Every once in a while, it's great to indulge in a sweet and comforting breakfast treat. The perfect occasion for such a feast is when the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change colors. For me, the start of Fall means apple season, and these caramel apples waffles are packed with classic Fall flavors. Make these at the first indication of a chill in the air to get yourself in the Fall spirit!
Keep reading for the cozy recipe.
Caramel Apple Waffles
For the caramel:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the waffles:
3 eggs, separated
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup milk, warmed
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and grated
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
For the apple topping
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/4 cup brown sugar
- For the caramel: Heat the brown sugar, cream, butter, and salt in a saucepan set over medium-low heat. Whisk continuously for five to seven minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in the vanilla, and whisk for one minute more to thicken further. Remove from heat, and set aside.
- For the waffles: Whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, milk, and butter in a large bowl. Add the grated apple, and stir to combine.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture, and whisk until well combined.
- Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form, about one minute. Increase the speed to high, add the sugar one tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about three minutes. Fold half of the whites into the batter, and then carefully fold in the remaining whites.
- Pour 2/3 cup of waffle batter into the heated waffle iron. Cook until indicator light flashes or waffle iron stops steaming.
- For the apple topping: Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook diced apples and brown sugar together, stirring occasionally until apples are softened and the sugar begins to caramelize.
- Top each waffle with diced apples and a drizzle of caramel sauce.