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Cherry Chip Waffles with Cherry Syrup

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min./batch

Makes

6 servings

While on a recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin, for a family reunion, I created this yummy recipe using some freshly picked cherries. It was a hit with all ages and everyone was asking for more. —Heather Karow, Burnett, Wisconsin
Cherry Chip Waffles with Cherry Syrup Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • WAFFLES:
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Additional miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat waffle maker. In a small saucepan, cook and stir sugar and 1/2 cup water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cherries; cook and stir until cherries are tender, 3-5 minutes. Mix cornstarch and remaining 2 tablespoons water until smooth; stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs, oil and extract until blended. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips. Bake waffles according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with syrup and, if desired, additional chocolate chips.
  3. Freeze option: Cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. Freeze cherry syrup in a freezer container. To use, partially thaw cherry syrup in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reheat waffles in a toaster on medium setting. Or, microwave each waffle on high until heated through, 30-60 seconds.

Nutrition Facts

2 waffles with 2 tablespoons cherry syrup: 428 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 432mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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