Monday was a rainy cool day here. My favorite kind! (besides snowy days of course) It was dark and cozy early in the morning while everyone was still sleeping. I wanted to make something for breakfast that matched my mood. So, I made these delicious pumpkin waffles. They so smelled like pumpkin pie while they were cooking. (sorry Shell) :)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs, separated
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil for brushing waffle iron or cooking spray
Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron. Sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl with buttermilk, pumpkin, and butter until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined.
In a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks (as in, far softer than the over-beaten whites you’ll see in my picture above). Folk them gently into the waffle batter, until just combined.
Brush waffle iron lightly with oil and spoon batter (about 2 cups for four 4-inch Belgian waffles) into waffle iron, spreading quickly. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm and crisp. Make more waffles in same manner.I made a couple of substitutions/deletions. I left out the butter entirely (no need for extra fat when I knew I was going to drown them in syrup anyway), used whole wheat flour in place of the white and sucanat instead of sugar. YUMMMMMY. It was a great start to our day!