When the air turns from crisp to chilly, and a light blanket of snow has begun to appear, I know autumn is ending. The ideal time for me to enjoy a mug of hot spiced cider has arrived. And since I have a large jug of apple cider handy, why not use some to make waffles as well?
We enjoyed our apple cider waffles for brunch, with a side of crisp bacon strips. I added some Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream as a topping to my double stack, which made the glaze less necessary. If you prefer syrup to glaze, I recommend trying some cinnamon maple syrup to accent the spice blend in the waffles. Or if you really want the apple cider flavour every which way, you can reduce 2 cups of cider on the stove until it thickens into 100% cider syrup.
Apple Cider Waffles with Cinnamon Cider Glaze
For the waffle batter:
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (may use part whole wheat)
- 2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons golden (light brown) sugar, optional
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter or oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¾ cup pure apple cider (without preservatives if possible)
For the cinnamon cider glaze:
- 1 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons apple cider, divided
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, oil or butter, and apple cider.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients, stirring together until evenly incorporated.
- Heat waffle iron and spray or baste with oil. Cook waffles until golden. Cover to keep warm.
- To make the glaze, whisk together icing sugar with cinnamon. Add 1 Tablespoon cider and melted butter or oil and whisk until a paste forms. Gradually add more cider until glaze reaches desired thinness.
- To glaze the waffles, dip one side of each waffle into the glaze. Or serve waffles with cinnamon maple syrup or Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream.