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A Harvest Breakfast: Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup

The quintessential fall flavors of pumpkin and apple come together in this recipe for pumpkin waffles with apple cider syrup that’s perfect for an autumn brunch—or anytime you have the urge to start your day with a sweet breakfast.

Pumpkin waffle ingredients:

  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat a waffle iron, and grease it with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, egg, buttermilk, brown sugar, and pumpkin puree.
  3. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, cornmeal, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined, taking care to not overmix.
  4. Using ½ cup of the batter at a time, pour the batter onto the center of the hot waffle iron, and press the lid down.
  5. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the waffle is golden brown. Carefully remove waffle, and repeat the process with the remaining batter.

Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter


  1. Use a whisk to mix the brown and white sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch in a saucepan.
  2. Slowly add the apple cider and lemon juice to the mixture.
  3. Whisk over medium heat until the syrup thickens to your desired consistency.
  4. Remove the syrup from the heat, and stir in the vanilla and butter.
  5. Serve warm over pumpkin waffles.

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