The other morning, William and I were outside playing in the backyard, and we both needed our jackets. It felt like fall was on the way, and it is- the season officially arrives on Sunday. Of course, today the high is supposed to be an unfall-like 86 degrees, but then temperatures are supposed to drop back down again.
What better way to welcome the cooler days than by making apple cinnamon waffles for breakfast? Sweet caramelized apples and a dollop of whipped cream top warm spiced cinnamon waffles. Even if the weather hasn’t quite turned to fall where you live, don’t worry. You should make these waffles all the same. I made them a few weeks ago on a summery Sunday morning, and we’ll be making them again this weekend. Cinnamon waffles with caramelized apples are just one more reason to look forward to the weekend.
Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Apples
Makes twelve 4-inch square waffles
For the caramelized apples:
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 6 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch slices (Fuji, gala, or any other variety that you like)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the cinnamon waffles:
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
- 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Make the caramelized apples: In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt the 3 tbsp. butter. Add the apples, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and the sugar mixture becomes syrupy, about 18 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Cover the caramelized apples to keep warm until ready to serve.
- Make the cinnamon waffles: Preheat a waffle maker on medium-high heat according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are serving a large group and want to keep the waffles warm until they are all cooked, preheat an oven to 200 degrees F.
- Over a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture and whisk until smooth.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1-2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold 1 cup of the whites into the batter, then carefully fold in the remaining whites.
- According to manufacturer’s instructions, pour some of the batter into each well of your waffle maker and close the lid. Cook until the waffles are golden brown and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the waffles to a wire rack set on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- To serve, top each waffle with some of the caramelized apples and a dollop of whipped cream.