Waffle irons, I fear, get a bad rap. People see them as the sort of item one asks for in a fit of alimentary idealism, only to leave them languishing, barely used, on a high and dusty shelf.
The problem, I've come to realize, is a lack of pumpkin. If you put pumpkin in the waffles, the iron doesn't languish, on account of the fact that there was pumpkin in your waffles and you cannot stop thinking about them.
Don't believe me? Try making these. You'll see.
2 eggs, divided
Scant 1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 tbsp melted butter
3/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 pinches ground cloves
1 cup Bob's Red Mill 10 grain pancake and waffle mix
3/4 cups water
3-4 drops vanilla extract
Combine the egg yolks, pumpkin, melted butter, and spices
in a large bowl. Add the waffle mix, mashing with a fork to distribute the
wet ingredients equally. Slowly add 3/4 cups water, mashing as
needed to get out any lumps. Stir in the vanilla.
Preheat your waffle iron to medium high (setting 4 on a Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Iron).
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites till stiff, then gently fold them into the batter.
Pour the batter according to waffle iron directions (I do just under 1 1/2 cups) and cook until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
Serve hot, with maple syrup. Marvel at the crispy outside and fluffy inside. Try to share with your table mates. Plan your next waffle adventure, keeping in mind that lunch is a perfectly reasonable time for an encore.