So Phil saw his shadow this morning and now we have to suffer through six more weeks of winter. But I don't care because this morning, I made some pecan waffles, as I do every Groundhog Day. This morning, they were very special pecan waffles. More on that in a minute.
Back in the mid-70's, I actually attended the shadowcasting at Gobbler's Knob, an event that pretty much topped out on the bogosity scale. I wrote a post about it last year - My Groundhog Day - which you might want to check out if you believe groundhogs can predict the weather or have a tendency to trust a bunch of strange old men.
Anyhow, I began a tradition then of celebrating Groundhog Day by making pecan waffles. There is no connection that I know of between pecan waffles and groundhogs, but I love pecan waffles and won't hesitate to manufacture any excuse to eat them. This year, I came up with a new recipe, one that ought to land me in the Waffle Hall of Fame, and I'm happy to share it with you.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the
Candied Pecan Waffle
So, start off with your favorite waffle batter recipe. Mine is:
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 & 1/2 cups half & half
Combine the dry ingredients. Mix the egg yolks and half & half, and add, alternating with butter and oil, to the dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Whip the egg whites and fold into the batter.
Okay, here's the genius part: make candied pecans
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp. water
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix sugars and cinnamon. Whip the egg white, water and vanilla until very frothy. In a large bowl, toss the pecans with the egg white mixture until they're evenly covered, then add the sugar mixture and toss again until sugar is evenly distributed. Spread out pecans on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 275° for 30 minutes, cool and separate.
Add whatever is left of the pecans - I know you already snacked on at least a 1/2 cup of those - to the batter, make waffles, drench with pure maple syrup, and enjoy!