Holidays, Easter Sundays and weekend mornings are when we like to enjoy brunch like these Vanilla Waffles and Asian Pears with Brandy. One of the best moments I relish are when my sons cook for us when they’re home to visit. This was another classic time. My son Tim chose to make these easy vanilla waffles and he took it a step further. He sliced up some Asian pears and cooked them in brandy and butter.
We all enjoyed how much more elegant the waffles looked like with the brandied pear slices. But even better, the juicy, yet firm half moon shaped slices were made even extra special when Tim poured some brandy in the skillet. The slices sizzled temptingly in the butter and when the brandy cascaded down, the aromas came alive.
We all poured the brandied fruit on the just cooked crisp vanilla waffles, then sloshed the heavy maple syrup and savored every bite of this breakfast decadence. What a nice way to spend a family weekend together!
Vanilla Waffles and Asian Pears with Brandy
- Waffle Maker
- Small skillet
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 whole egg yolks
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla sugar
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 2 whole egg whites
- 6 to 7 pieces bottled, optional, for garnish red whole cherries
- 1/4 cup whipped cream for garnish
- 1 whole Asian pear peeled, seeded, sliced (about 3/4 cup when sliced)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons brandy
- for spreading on waffles: butter
- for waffles or pancakes: maple syrup
- Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
- To make the waffles: In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (To sift you can use a sifter, or a wire mesh sieve and shake it by hand, or use wire whisk by blending the flour and ingredients around inside the bowl.)
- In another separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolk, vanilla extract, vanilla sugar and oil until smooth. Whisk in the club soda. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Blend well till the batter is smooth.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a separate clean bowl. Beat the whites till they form peaks. This should take about 5 to 8 minutes. Gently fold in the batter into the whites using a wide spatula.
- Pour about ¼ cup of the batter into the preheated waffle iron. Adjust settings to medium. Cover the waffle and cook each one for about 6 to 7 minutes or till waffle iron lights up to indicate it is “done”. Put the waffles on a platter and serve while still hot.
- To make the brandied pears : Using a small non-stick skillet, add the butter over medium heat on the stove top. When the butter has melted in 1 to 2 minutes, add the sliced pears. Let the butter sizzle and incorporate into the pear slices for a minute more. Pour the brandy all over the pears. Let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat and assemble the waffles and brandied pears. Garnish with a cherry and whipped cream if desired. Serve hot with butter and maple syrup for waffles.
- Cook’s comments: I used Asian pears because it’s what I had available from my grocery shopping at the markets. They are slightly rounder and almost looked like yellow apples in appearance. The flesh is less transparent than American pears. Feel free to use regular pears available.
- Recipe notes: If a waffle iron is not available, you can still use this batter to make round pancakes in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, stove top. Cook the pancakes for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or till all bubbles are gone. To make a
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