Winter waffles with nuts and warming spices are real soulfood during the cold season. Maybe you'd like a Christmas waffle for a holiday brunch? Or cinnamon waffles after a chilly Christmas-hike in the cold? No matter what the occasion: the winter wafer recipe is well received by the whole family!
The aroma from the waffle iron is always wonderful anyway. When you add orange dust, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and co. to the dough, you feel a bit like in Winter Wonderland. Our kitchen smelled like a mixture of Christmas market and bakery 😉. And the waffles were eaten very quickly accordingly... For the recipe, I pimped the classic version in many ways. The winter wafers are sweetened for example with a mixture of brown and white sugar and some honey. Chopped (and preferably roasted) hazelnuts or almonds provide the bite. Spices are of course particularly important. Either in the form of a ready-made or self-made gingerbread spice - or just with cinnamon. Because the winter waffles also taste good in the new year.
Wonderful moist and aromatic German gingerbread without flour - much better than the purchased ones! The Elisen gingerbreads taste pure, with sugar icing or white or dark chocolate.
I served a cranberry compote as a side dish. And for the very first time ever I used fresh cranberries (don't laugh, but in Germany, cranberries are - believe it or not - a real exception, and they're hard to get). I simply boiled them up with a little water, freshly squeezed orange juice and sugar. And they burst, which is pretty funny 😉 . Let it boil down for a short time, done.
This is how apple-cinnamon waffles or chocolate-nut waffles are made from the dough.
Of course, the winter waffles are also delicious without any extras: only powdered with icing sugar. For me the icing cannot be separated from waffles, especially when it comes to Christmas waffles. Instead of the non-existent snow outside 😉 ... If you like variety you can vary the recipe wonderfully. For apple wafers with cinnamon or waffles with nuts and apples, simply add finely grated or diced apple pieces to the dough. With a little baking cocoa, you can make chocolate nut wafers in no time at all.
With this winter waffle recipe we wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts. Pleasant, happy and contemplative moments with your loved ones! Many greetings, Kathrin & Jan and the two little bakers of happiness
- ½ cups butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 mid-sized eggs
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ⅓ cup chopped hazelnuts
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 teaspoons ginger bread spice
- 1 cup milk
- Beat the soft butter with the two sugars and the honey until foamy. Add the eggs one after the other and stir in carefully.
- Mix flour with nuts, baking powder and gingerbread spice or cinnamon. Alternate with the milk and stir in as well. Use as much milk as you like until the dough falls from the spoon as if it were a cake batter.
- Heat the waffle iron and lightly grease it. Put about 3 tablespoons of dough in the middle, close and bake until golden. It is best to eat the waffles fresh or briefly keep them warm in the oven at a low temperature.
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