you could say we are slightly addicted to waffles and pancakes on the weekends. we are so well behaved during the week with our cereal for breakfast, so it's nice to have some fun on saturdays and sundays.
over the weekend we made waffles for breakfast with brown sugar bacon in them. this wasn't our first rodeo with brown sugar bacon, but it was the first time we ever put it inside waffle batter.
if you are a fan of bacon, you absolutely need to try brown sugar bacon. it is the easiest thing in the world to make and it is so incredibly good. all you do is arrange uncooked bacon on a baking sheet and sprinkle brown sugar over the top of it. the bacon gets really crispy in the oven and the brown sugar caramelizes on top of it. oh my goodness!
as if brown sugar bacon wasn't good enough by itself, it is even better inside waffles . . . with maple syrup. yum!
this recipe made plenty of waffles, so we had leftovers. store your leftover waffles in the refrigerator in ziploc bags and then reheat them in the toaster. (of course you could freeze them too.)
now, if you are a fan of chicken and waffles, might i suggest trying these waffles with some poultry. we didn't have chicken prepared, but we did have turkey. (i roasted a 13 pound turkey over the weekend.) so, on sunday night, ryan warmed up one of the leftover waffles and covered it with some turkey and gravy. oh my goodness, it was so good.
last week we ate a ton of vegan and vegetarian recipes . . . this week, not so much. you know, balance :-)
brown sugar bacon waffles
prep time: 10 minutes
baking time: 15-20 minutes
cooking time: 4-5 minutes per waffle (depending on your waffle iron
yields: about 5 servings
adapted from joy the baker
uncooked low-sodium bacon
dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
to make the bacon: cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. arrange the bacon on the baking sheet in a single layer. generously sprinkle the brown sugar over the bacon. bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the sugar has caramelized. remove from the oven. place the bacon on a cutting board (not a paper towel, they will stick) and allow the bacon to cool. once cooled, chop the bacon into small pieces.
to make the waffles: in a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and whisk until incorporated. fold in the chopped brown sugar bacon. pour enough batter into the waffle iron to just barely cover the waffle grid (usually about 1/2 cup of batter per waffle). cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the waffles are golden brown. once cooked, transfer the waffles to a baking sheet and keep them in a warm oven while you prepare the remaining waffles. serve hot with maple syrup.