Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bourbon Sweet Potato Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter

Towards the end of last week we were able to catch up on the DVR. One show we’ve been anxiously awaiting was the recent Iron Chef America episode on the Food Network. While I didn’t intend to keep with the theme of my last post, the secret ingredient just happened to be bourbon!

Since I still have some sweet potatoes from my Dad’s garden in the kitchen, I perked up when I saw that Iron Chef Cat Cora was roasting some sweet potatoes for one of her dishes. The final creation was a bourbon sweet potato waffle.

Can you guess what I made for Sunday breakfast this weekend?

I used a combo of whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour and maple syrup to make a hearty, slightly sweet waffle. A little nutmeg and cinnamon in the batter gave it a mild holiday flavor.

I decided to top it off with a simple, sweet butter made with cinnamon and maple syrup. If you add the butter when the waffles are warm, it will melt down into a cinnamon sauce and you won’t need any additional syrup at all.

Bourbon Sweet Potato Waffles

2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tbsp bourbon
¼ cup mashed sweet potato

Preheat your waffle iron and melt the two tablespoons of butter. This will be used to brush on the iron before cooking the waffles.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup and bourbon. Whisk in the sweet potato vigorously to break up any clumps.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring gently to incorporate. Once the batter is mixed, brush butter on the waffle iron and pour by ¼ to 1/3 cup portions onto the hot waffle iron. Cook about 3 to 4 minutes, until the waffled is puffed and slightly browned. Makes 6 to 8 waffles. Top with maple cinnamon butter when warm. (recipe below)

Maple Cinnamon Butter

½ stick unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp maple syrup
¾ tsp ground cinnamon

Stir all ingredients together until combined. You can also use a small food processor to blend the ingredients. Add more cinnamon or syrup to taste if desired. Makes about ¼ cup.


Amanda said...

oh man! those waffles and the cinnamon butter look incredible. I love waffles without syrup so I know I'd love using the maple cinnamon butter only.

lesley lifting life said...

The waffles look awesome, Lori ... and I love the addition of sweet potatoes : )

Imwaytoobusy said...

Wow, these waffles look delicious. The butter just looks like a scoop of heaven. Your photography is amazing. Fantastic blog!

OysterCulture said...

Whoa, these waffles look like the bomb and complete with bourbon, sweet potato, and maple cinnamon butter? Is this not the perfect taste trifecta?

Chow and Chatter said...

wow awesome waffles so creative

Debinhawaii said...

Iron Chef worthy for sure Lori! ;-) The waffles look amazing and I am loving that maple cinnamon butter--so perfect for fall.

Faith said...

Man those waffles looks fantastic!I love the addition of swwet potatoes. Nice touch.

MelindaRD said...

All I can say is Wow! It looks so picture perfect and absolutely delicious.

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

Lori!!! Those sound amazing! i would eat them for ANY meal of the day!!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Heavenly. I can't remember the last time I had a waffle!

Daily Spud said...

Every time I see a post about waffles, I tell myself that I need a waffle iron, and this is no exception. One of these days I shall add one to my kitchen armoury and have waffles like these for breakfast every weekend :D

Alicia said...

Oh wow, Lori! I can feel these waffles calling my name. These are definitely going on my list of recipes to make soon! Love the blog!

5 Star Foodie said...

Those sweet potato waffles sound divine! We almost made something similar this weekend, now I regret that we didn't, but now I will bookmark your recipe! I love the addition of bourbon and the maple cinnamon butter pairs perfectly!

Eliana said...

Bourbon, sweet potato, maple, cinnamon - this is one knockout of a waffle. It looks and sounds super delish!

Sagan said...

Best Sunday breakfast ever!

I love the little ball of butter perched on the side of the plate. Your presentation of food is always beautiful.