February 18, 2016

Recipe: Banana Bread Waffles with Bourbon Pecan Maple Syrup

When I go grocery shopping, I always buy two bunches of bananas -- one for the kids to snack on and one to just sit and go nearly black with brown-sugary overripeness.  That way, we're always ready to make our favorite banana bread on demand (recipe HERE).  

A few weeks ago, the family was in a waffle mood, so I grabbed one of my on-the-verge-of-decay bananas and set to work on creating a banana bread inspired waffle.  A few Sunday breakfast's worth of tinkering proved a success.  Here is my recipe for light, crispy, banana-bready waffles with a delicious pecan syrup to gild the lily.  Enjoy!

Banana Bread Waffles

(makes approximately 12 individual Belgians)

  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

Step 1:  Whip egg white to medium peak and set aside.

Step 2:  With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar.  Add egg yolk and banana and beat until light and smooth.

Step 3:  Place a sifter with the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar over the banana mixture.  Sift directly into the banana mixture.  Beat on low speed to incorporate. 

Step 4:  Add vanilla a buttermilk and beat on medium until just blended.

Step 5:  Fold in the whipped egg whites.

Step 6:  Preheat waffle maker.  Grease with nonstick spray, then portion batter into waffle cavities.  Cook until golden brown. 

Bourbon Pecan Maple Syrup

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pecans (chopped or whole)
  • 1 fresh banana, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Kentucky bourbon (or more to taste)

In a small saucepan, add butter, syrup, pecans and banana.  Bring to a gentle boil, then immediately remove from heat.  Add bourbon, stir.  Return to heat and cook off alcohol for 1 minute more.

1 comment:

  1. I've never made waffles of any kind, but these look amazingly delicious.


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