Recipe: Pumpkin Waffles

There is nothing better for breakfast than warm Belgian waffles straight out of the waffle iron!  There’s something just so homey about it.  I make them a lot on the weekends when I have time and then toss the extras in the refrigerator or freezer so I can enjoy them all week long.  Keeping with the pumpkin theme of the week, I found an awesome recipe on a blog dedicated specifically to pumpkin waffles!!  How perfect!!

Homemade Pumpkin Waffles Recipe | FoodMarriage.com

I made them exactly the way the recipe said.  There were definitely a lot of ingredients and a lot of different steps, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing!  They were delicious, dense, and very filling, so I only needed to eat one to fill me up!
Pumpkin Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Recipe will make about 4 round Belgian waffles.

Pumpkin Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons dried ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Prep your waffle iron as you usually would (I typically coat mine lightly with vegetable oil).
  • Pre-heat waffle iron.
  • Mix your brown sugar and cornstarch in a bowl with a whisk to break up the cornstarch. Next, add in all remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg) and mix with the whisk well to blend. Set aside.
  • Using two additional bowls, separate your egg whites into one bowl and your yolks into the other.
  • Add your pumpkin and your milk to the egg yolks and whisk until blended. Set aside.
  • Whip the egg whites on high with a hand mixer on high for about 2 minutes. They will become fluffy. Now, set this aside.
  • Pour the melted butter into your pumpkin/milk/egg yolk mixture and whisk.
  • Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and continue whisking to blend.
  • Pour your whipped egg whites into the rest of the ingredients and fold in with a spatula. Continue blending until you don't see any of the white anymore.
  • Pour your batter into your waffle iron. I found that because these were denser waffles, they took longer than a typical waffle to cook. (My best advice would be to go with how long you normally cook your waffles, and then just leave them in a little longer and continue checking on them)
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Recipe Adapted from: Pumpkin Waffles Blog
 

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Just because St. Patrick’s Day is over, doesn’t mean the Irish recipes have to stop!!!  Here’s a recipe for Irish Soda Bread that I got from a friend from my Bridal Shower.  I did swap out the margarine in the original recipe for butter, since I love baking with butter.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe - make it for St. Patrick's Day! It is quick and done in under an hour. | FoodMarriage.com

It was the first time I ever made Irish Soda Bread, and it turned out fantastic!  Since it turned out so good, I thought I would share it here as well.  Enjoy!  Thanks again for the great recipe, Jackie!!  I will definitely be making this one again!!

Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 round loaf of bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 8 ounces of plain yogurt
  • Milk (just a bit for brushing on top)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix your flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Add in your melted butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • Next, add in your caraway seeds and yogurt.
  • Finally, stir in your raisins.
  • Knead the dough until smooth.
  • Shape into a large ball and then flatten slightly.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut an "X" into the top.
  • Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush the top with milk.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cook on wire rack.
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Dessert Recipe: Cracker Candy

I absolutely LOVE dessert.  If dinner didn’t exist, I would be perfectly happy going straight to dessert.  So you will definitely continue to see dessert recipes quite often throughout Food Marriage.

Here’s a recipe that I have been making for years.  I call it “Cracker Candy” as it is made with crackers and turns out tasting much like a toffee candy with chocolate.  It’s great to put out in a bowl at a party or even put in a fancy tin to give away as a gift during the holidays (around holiday time, it also pairs well with peppermint bark!)

Cracker Candy

Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve of Keebler Club Crackers (Original Flavor)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts (Optional)
  • Foil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil (I wrap the edges of the pan in the foil, too)
  • Cover the entire bottom of the cookie sheet with crackers end to end until all crackers fit snugly against each other (You may need to break a couple crackers at the bottom to make sure it fits well)
  • Melt butter completely in the microwave in a small bowl.
  • Stir in the sugar to the melted butter (it will not completely dissolve so do not be worried if you see the sugar sitting at the bottom. Just mix it as well as you can)
  • Pour the butter/sugar mixture evenly over the crackers (Make sure the crackers don't pop up and slide around).
  • Use a spatula to spread the butter/sugar mixture everywhere so all crackers are covered.
  • Put the cookie sheet into the oven.
  • Bake in the 350° for 10 to 11 minutes (the butter will also start bubbling up)
  • Remove from oven and immediately pour the bag of chocolate chips evenly over the crackers.
  • After all the chocolate is spread, you can also add a sprinkling of crushed nuts if you would like. I chose to not include the nuts this time (really because I didn't have any in the house) but they are really good with nuts too!
  • Allow to cool and put into refrigerator to continue cooling and harden the chocolate.
  • Once completely cool and hardened, remove from refrigerator and break into pieces (You do not have to break in the shape of the crackers; i just break into random pieces for a jagged look)
  • Keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator until serving.
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Hope you like to eat this sweet and salty treat!!!
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe: Mini Pizzas on English Muffins

Everybody loves pizza!  Here’s a recipe that both kids and adults alike will enjoy!  It’s great to make just a couple for a mid-day snack or lunch, or make more for a fun appetizer for a group.

Mini Pizzas on English Muffins Recipe @FoodMarriage

Mini Pizzas on English Muffins

Mini Pizzas on English Muffins

Ingredients

  • Thomas' English Muffins (I use the Whole Grain kind...can't hurt to TRY to be healthier)
  • Contadina Pizza Squeeze Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Your favorite seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Select desired amount of English Muffins and cut each muffin in half.
  • Toast each half of English Muffin in the toaster.
  • Place toasted halves of English Muffins onto a baking sheet (nooks and crannies side facing up!)
  • Pour Pizza Sauce onto the center of each English Muffin and spread with a knife.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce.
  • Top with a shake of your favorite seasoning (I tried a Mrs. Dash blend of Tomato, Basil, and Garlic this time around. You can also try things like red pepper flakes, Italian Seasoning, etc)
  • Place baking sheet in oven for approximately 5 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve.
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Fast, quick, easy, and delicious Pizza Time!
 

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