These waffles are what I imagine Christmas morning tastes like. Usually our family Christmas brunches are more of the dim sum variety, but if I ever were to branch out and have a cozy Christmas morning, just Mike and I, I’d love to spend a lazy time eating gingerbread cardamom waffles with vanilla buttermilk syrup and plenty of crispy bacon.
It would be fitting too, because one year, for Christmas, Mike gifted me the waffle stick maker I used in this post. I have a thing for waffle makers – I own five of them, eep! I don’t know what it is, but I totally feel like a waffle’s shape affects a waffle’s taste. Sometimes I’m in the mood for thin and crispy, sometimes fat and fluffy and, in this, case, I felt like fun little waffle sticks.
They’re soft, yet crisp and full of gingerbread flavour due to the molasses, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. I added a touch of cardamom for a bit more holiday flair. All those classic spices always make me thing of Christmas. I’m a huge gingerbread fan and if you whip up these waffles your house will be smelling all cozy in no time, no chilling, rolling or baking needed!
Happy Sunday – hope it’s gingerbread-filled!
Gingerbread Cardamom Waffles Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- softly whipped cream, to taste
- cinnamon, to dust
- syrup, to taste
In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and a pinch of salt. In liquid measuring cup, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined. Let sit while you heat up your waffle iron.
Grease your waffle iron if needed and cook waffles according to waffle iron instructions or until the waffles are golden brown and crispy. Top with whipped cream, a dusting of cinnamon and syrup. Enjoy hot!
Cinnamon Vanilla Buttermilk Syrup
makes about 3/4 cup
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- pinch salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In a deep-sided pot, bring the first 5 ingredients to a gentle boil. Stir in baking soda – be careful, it will foam up. Boil for a minute, stirring occasionally and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and spice and enjoy warm.