Pumpkin Waffles

Mar 24th

So yesterday my first class made whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and smoothies as their “chosen” breakfast. It went great! I took all these pictures and then forgot to take any of the FINISHED PRODUCT. Well, that just won’t do! So I decided to scrap that class and do 7th pd.’s class instead, since it was so similar. They chose pumpkin waffles, a berry smoothie and bacon.

Whenever we do something with pumpkin in it I hear at least once in each class, “these don’t taste like pumpkin at all!”. They mean that as a compliment to the recipe, but it’s somewhat backhanded, no? I LOVE pumpkin! These don’t taste super pumpkin-y; you taste the pumpkin pie spices more than anything else. They are pretty healthy, as far as waffles go, and I think would be great with half and half whole wheat flour.

So each kitchen made a batch of waffles (this recipe makes about 5) and then I had two kitchens fry the bacon and the other three make the smoothies.

BY THE WAY. If you wanted to make pumpkin pancakes instead, just sub out 2 tbsp. of the oil, and you have yourself some great pancake batter! The only real difference between pancake and waffle batter is the amount of fat used. Waffles have more. So for this recipe we actually added 2 tbsp. of oil to make a pancake recipe into a waffle one. Worked great!

Pumpkin Waffles (makes about 5)

½ c. pureed pumpkin

¾ c + 2 tbsp. milk

 3 ½ tbsp. canola oil

1 ½ tsp. vanilla

1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 egg

1 ¼ c. flour

2 tbsp. brown sugar

¾ tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

*Remember.. 1/2 c. of pureed pumpkin is 300% of your daily vitamin A needs! As an antioxidant vitamin A helps skin to repair, stay moist, and produce the enzymes that stabilize the production of collagen!

*Pumpkin Pie Spice? 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. allspice

1. Combine pumpkin with milk, oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Stir until smooth.

2.   In another bowl, combine dry ingredients (pumpkin pie spice, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder and mix well.

3.       Combine dry ingredients to wet and stir until smooth.  

 4.       Lightly oil waffle iron.

5.       Pour a full 1/3 c. batter onto griddle.

6.       Waffles will take about three and ½ minutes.

7.       Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Now meanwhile, we had some bacon cooking.

How do you cook bacon? Medium heat, fry pan. NO other fat needed, there is plenty in bacon! Lay out strips on a cold pan, they will bunch up less.

Take off heat when there isn’t any glaringly white parts left, but before you think it’s actually done. It’s pretty easy to overcook.

Bacon is about 60 calories a piece. Turkey bacon is 30 (and much less saturated fat). Sausage is bad for you.

Here was the smoothie we used. I wrote up this recipe a while ago, when I thought it would be cute to put clip art pictures in. Strange…

And the finished feast!

Ten very quiet minutes went by, and all the plates looked like this:

My class this afternoon is doing fried eggs, cheese and bacon on kaiser rolls with sides of hash browns and stewed apples. I made up the recipes for the potatoes and apples, so I will have to do some tasting to determine which recipe should go up tomorrow.

ALSO, as a fun wrap-up to the breakfast unit, tomorrow we are making grilled peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwiches! I’m excited.. they’d better share with me!

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