16 October 2011

Day 16-31 Days of Samhuinn Cooking-Spiced Apple Cider Waffles

We celebrated this month of Samhuinn with a day out in the glorious Autumn air.  We were treated to autumn zephyrs through the cemetery and blasts of falling leave-scented air through the apple orchard.  This morning I was inspired to break out my new to me waffle maker and try something with our harvest from yesterday's outing.  The stevia was surprisingly good with the finished product, I had no hint of aftertaste and Pixie is currently devouring her second full sized waffle with hums and sighs of delight.  So all in all a good day for kitchen alchemy!

Spiced Apple Cider Waffles

2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup stevia
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups apple cider (fresh is even better)
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil (or melted butter)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
pinch of salt (or low/no salt)

Mix flour, baking powder, stevia, spices and stir until combined. 
Add eggs, oil and apple cider and stir until well blended. 
Add in chopped apples and stir until just combined.
Pour into a hot and greased waffle maker and cook until the steam stops pouring out. 
Amount is dependent on griddle size.  I coat the bottom with batter until it just hits the edges and then close and allow to cook.

serve with butter, maple syrup or warm cider syrup.  Ours never made it that far, we ate them as soon as they cooled enough to eat!

makes 4-5 belgian waffles

~Stephanie Lowell-Libby

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