It’s pumpkin season, this is my absolute favorite time of year and I want to celebrate by focusing on some recipes using pumpkin. Now, I am not the adventurous type that buys a whole pumpkin and goes through the arm breaking task of cutting and cleaning, Libby’s pumpkin puree is just fine by me.
These waffles are light, soft and delicious. I saw the recipe on Martha Stewarts site and adapted it substituting part of the all purpose flour for toasted pecan flour. The gentle warm spicing and pumpkin flavor of these waffles is like having Fall on a fork. It literally takes only minutes to put these waffles together and it makes a hearty and delicious meal. I like to think that with the nut flour and pumpkin it’s health food. The compound butter is also nice because in reality you are using less butter since you have added pumpkin pureé. Win win!
Pumpkin Pecan Spiced Waffles
Adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup +2 tbs toasted pecan flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
scant 1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup pumpkin pureé
1 stick (1/2 cup melted butter
Pre heat your waffle maker. To toast the pecans heat oven to 350 place 1 cup pecans on baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or just until you can smell the nuts. Let cool and then grind in the food processor or vitamin, it will resemble course flour. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, spices, salt, baking soda and powder. In large bowl whisk together the milk, egg, pumpkin, eggs and melted butter add the flour mixture and stir until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes and follow manufacturers directions for your waffle maker. Keep them warm in the oven after you make each batch. They freeze beautifully also, I usually put in a zip lock bag with each waffle separated by parchment.
Pumpkin Compound Butter
1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
1/4 cup pumpkin pureé
2 tsp brown sugar
Pumpkin pie spice blend (You can use the same spices in the waffles)
Mix it all together until thoroughly blended. Serve on top of waffles