It isn't fall without pumpkin and your day can't start without breakfast, right? Begin a crisp autumn morning on the right foot, with a hot cup of coffee and a stack of these delicious pumpkin spice waffles! These waffles are made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, then topped with a cinnamon caramel syrup that's so good, you'll want to enjoy it on everything from pancakes to cinnamon rolls. You could honestly just eat the topping with a spoon, but the crispy, fluffy waffles are perfect for soaking it all up. Add chopped pecans or other nuts to add a little crunch and whipped cream for the perfect finish.
- For the Syrup:
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cup of butter (salted)
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- For the Waffles:
- 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of salted butter (melted)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- Whipped cream
- Chopped pecans
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Make the Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter and brown sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon every few seconds until the butter has melted.
Slowly add the heavy cream, being careful as it will foam quite a bit. Stir it in with the wooden spoon and allow to boil for one to two minutes.
Turn off the heat, stir in the vanilla extract and cinnamon and set aside until you are ready to serve. You can also keep the syrup warm over extra low heat if you wish.
Make the Waffles
Heat your waffle iron as you're mixing the batter. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, including the spices.
In a liquid measuring cup or other medium sized bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Whisk until combined, being careful not to over mix. Allow to sit for five minutes and then begin cooking your waffles.
After batter has rested, add about 1/4 cup of the batter to the waffle iron at a time. Cook until fluffy and crispy, according to your waffle iron instructions.
Once all the waffles are complete, drizzle with the cinnamon caramel syrup and top of chopped pecans and whipped cream, if desired.
- Make the cinnamon caramel syrup ahead of time if you wish. It will thicken when it cools, but just heat it up in the microwave or on the stove top in a small pan and it will loosen back up and be ready to pour.
- To make sure the waffles stay toasty until you're ready to serve them, heat your oven to 200 F and place them on a tray inside as you finish to keep them warm and crispy.
- If you don't have the nutmeg and cloves, you can substitute "pumpkin pie spice," which is a pre-made spice mixture that often contains these spices.
- Feel free to make only the syrup and then put it on plain waffles or make the pumpkin waffles and then top them with regular syrup. Both the syrup and the waffles are a little more involved than the basic version of each respective dish, but they are both well worth it and delicious together.