Friday, July 3, 2009

Peach Waffles with Caramel Sauce

I woke up starving this morning, and with everyone at home for a long 4th of July weekend I wanted to make something special. We had one small peach in the fridge to work with so I thought something with caramelized peaches or peaches and caramel would be perfect. After browsing through a few recipes I came across one for peach waffles on Recipezaar and pulled up their top rated caramel recipe to go with it. The result was a rich and filling breakfast the whole family loved.

Here is my adapted recipe for Whole Wheat Peach Waffles with Caramel Sauce:
Serves 3.

Caramel Sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar OR 1/2 cup white sugar + 1/2 tbsp molasses
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 small peaches, peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups whole wheat bread flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Prepare caramel sauce by melting butter in a small saucepan. Add slowly stir in brown sugar. Cook while stirring until thickened, about 2 minutes. (Note: if you are using evaporated cane juice and molasses you may need to cook up to 2 minutes extra until there are no longer large crystals in the syrup). Slowly add cream and mix while cooking 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and add in vanilla. Transfer to a serving dish or storage container and chill until ready to use.

To make waffles, preheat waffle iron to a medium high heat. Melt butter and combine with sugar and peaches in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and ginger together and combine with the egg mixture until moist. Add vanilla and stir in milk until a thick batter is formed. Add to greased waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions until lightly browned (about 3 to 5 minutes).

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