Spiced Yogurt Waffles with Toasted Pecan Maple Syrup

January 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Posted in breakfast things, pancakes/waffles, sweet things | 25 Comments
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spiced yogurt waffles with taosted pecan maple syrup
Since we moved back to Brooklyn, I’ve been going out for a lot of Sunday brunches with my BFF, who handily lives about a twenty minute walk away.  I like having breakfast made for me, and a spicy bloody Mary in my hand while I catch up with a friend.  But, truth be told, most of what I shell out hard-earned $$ for at brunch, I could make just as well (and sometimes better) at home.  When it’s too cold out and the snowbanks are too high to scramble over, I do just that.

I don’t take my waffle maker out of its box very often (in fact, the last time I did, it was to make these apple ones), but sometimes the urge strikes to switch things up from eggs or pancakes.  I always have yogurt in the fridge, so I wanted to give this recipe a try.  The warm spices and pecans also sounded pretty good to me on a chilly morning.  I read that some folks thought they didn’t turn out crispy enough, so I gave mine a few extra seconds in the iron to make sure that wasn’t an issue.  Bring on the maple syrup, and I think I just may keep the waffle maker out for another week!!

spiced yogurt waffles with taosted pecan maple syrup

Spiced Yogurt Waffles with Toasted-Pecan Maple Syrupmakes about 10 waffles
adapted from Fine Cooking, Issue 108

Steph’s Note:  The number of waffles you get will depend upon the size of your maker.  This recipe halves well, but I like to wrap up extra waffles individually and freeze them.  They can then be re-heated and crisped-up in the toaster or oven.

9 oz. (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1-1/2 cups plain full-fat or low-fat yogurt
3/4 cup whole milk
2 large eggs, separated
3 Tbs. vegetable oil; more for the waffle iron
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

-Heat the oven to 200°F and heat a waffle iron, preferably a Belgian waffle iron. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, milk, egg yolks, vegetable oil, and vanilla.

-In a medium bowl, with a wire whisk or electric hand mixer, beat the egg whites to soft peaks.

-With a spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the yogurt mixture until just combined (the batter should be a little lumpy). Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter until just incorporated.

-Brush the waffle iron with a little vegetable oil. Working in batches, cook the batter in the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions until crisp and golden. Set the waffles directly on the oven rack to keep warm. Do not stack them.

-Meanwhile, in a 2-quart saucepan, warm the maple syrup over medium heat. Stir in the pecans and keep warm.

-Serve the waffles with the syrup.


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  1. I don’t break out the waffle maker either but I have to for this recipe. I have a tub of yogurt that needs using up.

  2. These look good..often we are not all together at breakfast, but I sometimes make breakfast for dinner…I have to try these.

  3. Steph, these look wonderful. I am *way* into breakfast foods lately and these look awesome. Love the “spice” addition to the batter…sounds perfect for this time of year!

  4. These look delicious, especially with the addition of walnuts! Yum!

  5. Wow these look so good and wonderful crisp and golden on the outside. I’ve not had waffles for ages! Going to have to have some soon.

  6. Spiced waffles….a first for me, but I am intrigued!! Looks amazingly delicious!

  7. Now I am totally craving some waffles. I don’t think I’ve had any since last summer. Yikes. That’s a long time to go without a plate of waffles. Once I get my waffle back here, I will be making myself a stack of these ones. I’ve never used yogurt before in the mix so that should be tasty.

  8. Wow – these look divine! We are huge waffle lovers here so I see these in our very near future.

  9. These look soooo yummy! I love making waffles…and really wish I did it more often. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  10. Yummmmmmm!!!!!!!! I’m making these for sure!!! I can not wait. We love the Greek yogurt, so that’s what I’ll use. Thanks for the post! Pics are great:)

  11. your photos are stunning..

  12. This recipe is so unique, I never thought about including spiced yogurt with waffles before. This looks so yummy. Thanks so much for the new recipe.

  13. Wow. Those waffles look amazing! 🙂

  14. Your photos are perfect! I couldn’t stop staring. Love that combination of spices.

  15. i agree… doing brunch @home is often underrated. these waffles look delish… perhaps this may be just the thing to convince me to finally get a waffle maker! thanks for sharing.

  16. Pecan, Waffles and Maple, what could go wrong. This is so delicious!


  17. Those waffles look perfect! I would love them on this snowy morning!

  18. nothing better than waffles on the weekends!

  19. I always have yogurt in the fridge so I’m going to try these.

  20. Absolutely stunning! 🙂 Spiced waffles are my favorite! 🙂

  21. Oooo, now I might have to get a waffle maker just to try these out!

  22. Your waffle pics are amazing! Looks like I’ll have to go borrow my mum’s waffle maker pretty soon…

  23. I’ve never actually made waffles from scratch but wow your pictures are so appetizing that I might need to make these for dinner!

  24. Hey, I just made these tonight using oikos organic greek yogurt, whole milk, and instead of pecans i put blueberries in the syrup. They were not “soggy” at all. Very good recipe!

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