Caramelized Apple Waffles are fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside, with grated honeycrisp apple in the batter. Top these delicious waffles with caramelized cinnamon spiced apples for the ultimate fall breakfast!
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Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Homemade Waffles – These fluffy waffles are easy to make with pantry staples, and are equally delicious.
- Caramelized Cinnamon Apples – Sliced apples are cooked for a few minutes on the stovetop with butter, cinnamon, and vanilla to make the most delicious topping for your waffles.
- Fall Flavor – This breakfast has next level fall flavor in every bite! We’ve got apples, cinnamon and other warm spices like nutmeg and cloves.
- Apples – Use a sweet apple for the waffles and the caramelized apples. Stay away from soft apples like McIntosh. Try honeycrisp, gala, or pink lady apples.
- Butter – I always use salted buter for the best flavor, but feel free to use unsalted butter if you prefer.
- Eggs – We’re using the egg whites and egg yolks separately in this recipe. Beating the egg whites and folding them in helps make the waffles fluffy.
- Vanilla extract – Use real vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Apples – These are cinnamon apple waffles, but you can of course swap apples for another fruit if you prefer. Pears and peaches would work beautifully! Just cook them for a bit shorter on the stove as they’re softer fruits.
- Dairy-free – Feel free to use non-dairy milk and butter to keep this recipe dairy-free. Oat or almond milk should work well.
How to Make this Recipe Step-by-Step:
Step 1: Make the Batter. Beat your egg whites until stiff, then set in the fridge for later. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and the remaining wet ingredients, then stir in the dry ingredients and the grated apple. Gently fold in the egg whites last.
Step 2: Cook the Waffles. Preheat your Oster® DiamondForce™ Belgian Waffle Maker and spray well with nonstick spray. Once heated, fill the griddle with batter, and cook until golden brown. The nonstick coating ensures you end up with all the waffles on your plate, and not stuck to the pan!
Step 3: Make your Caramelized Apples. Make this while you heat waffle iron. Cook sliced or diced apples in a medium saucepan over medium heat with brown sugar, butter, and spices for a few minutes, until apples are caramelized and tender.
Step 4: Dig In! Top your apple waffles with the caramelized apples, whipped cream, pecans, and maple syrup. These waffles hold plenty of syrup, thanks to the deep pockets created with Oster’s® DiamondForce™ Belgian Waffle Maker This is the most indulgent and cozy fall breakfast, and one of the best waffle recipes you’ll make! The whole family will love these.
Expert Success Tips:
- Gently Fold & Don’t Over Mix – Be sure to gently fold the egg whites into the batter, and once the last few streaks disappear, stop mixing for the best result.
- Can I Make these Ahead? I recommend making the waffles the day you plan to serve them, but the apples can be made a day ahead, stored in the fridge, then gently reheated in a pan.
- Other Fruits – If you want a different fruit to top your waffles with, try ripe sliced peaches, pears, or plums. Cook them in the same way, but for a few minutes less as they are softer.
- Other Spices – Try a mix of cardamom and cinnamon if you aren’t crazy about cinnamon spice, or if you want more of a chai spice feel.
- Maple Glaze –Add my maple glaze on top if you want these to feel like apple fritter waffles!
Serving + Storing this Recipe:
These waffles are best enjoyed on the first day – you can’t beat freshly-made waffles, but leftover apples and waffles can be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge for a few days.
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- Salted Caramel Apple Galette
- Cranberry Apple Crisp
- Homemade Apple Fritters
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- The Best Recipes to Make During Apple Season
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Caramelized Cinnamon Apple Waffles
For the Waffles
- 2 large eggs, divided
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 cups milk I used 2%
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 medium apple, grated try something sweet like a honeycrisp or gala
For the Caramelized Apples
- 4 large apples, sliced 5 and 1/2 cups, I used a mix of honeycrisp an golden delicious
- 3 tbsp salted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- pinch of allspice
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp water
- Make the Waffle Batter: Separate the egg yolks from the whites, keeping the egg yolks in a spare measuring cup in the fridge for later. In a large mixing bowl, add the two egg whites and mix with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form (a few minutes). Scrape the stiff egg whites into a small bowl and pop in the fridge for later. Give the large mixing bowl a quick wipe with a clean kitchen towel, and add the butter. Melt the butter, then whisk in the maple syrup. Whisk in the reserved egg yolks, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour, spices, salt, and grated apple (a box grater makes this easy) and stir until the last streaks of dry ingredients disappear. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites with a spatula just until the last white lumps disappear, although you may still have a few white specks throughout the batter (this is fine).
- Cook the Waffles: Make your apple filling once the waffles are cooking – it's a great way to be efficient while you wait for each batch to cook!Heat your Oster® DiamondForce™ Belgian Waffle Maker and spray with nonstick spray. Add one quarter of the batter and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Your cook time will vary depending on the waffle maker, so keep an eye on the first one (start with a small amount of batter as a test). The waffles will be golden when done.
- Make the Caramelized Apples: Rinse (peel if desired) your apples. Slice into 1/2 to 1/4 inch slices. Add all the apple filling ingredients except the corn starch and water to a medium pan over medium high heat. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring lazily the whole time, until apples are softened to your liking. Add the corn starch and water to a small bowl, and stir until the corn starch is dissolved. Pour this into the apple filling, and cook, stirring, for 45 seconds to thicken. Remove from heat. Make-Ahead Tip: This can be done a day ahead.
- Serve + Store: Serve the hot waffles while piping hot with the caramelized apples, butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and even chopped nuts. Store leftovers of each the waffles and apples in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.