Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles light up any morning!
Since I showed off my vintage Griswold waffle iron in the last post, I felt it only appropriate to share the recipe that makes this little cast iron batter baker sing: apple sesame whole wheat waffles or sesame crunch waffles as they are also known. As with all things Tom, there’s a story, though a short one at that. When I lived in Seattle, the Sunlit Cafe was a regular breakfast stop where I enjoyed (in my humble opinion) the world’s best waffle. Crispy, flavorful, grainy, and delicious, the Sunlit Cafe’s waffle had bulk, density, heft, and chew-worthiness. For me, a light airy waffle is best served to an appreciative dieter.
I’m not a vegetarian, but the Sunlit Cafe, Seattle’s longest-running vegetarian eating establishment, showed me vegetarian food could knock my socks off, if given the chance. Cafe Flora is another shining example of what vegetarian food aspires to be. Here on the island, we have wonderful Snapdragon Bakery and Cafe, which simply serves delicious, creative food, that just happens to be vegetarian.
Over the years, I’ve tried to find a decent recipe similar to the Sunlit Cafe’s waffle wonder, but to no avail. Every recipe I tried, disappointed me—light, airy, as disheartening as my first popover. And then, just last year, I tried again, searching online for a recipe worthy of my newly acquired Griswold waffle iron. The clouds parted, the sun shone through, and a choir of angels sang softly, and then, the blog Davebakes.com appeared as numero uno in my search results.
I pored over one of Dave’s blog posts, mumbling, yes, yes, this is the recipe. Give me an Amen, Dave! And while we were on the same quest for the best whole-wheat waffle around, Dave got there first, and I say amen to that too, especially since he’s a generous soul who shares his recipes. Thank you Dave, from the top of my syrup pitcher to the bottom of my waffle iron.
So here’s Dave’s sesame crunch waffle recipe, with just a minor modification: I substitute honey and sugar for agave nectar.
Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey (may substitute, sugar or agave nectar)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
|Mix wet ingredients.|
|In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.|
|Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, one-half cup at a time, and incorporate until lumps are gone and batter is thick. It may take a little more buttermilk, at times.|
|Heat waffle iron, coat grates with oil (high temps butter burns). Pour or spoon enough batter to cover two-thirds of the waffle iron's surface as the batter will spread when the iron is closed.|
|Since all waffle irons are different, let your nose help you. Steam will rise and a good baking aroma, will alert you as when to remove or at least take a peak.|
Oh, and do yourself a favor, these waffles (and you) deserve real maple syrup. It does cost more, but there’s nothing better atop chunks of bready goodness than runny pools of melted butter and maple syrup.