I love waffles! They are probably my favorite warm breakfast food, but they have to be regular, crispy waffles, not the fluffy Belgian waffles. And I'll tell you what, we had a heck of a time finding a regular waffle iron when we were registering for our wedding gifts. Everything is of the Belgian variety these days.
Pear waffles are simply waffles topped with sliced pears and maple syrup. It was a combo I randomly came up with a while back and it's just fabulous. The waffle recipe is great on its own too, a little sweet with a hint of spice from the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book
Yield: 10-12 waffles
1 3/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg (preferably freshly ground)
3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
1 3/4 cup milk (or substitute buttermilk)
1/2 cup oil
2 pears, sliced
Real maple syrup
Preheat a waffle iron. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. In another bowl beat eggs slightly, then beat in milk and oil. Add to flour mixture all at once. Beat until just combined, but still slightly lumpy.
Pour batter onto grids of a lightly greased waffle iron. Close lid quickly and do not open during baking. Bake according to manufacturer's directions. When done, use a fork to lift waffle off grid. Repeat with remaining batter.
Top waffles with sliced pears and maple syrup, and enjoy.
*The best amount of batter for our waffle iron (without over flows) is 1/3 to 1/2 cups and makes about 10-12 waffles.