Throughout the majority of the summer, I’m quite happy to have a grab-and-go-type breakfast. A banana, maybe a bowl of cereal, a piece of toast with peanut butter and jelly… nothing terribly high maintenance or warm, for that matter.
However, once fall starts to kick in, I crave hot, satisfying breakfasts. Oatmeal is usually my go-to; I make it with cinnamon, maple syrup, chopped apples, raisins, and walnuts. It’s wonderfully filling and packed with flavor. Things like pancakes and waffles inch back onto my radar, as well.
To celebrate my brand new waffle maker, I decided it was high time to whip up a recipe on my to-do list since last fall. Cinnamon-spiced Belgian waffles topped with praline syrup… every bit as decadent as you might imagine, and every bit as delicious, too.
Nothing is quite like waking up on a chilly morning, wrapped up in your favorite pajamas or blanket, and sitting down to a fabulous, warm breakfast. It’s such a treat, and I revel in it since breakfasts like this are not every day.
As you might imagine, the praline syrup certainly falls on the high side of the sweet meter, so if you are particularly sensitive to sweets, you could dress these waffles up with the customary butter and maple syrup. No harm, no foul, and they will taste absolutely fantastic. You could even throw some chopped pecans on for good measure… And a couple of pieces of oven-baked bacon. You know, to balance out the sweet and savory, of course.
This recipe made eight waffles in my waffle maker, and I froze the leftovers. A quick trip in the toaster oven (or regular toaster, for that matter), and they’ll crisp right up. What’s your favorite way to top a waffle? More importantly, what’s your favorite cool-weather breakfast food?
One year ago: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones
Six years ago: Hearty Beef Stew
For the Waffles:
- 3 eggs, at room temperature, separated
- 1½ cups (360 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
- ½ cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, melted
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- 1½ cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) ground cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) kosher salt
For the Praline Syrup:
- 1 cup (220 g) dark brown sugar
- ½ cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes
- ½ cup (0.03 ml) maple syrup
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- 1 cup (99 g) coarsely chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Preheat a Belgian waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and whisk until smooth.
- In another medium bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold half of the egg whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the brown sugar, butter, maple syrup and salt. Heat the mixture, stirring when the butter begins to melt. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the syrup is smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the pecans, then remove from the heat. Spoon the syrup over the waffles and serve immediately.
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Just made your praline waffles and praline syrup. I was wondering how long the syrup can stay in the refrigerator before I have to toss it? Both were absolutely wonderful. The only addition I did was to add a little boiled apple cider to the syrup when cooking it.
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Gorgeous, I love that praline syrup!
I love breakfast! These will definitely be on my breakfast table soon! I want tons of that syrup!
I am sucker for anything with pralines and these look soooooo yummy!
Ooh praline syrup – deliciously decadent!
Oh that syrup! Whoa baby, that is incredible! Love the waffles!
Looks absolutely Yummy!
These waffles like so perfect on a chilly fall morning….oh, heck they look perfect for any morning! Praline syrup all the way, btw!!!
Oh wow..oh wow.. oh wow!! That´s all I´m going to say! Love it!
These look perfect!! The perfect cozy morning breakfast!
Such fabulous recipes this week! I love raspberry jam on my waffles, but the praline syrup looks like a must try! Thanks, Michelle!
I want this for dinner! Forget waiting for breakfast! :)
These would make any fall morning perfect! I love the flavors in these waffles!
Sounds great. Eat the same thing every morning. Oat bran with flax seed meal.
Waffles would be good a night for me.
My favorite topping for waffles is Raspberries and “pudding sauce” – made from 1 part waffle batter and 2 parts milk, sugar to taste and a splash of vanilla. Just heat the milk until steaming, add the waffle batter cook until thickened then add sugar and vanilla, serve hot! My favorite breakfast is Dutch Babies with Raspberry Syrup!
I have been craving waffles, so I think this might just push me over the top and get making them!
This is my kind of breakfast! Love the sound of the praline syrup!
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Not only do the waffles look amazing but so is your new waffle maker! Funny you should mention freezing the left-overs…I was just thinking about that the other morning. Do you just zip-lock them and freeze or do you wrap them first? Oh and with a waffle maker like that I think we expect even more amazing recipes!! LOL
I’ve frozen leftover waffles – just throw into a zip bag – successfully. Pop them into the toaster when you want them. Michelle, when you’re planning your holiday cookies, think about Boot Tracks – not sure this is the exact recipe I used – which were so cute. I used a regular waffle maker. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/boot_tracks.html
Hi Vicki, I placed them on a rack in the freezer, then once frozen, just threw them into a freezer-safe zip bag.
This is a seriously lovely breakfast!! Yum!
These look fantastic. I’m thinking a few banana slices and you’ve got Bananas Foster waffles. For added nutrition, of course.
My saliva glands are just having a field day at the thought of tasting these waffles… and the pralines, Wow! I totally agree, hot breakfasts during Fall & Winter are the Best. When the holidays come around, I also like to make French Toast with Egg Nog or Bailey’s Cream in the batter… Yummm!
What an amazing breakfast!!
I am so drooling right now! I love waffles and I haven’t had one in forever! My wafflemaker took a crapper, I so need to get a new one right away!! Awesome recipe!
Talk about a fantasy recipe! I still remember the first time I tasted the magic that is a praline. And I love waffles too. Nice combo!
These look SO GOOD! I love anything praline! Unfortunately waffles makers aren’t that easy to find in Italy, I may have to order one on Amazon!
My breakfast is the same year round (cheese sandwiches), but one of my favorite breakfasts is Swedish hotel breakfast with salmon.
Okay, that’s it, I’m buying a waffle maker!
Shut up! These are for breakfast. How I would love to live in your household. The only thing missing is some icecream
Hot breakfasts like this in the autumn tme are a must, especially when they look SO TASTY :)
I completely agree – cooler weather calls for hot breakfasts! These look so tasty xo
I want that Praline syrup on everything! Dark brown sugar and maple and butter…yes, please! Clearly I need to dust off my waffle maker for these!
Oh I think my favourite topping would have to be fresh strawberries drizzled with melted chocolate!!! So amazing!!! But yes I agree with you, oatmeal is my usual go to winter breakfast, although now that my side of the world is coming into summer I have kissed the oatmeal goodbye for a while, in favour of fresh fruit salad with Greek yoghurt, Bircher muesli or of course, peanut butter and jam (jelly!) on toast!! :-)