One thing I've learned over the years is pumpkin makes just about anything better.
Imparting unparalleled moisture to baked goods and a light, luscious flavor in everything from ice cream to soups, pumpkin can be used in so many scrumptious yet unexpected recipes: Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup, Rachel's Incredible Banana Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread, Maple Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Ice Cream and of course, the following recipe for Pumpkin Belgian Waffles.
From the kitchen of North Carolina's Inn on Mill Creek (located near Asheville), the following recipe is what the best of breakfast is all about! But what if you don't own a Belgian waffle iron? Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to add one to your collection and begin indulging your family & friends. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Belgian Waffles
A "Best of" Inn Cuisine, recipe courtesy The Inn on Mill Creek
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
- 1+ cup (2/3 can) cooked, mashed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 cup buttermilk
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, lightly whisk together egg yolks, then one at a time whisk in butter and margarine, pumpkin, brown sugar, and the milks. Refrigerate wet mix for 5 minutes. When chilling time has elapsed, add wet ingredients to flour mixture, stirring until just moistened. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Refrigerate combined batter for another 5 minutes. Cook in preheated Belgian waffle iron; this batter will take slightly longer than most other batters (5+ minutes).
Yield: approximately 7 large Belgian waffles.
Optional Variation - If desired, try adding chocolate chips to this recipe. Yummy.
Have a favorite pumpkin recipe not listed above? Be sure to include it in the comment section of this post!
photo credit The Inn on Mill Creek