What two flavors taste like fall more than cinnamon and apples? These Cinnamon Apple Waffles are full of sweet, spiced, well-balanced flavors. Grated fresh apples are mixed into a batter punctuated by cinnamon and brown sugar, with tangy yogurt keeping the sweetness in check. They’re crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside – and I share my secrets on how to make them that way!
My husband Robert is the waffle maker in our household. In fact, he brought his waffle iron into the marriage! While his waffles are always delicious, he uses store bought waffle mix. Well, I’m a “from scratch” kinda girl, so one Sunday morning I offered to help out and make the batter. It was a crisp fall day, and there were several fresh apples sitting on our kitchen counter. So, I decided to create apple waffles.
Replacing some of the milk with Greek yogurt, adding cornstarch and putting cooked waffles on a rack in the oven to warm results in waffles that are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside.
To my basic waffle batter (flour, butter, baking powder, baking soda, eggs, milk, salt) I added grated apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. I handed off the batter to Robert and he did his masterful cooking. While the resulting waffles tasted wonderful, they were a bit soft and not crispy on the outside. The apples added a lot of moisture, even after wringing them out. It actually took several Sundays of cooking waffles with Robert to get the right consistency. Replacing some of the milk with Greek yogurt, adding cornstarch, and putting the cooked waffles on a rack in the oven to warm before serving did the trick!
Cinnamon Apple Waffles are full of fall flavors with a perfect texture – nice and crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Yum!
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- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon table salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/8 cups milk (can use whole, 2 percent or 1 percent)
- 6 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 large apples, peeled, cored and grated (I like to use Braeburn or Granny Smith)
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and place it in the oven.
- Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pan over low heat. Set aside to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, yogurt and cooled butter. Stir into the flour mixture just until combined – do not overmix.
- Place grated apples in a dishtowel and wring out moisture; stir into batter. Set aside to rest.
Lightly coat waffle iron with oil and preheat to medium-high.
- Using a heaping 1/2 cup batter per waffle, cook waffles according to manufacturer’s directions until golden. Place cooked waffles in a single layer on the wire rack in the oven to keep warm and crisp up while making the next waffle.
- Serve warm, with warmed maple syrup on the side.
- Category: breakfast and brunch