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Gingerbread Waffles with a Pear-Walnut Compote


What's for breakfast? Try this these scrumptious Gingerbread Waffles with a Pear-Walnut Compote. They're delish! Don't let the word 'compote' intimidate you.

You've probably seen that word on menus at five-star restaurants and gourmet bakeries, but it's not a challenging task. Compote literally means "fruit cooked in syrup," and as the directions in this recipe indicate, you're just cooking the pears until they're soft. You can make fruit compote from any fresh, dried, or frozen fruit…raspberries, figs, you name it. Don't be afraid to experiment with seasonings and even a flavored liqueur. And, don't forget that a compote is not just for waffles or pound cake. It can complement a pork tenderloin, lamb shanks, and other roasts beautifully.

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pears peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted


Servings 2
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins


Step 1

Preheat a waffle iron.

To prepare the waffles, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground spices in a large bowl. Lightly whisk the ingredients until well-combined. Set aside.

Whisk together the brown sugar, egg, egg white, yogurt, molasses, oil, and milk in a medium bowl until completely combined. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and whisk until mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.

Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and make the waffles. (Refer to your waffle iron instruction manual for help.)

To prepare the compote, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the maple syrup, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the pears and walnuts, toss, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm over the waffles.

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