March 22, 2011

Whole Wheat Waffles & Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

With these Whole Wheat Waffles' delicious hint of cinnamon and vanilla, you'll want waffles for breakfast {or dinner} every day.

Whole Wheat Waffles
Every now and then, you just gotta have breakfast for dinner.  At least I do.  My favorites? ~ French toast ... and these delicious whole wheat waffles (smothered with pure Vermont maple syrup, of course.  We'll talk detail about syrup later). 

But just one little syrup note before we move on -- usually, maple syrup would be flowing all over my plate when I have waffles.  A terrible thing happened while I was preparing the plate above, though - I ran out of maple syrup!!!  Totally unbelievable in my household.  So, I had to place an emergency order to have some shipped in from Vermont.  Fortunately, it arrived today.  And rest assured, future waffles will be appropriately syrup-bathed.

I absolutely adore these whole wheat waffles ~ the batter has just a touch of cinnamon and vanilla that give a fabulous flavor to the finished waffle.

When the batter is mixed up, I think it's totally cool how the leavener starts to work right away - and you can actually see the batter getting "puffy" right in the bowl.  Like, immediately.


Toss some of that beautiful batter into a preheated waffle maker.  I use a Belgium waffle maker so I get really big-and-thick waffles.  I like 'em that way.

Whole Wheat Waffles

And then cook until the waffle maker sounds it's alarm.  Now, why can't our ovens have alarms that let us know when baked goods are done?  It would be so much easier that way.  But I digress ...

Whole Wheat Waffles

Serve up your whole wheat waffles with a generous ... very very generous, if you're me ... slathering of maple syrup.  Or butter.   Or honey.  Or strawberries.  Whatever you prefer.  I'm a maple syrup girl, myself.  And growing up in Vermont, I'm absolutely a maple syrup snob.  So let's talk syrup for a minute.

Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in the United States, and it's some amazingly fabulous stuff.  Being a syrup snob, I only eat pure maple syrup ... and preferably only pure maple syrup made in Vermont.  None ... absolutely none ... of that fake stuff for me.

Some syup details ... Maple syrup comes in several grades, ranging from fancy to grade C.  Maple trees naturally produce lighter colored maple syrup early in the season that gradually deepens in color and flavor toward the end of the sugaring season.  Fancy is the lightest in color, followed by Grade A Medium Amber and Grade A Dark Amber.  Then ... late in the season ... you get really dark, bold-flavored Grade B.  That's what I love!  The last grade, Grade C, typically is produced at the very very end of the season, and is sold in bulk to industrial producers of maple flavored products rather than packaged for retail sale.


What grade you prefer is purely a personal choice.  As for me, I'm a Vermont Grade B girl, all the way!

For me, there's just simply no other way to enjoy my waffles.

Whole Wheat Waffles
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Whole Wheat Waffles
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
1 ½ c. whole wheat flour
½ c. all-purpose flour
¼ c. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
3 T. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1 ½ c. milk
3 eggs
½ c. unsweetened applesauce
1 ½ tsp. vanilla

Directions
Combine dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients; stir to combine.  Cook in waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions (I use a Belgium waffle maker for big, thick waffles).
Makes approximately 12 waffles.

Enjoy!


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6 comments:

  1. I will be making this for dinner soon.... ashamed to admit I buy "lite" syrup which is really not syrup at all. Ok, you are convincing me! I will buy some Vermont grade B when I find it! LOVE your wonderful blog-you're great!

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  2. UPDATE: you are right! It is sooooo good~ THANKS A BUNCH!!!

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  3. You have me craving these now! I used to hate real maple syrup growing up. I only ate the fakey maple flavored kinds. Yes, I was weird, but I love the real stuff now!

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  4. wow! These look so good I'd love some right now! We only use whole wheat flour and I think I'd add some protein powder for extra protein. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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  5. These look wonderful! I love that they are whole wheat. Pinned :). I'll have to try those Gingerbread waffles too! My son would love them.

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  6. I wish we had a waffle iron, those waffles look delicious! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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