And just like that fall is in full swing! Celebrate the season’s best flavors with this Spiced Cinnamon Apple Waffles with Bourbon Syrup recipe.
And just like that, we’re already in the midst of fall!
I know, I know. These things are all so basic and typical for fall.
But how can you not love those flavors, especially this time of year?!
Naturally, I, Alyssa, couldn’t help but pull a very basic move and combine allllll the fall things into one very autumnal breakfast.
I mean, does it really get more seasonal than spiced cinnamon apple waffles with bourbon syrup?
I could be wrong, but I’m 99.9% sure it’s what fall dreams are made of…
The Spice Cinnamon Apple Waffles
The spiced cinnamon apple waffles themselves are thick and fluffy on the inside with just the right amount of crunch on the outside.
AKA they’re the perfect vessel for all of the delicious toppings to come.
They’re minimally sweetened to let all of the warm and fragrant spices stand out.
And best of all, it keeps from overpowering the sweetness of the apples and syrup.
Speaking of the apples, the compote comes together in a snap and it’s good enough to eat plain.
Which means you may or may not want to make extra if you hope to have any left for the waffles, haha!
The Bourbon Syrup
But the star of this whole breakfast masterpiece is really the bourbon syrup.
It’s only a few ingredients. And it’s a serious game changer for these waffles (and probably any other breakfast food you choose to put it on)!
The syrup recipe does make extra so I highly recommend adding a little to some bacon slices before cooking them to serve alongside these spiced waffles.
Trust me, it’s a life changing move that you will not regret.
FYI, it can be made in advance and just stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator!
That’s all there is to it! Now you’re ready to enjoy all the fall flavors with these Spiced Cinnamon Apple Waffles with Bourbon Syrup!
Spiced Cinnamon Apple Waffles With Bourbon Syrup Recipe
- Small saucepan
- Large skillet
- Large mixing bowl
- Hand or stand mixer
- Waffle maker
For the bourbon maple syrup:
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 bourbon/whiskey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp orange juice
For the apple compote:
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 large apples or 3 small apples, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
For the spiced cinnamon apple waffles:
- 2 cup flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 egg separated
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cup buttermilk
- Yields 6-8 waffles
- Optional additional topping ideas: whipped cream, mascarpone, toasted nuts, powdered sugar
To make the bourbon maple syrup:
- In a small pan set on medium-high heat, stir together the syrup, bourbon, vanilla and orange juice.
- Bring to a boil and continue cooking for about 10 more minutes, or until the mixture has reduced and thickened slightly.
- Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
To make the apple compote:
- In a large skillet set over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of syrup and pinch of salt, and stir to combine.
- Continue cooking, until the sauce mixture begins to bubble and the apples soften, or about 5-6 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
To make the spiced cinnamon apple waffles:
- In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl (or stand mixer), beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Meanwhile, in a separate bowl combine the remaining items (egg yolks, melted butter, vanilla and buttermilk) and whisk until well combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only a few times (do not mix everything together at this point).
- Next, gently fold the egg whites into the mixture and combine until mostly incorporated (do not overmix...if the ingredients are only 97% mixed together, as opposed to 100%, it’s definitely ok).
- Scoop batter onto a greased and heated waffle maker and cook until golden brown. Tip: to keep waffles warm and crispy while you cook the remaining waffles, simply place them on a baking sheet, in a single layer, in an oven set to 225 degrees.
- Serve the waffles with apples, a little cream or mascarpone if you’d like (I chose mascarpone here), and plenty of that bourbon syrup. I also hear it pairs well with bacon, coffee and crisp fall mornings!