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.

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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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!

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