About this recipe:Pumpkin waffles are unique for autumn and winter brunches, a special breakfast at the weekend or even for a dinner party pud. These are served with an apple-cranberry relish that features maple syrup and chopped pecans. Granny Smith or even Cox's apples work a treat!
3 large Granny Smith apples
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
175ml maple syrup, divided
50g dried cranberries
50g chopped pecans
100ml rapeseed oil
125g pumpkin puree
135g wholemeal pastry flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
100g crème fraîche
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:30min › Ready in:55min
To make the Apple-Cranberry Relish: Peel, core and chop the apples into quarter-inch pieces. Combine the chopped apples, 50g butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice, zest and 3/4 of the maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook 5 to 10 minutes until apples are tender and cranberries have softened.
Remove apples and cranberries using a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl. Simmer the apple syrup mixture until thick, about 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining maple syrup. Add the pecans to the apple-cranberry mixture.
Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
Mix the eggs, buttermilk, oil and pumpkin puree in a bowl, beating well. Combine the pastry flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. The batter should be pourable; add a tablespoon more buttermilk if necessary.
Cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve hot, topped with a dollop of crème fraîche and apple-cranberry relish, with spiced syrup on the side.
You can find tinned 100% pumpkin puree at Waitrose, via Ocado or in specialty shops. You can also make your own with this recipe.