Waffles Topped With Warm Apple Compote And Cinnamon Whipped Cream {Sunday Brunch}

We have a confession to make.  We can’t stop buying apples right now.  From Hunger Mountain Co-op to farm stands to Vermont’s orchards to the Shaw’s grocery store floor, fresh local apples are all around and these two southern transplants are scooping them right up by the bag load.  We’ve made apple slaw, apple dressing, apple scones, apple chutney, and apple bread pudding.  Yep, we told you.  We just can’t stop.

Today the inspiration continues just as the apple picking season comes to an end. We dusted off our hand-me-down waffle maker (which we scored from the trunk of a friend’s car) and sliced up some of the Empire varietals for yet another sweet treat that we’ll continue savoring through fall. 

Let’s let loose on some Waffles Topped with  Warm Apple Compote and Cinnamon Whipped Cream, shall we?

Ingredients – Waffle Batter

  • (2) free range eggs
  • (2) cups of all-purpose flour
  • (1) and (3/4) cup of  milk
  • (1/3) cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • (4) teaspoons of baking powder
  • (2) Tablespoons of sugar OR (3) Tablespoons of raw honey
  • (1) teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • (1) teaspoon of Kosher salt
Apple Cinnamon Waffle Ingredients And Recipe Vermont

First whisk your eggs and vanilla together.

Apple Cinnamon Waffle Ingredients And Recipe Vermont

Then pour your egg mixture into a medium bowl and add your remaining ingredients. Whisk thoroughly.

Because each waffle maker is different, we recommend you take it from here and follow the manufacturer’s direction for the perfect waffle.

Ingredients – your apple cinnamon compote goodness:

  • (1) lemon, zested and juiced
  • (1/4) cup of butter / equates to (1/2) of a stick
  • (5) fresh apples, chopped or sliced (we prefer sliced)
  • (1/2) cup of brown sugar
  • (1) teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • (1/2) teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • (1/2) cup of toasted walnuts

Directions:

1. In a large saute pan, melt your butter on medium-low heat.

Apple Cinnamon Compote Waffles Vermont

Feel free to reduce the amount of butter... we know what you're thinking. Reminder, moderation.

2. Next, add your apples, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Mix together and cook for (10) – (12) minutes until they start to color.

Apple Cinnamon Compote Waffles Vermont

We used Empire. Try selecting a sweet local variety from your neck of the woods. We would love to hear what you choose!

3.  Then, add your sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Mix and cook down for an additional (10) minutes.

4.  Meanwhile, place your walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in your oven on 325 degrees for (3) – (4) minutes (MAX)

5.  You can either add those walnuts to your compote and mix OR use as a topping on your waffles.  We blend.

Apple Cinnamon Waffle Ingredients And Recipe Vermont

Your compote would also be perfect with pancakes, crepes, french toast or even as an ice cream or pound cake topping.

Apple Cinnamon Compote Waffles Vermont

Smelling sweet and ready for our warm waffles.

And Finally – Ingredients – cinnamon (freshly) whipped cream:

  • (1) cup of heavy cream
  • (1/2) cup of sugar
  • (1) teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • (1/2) Tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1.  Combine your heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. 

Apple Cinnamon Waffle Ingredients And Recipe Vermont

Ready. Set. Whisk.

2.  Pull out your whisk and whisk, baby, whisk.  Faster…faster…faster…
     (Or if you have a handy electric mixer, take a shortcut and save your forearm.)

Cinnamon Whipped Creme Vermont

Harrison recommends the overhead test for consistency. Personally I think he just likes to show off his bad $#% hand whisking skills.

3.  You want to reach a perfectly fluffy texture.  Like a’ this.

Cinnamon Whipped Creme Ingredients And Recipe Vermont

Repeat after me. I will never by whipped cream in a can again. Did you know that most whipped cream in an aerosol can contains oil, not creme?

The time has come!  Plate up your waffles, add your sweet apple compote and add dollops of your fluffy fresh whipped cream.

Apple Cinnamon Compote Waffles Vermont

Warm apple compote and waffles with cool whipped cream - a dream.

 
Sweet idea: Add a dollop of your cinnamon whipped cream to your coffee for the perfect accent.
 
Cinnamon Whipped Creme Green Mountain Coffee Vermont

Save your $4 and create this cinnamon treat at home.

Until we’re inspired again,

A + H

Warm Cinnamon Apple Scones {Sunday Brunch}

Hi friends. We hope you’re loving fall as much as we are.  There is just something about the crisp cool air, the rich colored leaves, the re-emergence of pumpkins, Indian corn and warm cider that just makes us want to snuggle up and bake, bake, bake. 

Last week my adorable mom flew into town while Harrison was away to keep me company and to have her own New England fall foliage experience.  More on that later but one of the perfectly Vermont adventures we had was heading over to the charming Shelburne Orchards for apple picking and well, all things apple. (Thanks to Susan for the recommendation!)  That day trip just so happened to inspire today’s cozy Sunday brunch treat. 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Soft. Warm. Airy.

Let’s let loose on some Warm Cinnamon Apple Scones shall we?

Ingredients for your dough:

  • (1) cup of heavy cream
  • (2) and (1/2) cups of all-purpose flour
  • (6) tablespoons of sugar
  • (1) and (1/2) tablespoons of baking powder
  • (1/2) teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • (1) and (1/2) sticks of unsalted butter

1.  Pre-heat your oven on 350 degrees (conventional) /  or 325 degrees if you have a convection oven.

2.  In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients from above. 

3.  Cut your sticks of butter into squares and add to your dry mixture. 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

somehow butter just makes life better.

4.  Get your hands into it and combine the butter with your dry mixture.  You want to create a mealy texture (similar to biscuit dough). 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

You want your mixture to be pretty granular. Mixing by hand helps you gauge it.

5.  Next, create a well in the center of your mixture. 

6. In your fancy well, add your deliciously rich heavy cream.  Set aside and move on to prep your garnish below.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Fill that "well" friends.

Ingredients for your “goodness” – your apple garnish

  • (1) and (3/4) cups of freshly picked apples … or store-bought…finely diced
  • (1) tablespoon of lemon zest
  • (1) tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • (1) teaspoon of ground allspice
  • (1/2) cup of brown sugar

7.  Get your “knife-skills-on” by finely dicing your fresh apples.  As you dice, drop the apples in a cold water bath (with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice… from your “zested” lemon) to quickly soak little by little.  Once done dicing, drain your apples.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Quartered apples

Peel your apples first, then quarter removing core, stem and seeds.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Finely diced and quickly soaked. The lemon juice keeps the apples from browning.

8.  In a medium bowl, combine your drained apples with your lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice and brown sugar.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Mixture Ingredients

Yes. It smells as good as it looks.

9.  Combine all the ingredients by hand in your bowl.  Then, add your “goodness” mixture to your dough mixture, placing your apple goodness around your cream-filled well. Confused? See picture.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Apple meet flour. Cinnamon meet heavy cream. Ready to mix together!

10. Next, put those hands to work again and start folding all of the ingredients together.  You want to create a good, pliable dough that’s somewhat tacky.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Apple Baking Mixture

Yep, we like using our hands. Best tool we have.

11.  Set your bowl o’ dough aside and next clear off a little counter space or pull out a large cutting board and coat freely with flour.

12.  Remove your yummy dough from the bowl and place it on your floured surface.

13.  Sprinkle the top of your dough with flour to create a good surface for your rolling-pin.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Dough

Adding a little flour helps to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling-pin.

14.  Begin rolling out your dough until you achieve a (1/2) inch thickness.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Rolling Pin

We finally got a rolling-pin! Thanks Pops!

15.  Now, cut your dough into your preferred size and shape.  We used the bottom of a small rocks glass to create biscuit-like rounds.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

After you cut out your scones and remove, mold your remaining dough sections together. Roll and repeat.

16.  Arrange your scones on an ungreased baking pan and cook on 350 degrees for 20 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees in the oven after the first 10 minutes to help them cook evenly.

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe - Baking

This recipe yields approx. 15 scones. This can vary based on size.

17.  Pull them out, savor a big whiff and enjoy! 

Apple Cinnamon Scone Recipe

Pair with cider and the crisp outdoors.

Until we bake again,

A + H

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Bananas Foster French Toast – Sunday Brunch

In honor of one of our favorite food cities, New Orleans, and because we’re feeling a little nostalgic today (it’s where we got engaged), we decided to whip up some divine Big Easy inspired comfort food on this sunny Sunday.

(A little late for brunch today, but hey, nevertheless… ) 

Let’s let loose on some Bananas Foster French Toast, shall we?

Bananas Foster French Toast - Mise En Place

Mise en place.

For your French Toast:

  • (1/2) loaf of Challah bread (hint: let your bread sit out overnight for french toast)
  • (4) large eggs
  • (1/4) cup of cream
  • (1) and (1/2)  teaspoons of cinnamon
  • (1) tablespoon of sugar (to help carmelize)
  • dash of nutmeg

1.  Mix eggs, cream, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Eggs, cream, butter, cinnamon

2.  Slice your bread loaf into one and 1/2  inch slices.

3.  Dip bread slices into egg mixture and coat thouroughly,

French Toast Ingredients All In Place

Bananas Foster French Toast in Batter

4.  Put (1) tablespoon of butter in a large saute pan and turn on medium-low heat (4 on your stove dial).

Melt Butter in a Saute Pan for French Toast

5.  Once pan heats (tempers) and butter is melted, add those scrumptious slices of of coated bread.

6.  Sear each piece for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned on each side.

Cooking Bananas Foster French Toast

For the goodness, a.k.a. your bananas foster topping:

  • (2) bananas, sliced into pieces
  • (2) ounces of butter – approx. 1/2 stick
  • (1/3) cup of brown sugar
  • (1) teaspoon of vanilla
  • hint of cinnamon
  • (note:  you can use 2 tablespoons of rum also… we’re just keeping it PG today)

1. On low heat, add your butter, vanilla and cinnamon to a medium sauce pot.

2. Let butter melt down then add brown sugar.  Stir frequently until sugar dissolves.

Brown Sugar Into Butter for Bananas Foster French Toast

Melt Sugar in Butter for French Toast

3.  Then, turn heat up slightly and add banannas. Stir frequently.

Bananas Into Brown Sugar Butter Mixture

4.  Mixture should take about 3 to 5 minutes to cook.

bananas foster mixture

5.  Once complete, plate your slices of french toast, add your topping and let loose…dig in!

Bananas Foster French Toast

Dig in! And don't forget your Vermont pure maple syrup...Divine.

Until we eat again,

A & H