Maple-Glazed Apple Fritter Waffle

Nothing says breakfast more than pancakes or waffles to a lot of people. The allure of  hot, chewy morsels off the grill slathered with syrup or a glaze is hard to beat. Fritters also fall into that category.

Here’s a fritters recipe that take advantages of a fall favorite, apples. This recipe for Apple Fritter Waffles with Maple Glaze recipe is adapted from cookbook author Jess Thomson, who co-wrote “Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker.”

Maple-Glazed Apple Fritter Waffles
FOR THE WAFFLES:
2 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 cup very warm water
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
FOR THE APPLES:
4 medium tart apples, chopped
½ cup sugar
Juice of 1 large lemon
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
FOR THE GLAZE:
3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1½ teaspoons corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon maple extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup hot water, plus more if needed
The night before you plan to serve the waffles, make the batter: Whisk the yeast, water, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar together in the work bowl of a stand mixer and set aside for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ¾  cup sugar, baking powder, mace, cinnamon salt and flour. Set aside. Add the butter, eggs and vanilla to the foaming yeast mixture. Mix with the paddle attachment on low speed for about 1 minute, breaking up and melting the butter. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients about a third at a time, mixing until blended and scraping the sides down as necessary.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (You also can make the batter an hour or two before serving and let it sit at room temperature, covered, for about 1 hour before making the waffles.)
Make the apples: Combine the apples, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a frying pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar melts, the liquid evaporates, and the apples are soft and beginning to disintegrate, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the apples to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate them, and reheat before serving the waffles. (You also can make the apple compote in the morning.) In the morning, make the glaze: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a large bowl with a whisk), blend the confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, salt, vanilla and maple extracts, maple syrup and hot water until all of the sugar has been incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary. (If the glaze seems to thick, add a little hot water, a teaspoon at a time.) Make the waffles: Preheat a Belgian-style waffle iron to the “crisp exterior” setting (or follow manufacturer’s directions). Add a heaping cup of batter and cook for 2 minutes, until golden brown. Break the waffle into 4 pieces and dip one side of each waffle into the glaze. Place 2 waffle squares glazed side-up on each of two plates and top with some of the apple compote. Serve immediately then repeat with the remaining batter, glaze and compote.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6.

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