Every once in awhile, Jay will make a meal request. Usually, he’s a pretty willing guinea pig for some of the crazy things I come up with, but every so often, he’ll see something he wants me to make. These Yeasted Waffles with Cinnamon Apples and Bacon were one such request:
I based this recipe off one Jay’d seen in one of my Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Their recipe called for Belgian waffles using one of their mixes, but obviously, mine is not a Belgian waffle maker, nor did I buy their waffle mix. Still, these were delicious….Even the bambino ate an entire waffle himself, although he ate his bacon on the side, and just had butter and maple syrup for his toppings.
My only complaint/regret about these is that there was not enough bacon, but that’s my own fault. I only bought half a pound, and I used half of that to make some grits the other night.
1/3 C cooking oil (extra light olive oil or canola oil)
For the Cinnamon Apples:
2 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into slices
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
The night before you want to make the waffles, make the batter. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, salt and cinnamon. Add the milk, eggs and cooking oil, and mix until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the waffle maker. Coat lightly with cooking spray, and pour 3/4 C of batter onto the grids. Close, and bake according to manufacturer's instructions. Place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 250 degree F oven.
Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sugar and cinnamon, stirring constantly until the sugar melts, about 1-2 minutes. Add the apples and vanilla. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are soft and tender. Stir in the lemon juice.
To serve, place 2-3 strips of bacon on top of a waffle. Pour a quarter of the apple mixture on top of the bacon, and enjoy.
I think my favorite part of this whole meal (besides the bacon) was the cinnamon apples. Don’t get me wrong–I love waffles and all, but the warm, slightly sweet-tart apples with the delicious caramel-ish sauce was the BEST. Definitely a special-occasion or lazy weekend breakfast!