Thanksgiving marks the important beginning of the holiday shopping season but also demarcates the start of the equally important holiday food season. Gone are the days of pumpkin spice, enter a blissful period of latkes and/or things flavored with nutmeg and cloves.
We first made these gingerbread waffles last year and I made them again last week on Thanksgiving morning. This time I had the good sense to make a double batch (recipe below is for a single batch) so that we could have them for breakfast throughout the week. Toasting up a piece of one after dinner also makes for a great dessert.
When you take these out of your waffle iron don’t be worried that they have burned. They have a very dark color because of the molasses and brown sugar in the batter so even when cooked to perfection it can cause some confusion.
After you cook them let them sit for a minute or two; at first they will be quite soft but they’ll firm up as some of the steam escapes and leave you with a nice crispy waffle. If you’re headed back to work today after a long weekend these will hopefully make for a good start to the day!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea or table salt
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup molasses
- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- In a large bowl combine the the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl bowl, whisk together the milk, molasses, sugars, egg and butter until combined.
- Pour the wet into the dry ingredients and stir with a whisk or fork until just combined.
- Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Pour just under ¾ cup of batter into the hot waffle iron, or until about ⅔ of the cooking space is covered. Close and cook according to directions. It will take about 4-5 minutes for each waffle depending on your waffle iron.
- Remove finished waffles from iron and place on a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving. Repeat cooking process with remaining batter.