Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gingerbread Waffles

As mentioned in an earlier post, I recently won a copy of the Prairie Home Cooking Cookbook. As soon as I received it, I started reading it. In fact, the cookbook was my nightly reading for several of the following evenings. One of the first recipes I knew I had to try was Gingerbread Waffles with Pear Sauce (page 19). The recipe itself sounds wonderful, but waffles and pears are two things my son absolutely loves!

Prairie Home Cooking Cookbook (do ya like my Starburst wrapper bookmark?)

The Boy is our "waffle kid". He's the only person I know that actually orders a waffle at the Waffle House (Mr. LH used to take the kids there after scout camp outs). He used to have pancakes every Saturday morning but his love of waffles resulted in him receiving a waffle iron for his birthday about three years ago. Strange, I know. But he absolutely loved it. And now he gets a choice of waffles OR pancakes every weekend. I guess when he moves out Mr. LH and I will have to get ourselves a new waffle iron - or just get him a new one.

The Boy also adores pears. He will take a ripe pear over an apple any day. The Girl gets peaches in her lunchbox, The Boy get pears. The Girl wants an apple for her snack, The Boy wants a pear.

The recipe sounded perfect though the "Pickles" opted to not have the pear sauce because they didn't want to give up their precious stash of pears that had been slowly ripening in the bottom of the refrigerator. So we just went with the Gingerbread Waffles.

The recipe was very simple to make. The Girl helped me measure out the ingredients and laughed when the packed brown sugar came out in the shape of the measuring cup.


We have been slowly making our way through the Little House books lately so she remembered how Laura and Mary would eat their bread with molasses. When we measured out the molassas, she decided she wanted to try some (she didn't like it).

Then she insisted on helping me stir.


The "Pickles" marveled at how high the waffles were rising in the waffle iron.


The batter seemed a bit thick to me, so I thinned it with more milk (I wound up adding about 1/4 cup more milk to the remaining batter making me wonder if I had mis-measured the flour in the first place).


Finally, the waffles were ready! They were declared delicious! Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside with a heavenly gingerbread flavor. In fact, this might wind up being our Christmas morning breakfast this year...



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