Spiced Pecan Waffles with Pear Compote and Vanilla Ice Cream

While this autumn’s pears are still readily available, try this mouthwatering dessert. The waffles have an unexpected hint of pepper, which complements pears surprisingly well. 

Pear Compote

3/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
Pinch each of salt, nutmeg and ground cloves
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
6 to 8 medium pears, peeled, cored and sliced

Combine all ingredients except the pears in a large skillet. Stir in the pears. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, or until hot and bubbly, stirring gently.

Spiced Pecan Waffles

1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 tsp. brown sugar
Pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper and ground cloves
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups water
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter

Maple syrup
French vanilla ice cream

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 Tbsp. butter. Add pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cloves. Cook and stir 5 to 7 minutes, or until nuts turn golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat your waffle maker. Meanwhile, combine flour, eggs, melted butter and pecan mixture in a large bowl. Mix only until moistened; some lumps may remain. Cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions.

Serve waffles immediately with maple syrup, ice cream, and warm pear compote. This recipe makes enough for 8 to 12 people.

Image(s): James Pattyn

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