Every year I buy a BIG jug of apple cider because I just love apples.
We have a wonderful local farm that presses their own apples and makes the most wonderful cider that I just can't resist. We will have hot apple cider on cold nights with a cinnamon stick swizzle or cold cider for breakfast. Just about any way we can get it. The trick comes in when we haven't made a very large dent in the jug of cider!
That's when I get creative and start dreaming up uses for it in other dishes. I've tried a cider sauce with pork chops...yum! Cider muffins with nice big apple chunks which were delishhh. And today I'm making Apple Cider Waffles, a little jazzed up with a Cinnamon Honey Butter. Ahhh! the flavors of apples, fall, and comfort food all rolled into one.
This was rather easy to do. I just tweaked one of my favorite waffles recipes to include the apple cider and some fall spices. Then I decided on a special butter, a compound butter. Have you ever made one? They sound complicated but trust me...they are not. Simple to through together and any leftovers keep in the frig for quite awhile. Doesn't get much better than that!
I hope you enjoy your weekend waffles. Put a little apple in your life. Oh! and make sure to come back and tell me how they turned out!
Apple Cider Waffles with Cinnamon Honey Butter
1/2 stick or 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoons honey
a pinch of ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 cup apple cider
Combine the butter, honey, and cinnamon, in a bowl. This may be served at room temperature. To save butter place on a piece of plastic wrap and shape in the form of a log rolling up the butter in the wrap. Twist both ends to tighten and continue to twist so that the butter compresses into a log. Butter may be stored in the refrigerator.
To make the waffles, preheat your waffle iron and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the egg and apple cider and mix to combine. Batter may be a little lumpy. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron manufacturers directions. Remove from waffle iron and serve warm topped with cinnamon honey butter and syrup.