Nothing screams "It's Christmas!" louder than eggnog. I don't drink eggnog but I will gladly eat anything made with eggnog. So far I've prepared an eggnog coffee cake and eggnog waffles with caramelized bananas but I have yet to make eggnog waffles. Until now. Complete with spiced apples and homemade cinnamon butter, this is one of the best ways to wake up on Christmas morning.
Eggnog Waffles with Spiced Apples
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cups apples peeled, cored, chopped into small bite-size chunks
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup butter softened
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs separated
- 2 cups eggnog
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- Make the spiced apples. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add 2 cups chopped apples, ¼ cup brown sugar, and ½ tsp cinnamon and cook until the apples are softened, about 10 minutes.
- Prepare the cinnamon butter. Whip together ½ cup softened butter with ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until light and fluffy. Set aside.
- Make the eggnog waffle batter. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Mix together the 2 egg yolks with 2 cups eggnog, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp maple syrup, and ⅓ cup vegetable oil.
- Add 1 ½ cups flour, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, and ¼ cup cornstarch to the wet ingredients, stirring until combined. Carefully fold in the egg whites just until combined. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the waffle maker and cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions.
- Serve waffles with cinnamon butter and spiced apples.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Have leftover eggnog? Make these eggnog waffles. No eggnog in the house? Go get a carton and make these waffles. I'm a huge waffle supporter and this eggnog version just got added to the list of great waffles.
There are a couple of secrets to making a great waffle. The first is to whip the egg whites. Whipping the eggs whites makes the batter light and fluffy. Normally waffle recipes call for milk. In this recipe, we are substituting milk for eggnog; however, since eggnog is much heavier it will create a denser waffle. Hence the whipped egg whites. Mix the remaining wet and dry ingredients and gently fold in the egg whites.
Preheat your waffle maker, letting the batter rest for about ten minutes. This quick resting period allows the gluten to relax and makes a more tender waffle. Pour the batter and cook per according to the instructions of your waffle maker.
I personally like my waffles to be a bit crispy so I cook mine at the highest temperature. If your waffles are still not crispy, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Top the waffles with warm spiced apples and cinnamon butter and get ready to swoon.
The "syrup" from the spiced apples and the sweet cinnamon butter add enough flavor to the waffles that you don't even need syrup. I plan on enjoying this breakfast every day during the week of Christmas.