Why are waffles such an indulgent breakfast or brunch treat? Perhaps it’s because they require about the same amount of attention as their cousin, the pancake. Not that pancakes aren’t mouthwatering, of course.
Nevertheless, waffles have a certain mystique about them. When you tell your family or guests that you’re making homemade waffles, their eyes are sure to light up. Next time you’re whipping up breakfast, consider using our recipe for amazing pecan waffles. You’ll enjoy the taste of food that seems like it came right from Waffle House.
Waffle Makers or “Irons” for Excellent Flavor
It’s important to mention that our Waffle House pecan waffles require a waffle maker. The good news is that waffle makers (also called waffle irons) aren’t hard to find. You can pick one up at a local store that sells house appliances. Or, you can probably find a terrific deal online.
Most waffle makers on the market today offer you both convenience and easy cleanup. However, if you’re ordering online, you should check out the reviews before hitting the checkout button. Customer testimonies (like the ones we get regularly for our delicious pecans and pecan snacking products) will give you peace of mind.
The Secret Behind the Ingredients
In addition to having a waffle maker and necessities like mixing bowls and spoons, you’ll need ingredients. As bakers ourselves, we recommend choosing the freshest options available. Pick a high-quality butter or margarine, for instance. And ensure that you’re buying pecans from Pecan Nation.
At Pecan Nation, we’re fifth-generation pecan farmers who are serious about bringing you a product that always pleases. We harvest our bounty at the height of freshness, and you’ll taste the difference it makes. Our pecans are the perfect addition to make this recipe unbelievably tasty.
Syrup for a Special Touch
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention syrup at least once when talking about our pecan waffle recipe. You can opt for maple syrup, which is the tried-and-true option. For the best taste and drizzle, splurge on pure maple syrup instead of imitation syrups. Pure maple syrup has a stronger, truer flavor. It also doesn’t contain unwanted additives.
If you want to spice up your breakfast or brunch buffet table, you may want to give your hungry audience some other types of syrups to try. From pecan syrup to blueberry syrup, you can always find an option to please. Locally sourced honey is also a solid choice. Many people prefer a bit of honey to other sweeteners.
Topping Ideas for Your Waffles
After you’ve cooked your Waffle House pecan waffles to perfection, you can sprinkle creative toppings over them. In our humble opinion, the best waffles are the ones loaded with other ingredients.
Some terrific toppers for your pecan waffles include pecan pieces (we love these!), homemade whipped cream, drizzled dark chocolate, berries or freshly sliced fruits.
Pecan Waffle Ingredients
Here we go! Below are all the ingredients you’ll need to make pecan waffles that people will rave about long after they’ve cleaned their plates.
- 3 cups white or wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon (you can add more if desired)
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups chopped pecan pieces from Pecan Nation
How to Make Pecan Waffles
- Prepare and preheat your waffle maker per the manufacturer’s directions.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix together egg yolks, buttermilk and vanilla extract in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Make sure all wet ingredients are well-combined.
- Pour milk and egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Add in melted butter or margarine, as well as vegetable oil. Stir together your ingredients until batter forms.
- Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until they start to form stiff peaks. Usually, this takes several minutes, but if you beat the egg whites by hand, it will take longer.
- Fold beaten, stiff egg whites into the batter until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
- If needed, spray waffle iron griddle plates with a non-stick coating. (You can bypass this step if you have a non-stick waffle maker.)
- Pour the appropriate amount of batter into your waffle maker. Before closing your waffle maker, sprinkle a few pecan pieces into the batter.
- Close the waffle maker and cook the waffles until fluffy.
- Serve your pecan waffles hot with all the toppings and syrups you can imagine.