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Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Waffles and pancakes have the power to heal. There is something about the thick batter and maple syrup that breathes life into bent shoulders and cures the woes of the soul. This past week has not been the best of weeks for me. There have been books, a career-defining exam, and a homemade stack of flashcards ever growing in height. There has been a car accident, a sore neck, and bent metal (but thankfully no real injuries). There have been insurance companies, a battered ego, and frustration trying to find new forms of transportation.

When the world hands me trouble and strife, I make waffles.

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I wish I could say I always handle myself with grace under pressure and kindness under stress, but it isn't always the case. I often become selfish and inconsiderate during these moments, putting my own problems and worried emotions above others. In a way, it's a form of self-preservation; a coping mechanism to hold myself together enough to make it through a taxing afternoon. Even so, it doesn't excuse my behavior.

I want to apologize to my boyfriend for yelling at him when he was only trying to help me study for my exam (I was just frustrated with myself, not you). I'm sorry I haven't been very pleasant this past week.

Pumpkin Waffles

Last Sunday I set aside time to make waffles—a brunch for two was on the menu. I needed a little comfort food to cure the aches of my week, fall spices to bring warmth back into my disposition, and pumpkin to remind me of the changing leaves outside my window. Even though waffles will never truly solve our problems, they can help us find a new perspective with which to approach them.

Waffles and pancakes have the power to heal. They just need to be given the chance.

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles have a bright flavor and a seasonal draw. The waffle batter is thick, with plenty of cinnamon and spice to keep the flavors warm. When the waffles cook up, the inside sets almost like a pumpkin pie, while the outside stays crisp. The waffles may need to cook a little longer to achieve this texture, but a few extra minutes on the clock are worth the final product. These waffles are a lovely addition to an autumn brunch.

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Pumpkin Waffles

Yields 2-3 servings

3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 cup (245 grams) canned (or fresh) pumpkin puree
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 57 grams) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (237 ml) milk
1 1/2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat waffle iron.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree, melted butter, vanilla, and milk until uniform. Gently mix in the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt until smooth.

Cook the waffles in the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. I found that these waffles took longer than average to cook (approximately 8 minutes) because the waffles are so moist. Cooking the waffles longer can also provide crisper edges. Use your best judgement!

Serve warm, topped with a healthy dose of maple syrup.

Reader Comments (23)

I desperately wish I had a waffle iron!
10.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMimi
Wow, it looks incredible! :)
10.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMila
Soooo making these this weekend! They say it's gonna be cold and rainy Sunday. This is the perfect comfort food for a relaxing day at home!
10.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I freaking love this idea!
I love that calorie quote. So true... and your waffles look delicious
10.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbritainknee
I'm sorry to hear you've had such a rough week :( I hope things are looking up for you now.

As for the waffles, they do look like they have magical powers that make everything better. I love pulling apart my waffles and eating the crusty bits. I can't wait to try these some time. :)
I actually have all of these ingredients...dangerous. These look incredibly amazing!
10.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta E
these photos make buying a waffle iron seem like an absolutely necessary purchase. yum!
10.14.2012 | Unregistered Commentersofia
Your blog is a treasure! I just found it this morning, and I'm in love. The pictures, your words, and the quote...just perfect. Thank you for sharing and for making me get out my waffle iron. Have a beautiful day!
10.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonet
I cannot get over how awesome your silverware, plates, pitchers, and jars are. They are wonderful props for your photos! Where do you purchase them? I've certainly been shopping at the wrong places for my dinnerware!

Also, where do you find such suitable and clever quotes for your recipes?
10.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
Angie-- I actually find the vast majority of my food props at thrift stores. They can be hit or miss, but I can't say no to the cheap prices and unique finds. I find the quotes in books and on websites (GoodReads is one of my favorites).
10.14.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
These look fantastic and I'll be trying this recipe very soon!
10.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie
Kristin, this is my first time visiting your site, and I love it! Your photography is exquisite. I make this recipe with my family a bunch and make a foamy buttermilk syrup that is to DIE for with these yummy waffles.
10.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaycie
These look glorious! Homemade waffles are the best and the addition of pumpkin makes it perfect for Fall. When I'm pressed for time I go with frozen waffles.
Just love your literary touch with this one. Photography is awesome and the recipe is great! Haha. Total Greatness and Awesomeness!
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucy Hill
I had these for breakfast this morning......sooooo yummy!!
10.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
Sorry about your rough week! I hope this one will be better. I wish I had a waffle iron because these look incredible, but like you said, pancakes also have the power to heal. :)
These look amazingly good. Beautiful photos, too. :-)
11.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
Just made these this morning! Absolutely delicious!!!
11.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchelsey
I will have you know, I made a triple batch of these waffles in my Double Belgian Waffle Maker. Divine! I froze them individually in quart freezer bags and toast them up in my convection oven in the mornings. My husband absolutely LOVES these, as they quickly disappeared from the freezer :) {Making another triple batch today!} I have to say it is truly a blessing to have a wonderful man by your side as you face struggles in life. And knowing why you are sorry and admitting your faults is so vital to a healthy relationship. I hope your Sunday Brunch for two warmed your souls! Thank you for sharing your story, beautiful photography and incredible recipe with the world. Our tummies and taste buds are especially grateful!!
12.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline
I just made these for my boyfriend and I and they were amazing!!
03.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Hi Kristin! Would substituting whole wheat flour in these waffles be a bad idea?
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Emily-- I'd do half whole wheat, half all-purpose. All whole wheat flour can often taste too bitter.
01.21.2014 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau

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