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Gingerbread Waffles with Pear Sauce Recipe

Makes: 6 large waffles

These homey waffles add up to an awfully good reason to get up in the morning. The pear sauce is easy and delicious, but for a quick substitute try applesauce, sautéed apples or pears, maple syrup, or pecans.

INGREDIENTS

For the Pear Sauce:

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 cup wildflower or other medium-colored honey
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the Waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground dried ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or corn oil
  • 1 egg
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Make the sauce: Place the pears, honey, and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until the fruit is soft. Add the lemon juice and mash with a potato masher. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger in a medium bowl. Add the milk, molasses, oil, and egg, and stir until well combined. Cook in a waffle iron, for about 90 seconds. (The cooking time will vary with your waffle iron and with your preference for doneness.) Serve immediately, with the pear sauce.

Excerpted from Prairie Home Cooking, by Judith Fertig. © 1999, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.