Makes 16 waffles

Time: 1 1/2 hours. Come fall, nothing beats the sweet and spicy waffles at Garland's Oak Creek Lodge in Sedona, AZ. To keep them warm and crisp, put directly on a rack in a 200° oven for up to 40 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare apples and syrup: Melt 6 tbsp. butter in a 12-in. nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add honey, 2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and apples. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are lightly glazed and have softened slightly, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, whisk together 3/4 tsp. cinnamon, the sugar, and cornstarch. Add apple cider and 5 tsp. lemon juice and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in 3 tbsp. butter.

Step 3

Make waffles: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. In another medium bowl, whisk egg yolks until pale yellow; whisk in oil, buttermilk, and pumpkin.

Step 4

In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the balloon whisk, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture, stirring to combine. Gently fold in egg whites just until blended.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 200°. Preheat a waffle iron and coat it with cooking-oil spray. Ladle 1 cup batter (or amount directed by waffle-iron maker) onto hot iron, spreading with a spatula, and cook until nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer waffle directly to oven rack. Repeat with remaining batter. Meanwhile, reheat apples and syrup.

Step 6

Break waffles into sections, divide among 8 plates, and top with apples and syrup. Serve remaining syrup on the side.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2 waffles with 1/4 cup syrup.

Garland's Oak Creek Lodge, Sedona, AZ

Ratings & Reviews

brighteyes8's Review

October 26, 2013
Syrup is amazing. Worth making all on its own.

Chicagokiter76's Review

August 09, 2012
This recipe looked so delicious and was rated so well, I tried twice...and failed twice, to get it to work out well. The Apples and Syrup turned out wonderfully. The Waffles, however, were always a soggy mushy disaster. I actually made this a 3rd time, since I was so determined to make it work, and used the America's Test Kitchen recipe for the waffles, and kept the myrecipes.com part for the syrup and apples and when put together, the recipe finally worked.

xswl12's Review

August 04, 2012
This recipe is great. It does take a long time but it is really awesome for a special occasion. On everyday mornings or nights I just make the waffles and the apple cidar syrup since the cooked apples are what take the longest. I definitely recommend trying the entire recipe at least once, though

saracat's Review

November 19, 2011
I didn't make the syrup, but the waffles were great. I halved the recipe, and it only made four Belgian waffles so next time I will make the whole recipe. Definitely worth the effort!

aahartman01's Review

October 19, 2011
Fabulous. Completely worth the time involved. Switched out the oil with applesauce and used less sugar in the batter. Would use less in the sauce next time also to let the sweetness of the apples shine through.

koliveiro's Review

October 12, 2011
Time consuming but certainly worth it. It was ALL delish!

ladinka's Review

October 03, 2011
Made this for dinner one day. It's a great recipe, although a bit time consuming. I did everything according to recipe and it was delicious. Will certainly make it again.

kmeddington's Review

August 21, 2011
I haven't tried the syrup, but these waffles are fantastic. I added some chocolate chips to part of the batch for my kids. Yum!

weluvtocook's Review

February 07, 2011
We are Vermonters, And we are supposed to be loyal to maple syrup, right? Well, The Cider Syrup is just as good (Or maybe just a little better!) than Maple Syrup. The Cider Syrup packs a big flavor and the consistency is perfect. I did reduce the sugar by two Tablespoons. Haven't got around to trying the waffle recipe yet. We had the syrup with our whole wheat pancakes and it was fabulous.

aubiechic's Review

October 14, 2009
so good! I replaced the butter/oil with applesauce (to make it healthier) and reduced the sugar by about one-third. They were delish!