This week we welcomed Fall, and tomorrow is October. Praise the Lord. Summer sucks, and hot weather is the worst. I know these might be fighting words, but remember this is the season that gives us flavors like cinnamon, brown sugar, apple, caramel, and pumpkin. So welcome, best season of the year, and I’m celebrating with these caramel-apple waffles!
A quick notes about these: I went full-on homemade with every part of these waffles, but know that you can sub in the from-scratch applesauce, cooked caramel, and homemade batter with store-bought, and they will still be delicious! I wanted the batter to be a little sweeter than the usual waffle batter I use, and I also wanted the chunky apple texture. And have you ever had caramel made from sweetened condensed milk? You’ll never want store-bought again!
Caramel Apple Waffles
1/2 cup softened butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup applesauce
Course sea salt (optional)
water or apple juice
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
To make caramel:
-Remove label from sweetened condensed milk and place the can sideways in a sauce pan. Fill the pot with water, making sure the can is fully immersed and that there’s an extra two inches of water covering the can. Simmer over medium heat for two and half hours, checking on it every 20 minutes or so to make sure the water is still covering the can.
To make applesauce:
-Peel, core, and slice apples into large pieces and add them to sauce pan. Fill the pan with enough water to just cover the apples, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Drain any excess water and use an immersion hand blender or food processor to puree to an applesauce consistency, BUT, don’t puree it all the way, leave a few chunks of apple to later be incorporated into the batter.
To make waffle batter:
-Prepare the batter by first creaming together the butter and sugar in mixer.
-Add in eggs one at a time until incorporated
-In a separate bowl, sift or whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
-Combine the dry ingredients with the sugar/butter mixture.
-Fold in applesauce, about one cup (more or less depending on consistency)
-Press till golden brown; serve warm with caramel drizzled over the top.
-Finish with a sprinkle of course sea salt, if desired.