a bowl, carefully crack the egg into halves, letting the yolk slide into one of the halves. Pass the yolk from one half to the other. As you pass the yolk, egg white will slip into the bowl. Keep passing back and forth until only the yolk remains.
Tip: Waffles are one of those foods that seems daunting to beginning cooks. The trick is to make friends with your waffle iron, to know when it's is ready to take on the batter and to know when the waffle is ready to come off the grill. That just takes a bit of practice. Don't worry, the mistakes can be delicious, too.
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