You can use a wide range of whole-wheat flours for these tender waffles, from milder and softer to heartier. We adapted a recipe created for Community Grains, in Oakland, and added a topping that's fruit and syrup all in one.

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Credit: Alex Farnum; Styling: Kevin Crafts

Recipe Summary

1 hr
Makes 4 1/2 (8-in. square) waffles


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Instructions Checklist
  • Make compote: Heat butter, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a 12-in. frying pan over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until melted. Add pears and cook, stirring gently a few times, until slightly soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pomegranate seeds.

  • Meanwhile, make waffles: Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk eggs to blend, then whisk in 2 cups buttermilk, the applesauce, and 2 tbsp. oil. Whisk in flour mixture until smooth.

  • Cook a small test waffle, coating grids with cooking oil spray if suggested by manufacturer. If it's drier than you like, whisk another 1 tbsp. oil and 1/4 cup buttermilk into batter. Cook remaining waffles.

  • Reheat compote over medium-high heat and serve with waffles.

  • *Choose milder and softer whole-wheat flour (such as pastry or Sonora) to heartier (such as hard white or hard red).

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per waffle.

Nutrition Facts

574 calories; calories from fat 29%; protein 16g; fat 19g; saturated fat 7g; carbohydrates 93g; fiber 11g; sodium 844mg; cholesterol 117mg.