Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Caramelized Apple Grain Waffles

Adapted from Good Things Catered1/3 c. sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 apples - peeled, cored, and diced
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/8 c. wheat germ
1/8 c. golden flax seed, finely ground
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, well beaten
2/3 c. applesauce
1 1/2 c. milk

In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, cook sugar until it begins to melt. Reduce to simmer and cook until syrup turns pale amber color. Swirl in butter and vanilla and stir to dissolve any clumps of sugar. Add apples to the pan and stir to coat. Cover pan and cook on low heat about 5 minutes or until apples are soft. Uncover and continue cooking until syrup is slightly thick. Set aside and let apples cool.

In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Add in eggs, applesauce, and milk; gently whisk. (The batter should have a pebbled look, similar to muffin batter) Fold in cooled apple mixture gently.

Spoon 1/2 c. of batter (or the amt recommended by waffle iron manufacturer) on hot iron. Bake until golden brown.