Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Winter Breakfasts: Gingerbread Waffles

A touch of spice and sweetness make these Gingerbread Waffles perfect for special occasions or just a cozy winter breakfast!

Gingerbread Waffles

When gingerbread comes to mind I think of holidays and wintertime.  The smell of earthy spices and ginger has me craving the traditional flavors of a gingerbread cookie.  To change this up a bit I decided to incorporate those flavors into a cozy breakfast treat, waffles.  With the aromas coming from the kitchen and then you take that first bite, there is nothing better on a cold dreary winter morning!

These waffles have a nice sweetness to them.  They are great with maple syrup or just a sprinkling of powdered sugar over top.  


What Ingredients do I need?

  • butter
  • molasses - Grandma's is a good brand
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • all purpose flour
  • Spices - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg (whole if you can) cloves
  • baking powder
  • optional toppings - maple syrup, whipped cream, or powdered sugar

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use dark brown sugar instead of light.
  • Top with Greek yogurt mixed with some ground ginger and cinnamon
  • Don't have molasses? You can substitute with sorghum 1:1 ratio, maple syrup 1:1 ratio, brown sugar 1:.5 ratio, or dark corn syrup1:1 ratio.  NOTE: the taste and the color of the batter/waffle may alter with these substitutions.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • If you use buttermilk you will need to add in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Freeze any leftover waffles by laying them on a sheet pan 1" apart and flash freezing for 30 min. Then remove and place them in a freezer bag.
  • Frozen waffles may be reheated in the microwave or in the toaster.
  • You can keep the cooked waffles warm on a sheet pan in the over at 200 degrees while you cook the remaining waffles.

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Gingerbread Waffles

yield: 4-5 waffles

1 1/3 cups milk
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg. grated
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings:  Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup, Powdered Sugar (Optional)

In a large bowl whisk together the milk, butter, molasses, sugar, and egg until combined.  Add in flour, all the spices, baking powder, and salt.  Mix until just combined and all the flour is incorporated.  You may have some small lumps.

Preheat your waffle iron and allow the batter to rest while it is heating.

Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and scoop about 2/3 cup of batter in the middle of the waffle iron.  Cook according to your waffle iron manufacturer's directions.  It should be done when the steaming stops.  You want them golden brown.  Remove from the waffle iron and place on a tray.  Continue until all waffles are cooked.

Serve waffles with hot maple syrup, whipped cream, or powdered sugar.

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