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Dessert Nerd | Mission: Praline Waffles

By Heather Dyer

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Waffles that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and loaded with All The Good Things.

This message will not self-destruct, although your diet plan may.

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon bourbon (optional, but I like putting bourbon in everything)
  • Whipped cream (homemade or store-bought)
  • Bourbon butterscotch sauce

Makes about 8 waffles

The night before: In a large mixing bowl, pour in the water and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let it dissolve for 5 minutes. Add the butter, milk, salt, sugar, and flour and mix until smooth and combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter overnight.

Whip up a batch of bourbon butterscotch for tomorrow. (You can find the recipe for the sauce in this post here.)

When you wake up the next morning, you will be greeted with a sight similar to this:

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NOT especially attractive, but just wait, it’s gonna be gorgeous soon!

Now:

Toast the pecans over medium heat in a dry non-stick pan until fragrant, remove them and pour into a bowl to cool. Careful, it only takes a few minutes and they will burn easily! I am not disclosing whether or not I burned mine. You can’t tell from the picture anyway.

Add the eggs and baking soda to the batter and stir to combine. Add the bourbon and ¾ cup of toasted pecans.

Turn your waffle iron on to a nice high setting and let it warm up. When it’s preheated, use that ¾ cup scoop to dispense the batter. Use a spoon to spread the batter to all edges, and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions.

NOW it’s gorgeous, right?

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Dress up your waffle with whipped cream, Bourbon Butterscotch, and additional toasted pecans. It’s so decadent, it’s perfect for a holiday or when relatives (the ones you like, anyway) come to visit for a weekend. The waffle isn’t overly sweet, so it can stand up to the rich butterscotch and sweet whipped cream. The toasted pecans give it a nice crunch.

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I tried mine a bunch of times to make sure it was good enough for you guys. Because I care. And because it was freaking delicious.

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Mission accomplished!

(Recipe adapted from Food52: Genius Recipes)

 

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