3 Tips for Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

It’s that time of year again – Fall – when our thoughts and tastes turn to all things pumpkin! In today’s post it’s my pleasure to share a wonderful pumpkin recipe with you – Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles!

Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles are fluffy, golden-brown waffles made with a batter containing yeast, which gives them a great texture, and flavored with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and chopped pecans. The batter is mixed the night before you plan to cook the waffles then  covered and allowed to stand overnight at room temperature to allow the batter to rise. In addition, eggs and pecans are not added to the batter until the morning you plan to make the waffles.

The Recipe

Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
Yields 5
Fluffy, golden-brown waffles made with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chopped pecans and raised with yeast. The batter is mixed the night before the waffles are to be served.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F.)
  2. 1 packet of active dry yeast (2-3 teaspoons)
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1/2 stick unsalted butter (1/4 cup)
  5. 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  9. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  10. 2 large eggs
  11. 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  12. Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water and yeast and let stand until slightly foamy, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat butter and milk over medium heat until butter melts. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pumpkin puree.
  3. Add yeast to pumpkin mixture, then whisk in the flour until combined.
  4. Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature. (Batter may be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.)
  5. Preheat waffle iron. Whisk eggs into batter, then fold in the pecans. Make waffles according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve with maple syrup.
Notes
  1. Note: Batter may be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. What a nice holiday breakfast this would make to serve family and/or guests!
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 3 Tips for Successful Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

First, make sure the water is the correct temperature in which to dissolve the yeast. Use a food thermometer and make sure the water temperature is not too hot or the yeast may be inactivated instead of activated! For this recipe, the temperature should be around 105-110° F. Allow the yeast 10-15 minutes to become foamy. If it doesn’t foam up at all, then the yeast is probably no longer good.

Check water temperature with a food thermometer.

Secondly, when heating the butter and milk together, be sure to use medium heat. Remove the milk mixture from the heat source as soon as the butter is melted and let it sit for a few minutes before adding in the yeast. Again, if the milk mixture is too hot, the yeast may be destroyed by the excess heat. The food thermometer may be used to check the temperature of the milk mixture as well.

Thirdly, be sure to cover the batter and let it stand overnight at room temperature, probably on the counter in your kitchen. Do not add the eggs until the next morning! The batter may be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. When ready to cook the Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, whisk in the eggs and then fold in the chopped pecans.

Did You Know?

Pumpkins belong to the same family as winter squash. Now grown all around the world, pumpkins originated in North America. One of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced here annually. Pumpkins are associated with harvest time and pumpkin pie is the traditional dessert served at Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada.

Providing 26 calories per 3.5 ounces as well as fiber, pumpkins are a healthy food and versatile in their uses for cooking. Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamin A related to their beta carotene content. In 2003 Starbucks introduced Pumpkin Spice Latte which started a real trend in pumpkin-flavored food products.


If you’d like to see more Silver Foodie recipes using pumpkin, click on one of the below links.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Flan

My Grandmother’s Praline Pumpkin Pie

I hope you’re enjoying some great Fall weather wherever you live! Make some Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles soon! By the way, if you like bacon, have some with the Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Waffles! Delicious!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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