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Never have a cup-and-a-half of chopped apples had such a special mission. They went into a batter for some Apple Cinnamon Waffles to be served during the first breakfast of Camp G&G, just after the enrolled camper arrived for his first day on site.
Camp G&G is the activity this week for our 1-year-old grandmunchkin, who’s camped out at our place while his parents are gone for a much-deserved getaway. Hubby and I have set aside the week for his entertainment. Naturally we wanted the inaugural breakfast to go well—and to get things off to a healthy start. Since I’m still hard-charging to help bring on fall by cooking as many apple dishes as possible, a breakfast item containing apples just had to be in order.
A tad of cinnamon added to the fairly traditional batter recipe with the apples folded in (recipe courtesy www.southernfood.about.com) gave these waffles on the griddle a wonderful aroma. When they were done, Munchkin dined on baby-sized bites, while Granddaddy’s bites were a bit more sizable. Both gents seemed perfectly pleased with their apple delectables. (A note about the recipe: I didn’t have egg whites from the separated eggs, since we use egg substitute, so I didn’t have the beaten egg whites to fold in but simply used 3/4 cup egg substitute, the equivalent to 3 whole eggs. I didn’t find that this substitution hurt the recipe one bit.)
I confess that I don’t think I’ve ever added apples to a waffle recipe before, but after trying these and enjoying them immensely, I don’t know why I waited so long. This made for a wonderful breakfast; if an apple a day truly keeps the doctor away, we’re destined for a healthy Camp G&G week.
Apple Cinnamon Waffles
2 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
3 eggs, separated (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)
1 1/2 cups skim milk
5 tablespoons melted shortening
1 1/2 cups chopped apples (I used about 2 rather large Granny Smith apples)
Mix and sift dry ingredients. Combine beaten egg yolks, milk, and melted shortening. Beat until smooth. Stir in chopped apples. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour or spoon apple waffle batter into each section of a hot waffle iron. Cook waffles until they are crispy and browned. Makes 6 servings.