Like I have mentioned before I am not one that regularly cooks elaborate breakfasts. I stick to my coffee and an english muffin or yogurt or the best combination ever (aka cheerios and sliced bananas). However, occasionally I wake up or am in a setting where nothing but a big warm, homemade breakfast will do. In this case if was an occasion for waffles. Now, everyone has their preferences for breakfast carbs and will stick to their favorite in a battle any day. Growing up i happen to be a pancake kind of girl, and not just any kind of pancakes either, they had to be peach. God bless my father who, every weekend would cater to that craving while my twin sister would insist upon chocolate chip. In the end…he made both. Who really knows why some people attach strongly to waffles or pancakes and what kind of each they live by, but for some reason it sometimes seems as if people rep their breakfast carbs as much as their favorite football team.
My mother on the other hand was a huge fan of homemade waffles. I think I never became a huge fan of the waffles because it was hard to get fun ingredients like peaches or chocolate chips actually inside the waffle. And simply putting a sugary (natural or not) topping was not sufficient for my childhood sweet tooth. But over the years my mom slowly worked us until we caved in and agreed to waffles and taught us the beauty of a good topping.
And so it was that this particular winter morning, we all got talked into waffles with warm apple compote. And since I had some leftover cranberries from the previous meal (spinach salad with goat cheese and cranberries), I added them to the warm apples to add the perfect tartness to the sweet apples.
Homemade waffles with Warm Apple Cranberry Compote
Ingredients: (makes about 12 waffles)
- 2 cups bisquick pancake/ waffle mix
- 1 1/3 c milk
- 2 tbl vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- cooking spray to coat the waffle iron
- 4 apples, washed, peeled, and cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 2 tbl ground cinnamon
- leftover fresh cranberries (see previous post)
- heat up the waffle iron
- mix the first 4 ingredients together until blended.
- when waffle iron is hot spray with nonstick cooking spray and add about a half cup of the batter to the center of the iron
- cook according to waffle iron directions
- while the wafles are cooking, place the apple pieces in a microwave safe bowl (you can also do this on the stove), add the sugar, cinnamon, and cranberries to the apples and mix until coated.
- Place bowl in microwave and cook on 2 minute increments, stirring after each, until the apples are soft
- when all the waffles are done (make sure you are checking them so they dont burn!), place on a place and top with the apple compote. (we decided to make some eggs too to round out the meal but that up to you!) ENJOY!