Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Apples
- 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, plus 8 Tbs. (1 stick) melted butter
- 6 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Whipped cream for serving
Preheat a waffle maker on medium-high heat according to the manufacturer's instructions. Preheat an oven to 200°F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, the 8 Tbs. melted butter and the remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, the 1/3 cup sugar, and the remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. salt. Add the flour mixture to the yolk mixture and whisk until smooth.
In another bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula, fold 1 cup of the whites into the batter, then carefully fold in the remaining whites.
Pour about 1/3 cup batter into each well of the waffle maker and close the lid. Cook until the waffles are golden brown and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the waffles to a wire rack set on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat to cook the remaining batter.
Serve the waffles hot with the caramelized apples and whipped cream. Makes twelve 4-inch square waffles.