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The Tastes of Fall

Fall is in many ways a season of feasts.  From Thanksgiving through Halloween, and then turning our eyes to Christmas, we gather to celebrate with our families and friends, and these celebrations are very often centered around a meal.

Guests at the Briarcliffe Inn love the homemade breakfasts provided during their stays (a celebration in itself) and the recipe below has been one of the Inn’s guests favourites for years.  The flavours in the recipe below marry perfectly with all those warm spices – cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.  The addition of the Molasses Cinnamon Syrup makes for a perfect combination for fall and the holidays!

Pecan-Molasses Waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs; separated
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 molasses or light molasses
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 finely chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk yolks, milk, molasses and oil; add into dry ingredients and mix until smooth, then stir in nuts.
  3. Beat egg whites in small mixer bowl to soft peaks and fold into batter.
  4. Measure and pour 1/3 cup of batter into preheated and greased waffle iron and cook until golden and cooked through.  Makes approx. 6 waffles.

 

Molasses Cinnamon Syrup

  • ½ cup Demerara sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 6 Tbsp. Water
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon; ground
  • 1 Tbsp. Salted butter

 

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat together the sugar, molasses, water, and cinnamon over medium heat.  Bring to a low boil and continue stirring until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter.  Cool slightly.
  3. Transfer to a pouring pitcher for serving or a glass jar for storing (or gifting!).
  4. Keep refrigerated and use within 2 weeks.  Makes a little over ¾ cups of syrup.

Your family and friends will love this recipe so much that they will be asking you over-and-over to make the waffles every time they visit.  Why not give them the gift of this waffle mix this year – put the dry ingredients in a baggie and then place that bag into a seasonal decorative fabric bag or gift bag and include a tag with the recipe.  Makes for an extra special homemade gift anytime of year!

Have you ever received a special homemade edible gift from family or friends?  Share with us your gift idea and/ or recipe!  Enjoy this gift from the Briarcliffe Inn… just for you!

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