If you were to buy waffles prepared in this way in San Francisco you’d think that traditional waffles with cinnamon caramel sauce were really hard to make, but they’re only expensive in Silicon Valley because of the huge demand for them, well and because things are generally expensive over there. Otherwise you can very well make them yourself, quite easily...

Preparing the waffles

  • All purpose flour (2 cups)
  • White sugar (2 tablespoons)
  • Baking powder (4 tablespoons)
  • Salt (1 teaspoon)
  • Eggs (x2)
  • Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
  • Melted butter (1/3 cup)
  • Warm milk (1 1/2 cup)
Cooking instructions
  1. Using a large bowl, mix your salt, flour, sugar and baking powder. If you have one of the latest waffle makers from https://www.expondo.co.uk/catering-equipment/, then there’s perhaps no need for preheating at this stage, otherwise preheat your waffle maker.
  2. Using a separate bowl; beat the eggs and then stir in the butter, milk and vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and give it a good beating until smoothly blended.
  4. Cook the batter in your waffle maker until they’re crispy-golden.
Ideally you’d want to serve these immediately, but I prefer to prepare the waffles before the sauce because for some reason I sometimes mess up the sauce, but never mess up the waffles. Keep them warm in the oven while you prepare the cinnamon caramel sauce.  

Preparing the sauce

  • Granny Smith apples (3x cored and sliced)
  • Butter (1/4 cup)
  • Water (1/4 cup)
  • Brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Cinnamon (1/8 teaspoon)
  • Salt (1/8 teaspoon)
  • Corn starch (1 teaspoon)
  Cooking instructions
  1. 1. Using a skillet, melt half of the butter over low-to-medium heat, then add the apples, sautéing until they have a golden brown appearance and are tender. Then add in the remaining butter so that it melts.
  2. 2. Add in the salt, cinnamon, water and brown sugar and then whisk gently over medium heat until the ingredients are combined.
  3. 3. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and add the corn starch.
  4. 4. Two minutes should do, after which cooking time the sauce is ready to be enjoyed with your waffles, otherwise you can switch off the heat source and let it simmer to keep warm while you turn your attention to cooking your waffles (if you’re cooking the waffles second).
So the overall cooking time for the whole recipe comes up to 40 minutes once you’ve mastered each of these recipes. In this case you can prepare both the waffles as well as the sauce side-by-side, further cutting the overall prep time. Otherwise in the beginning it could take you up to 50 minutes to an hour to get everything prepared. Note: By no means is this championed as a healthy waffle recipe due to the rather high sugar content in both the waffles and the sauce, but that’s precisely what makes this a Silicon Valley favourite. It gives one a nice, big boost in the morning and loads you up with all the energy you’ll need to get a whole lot of hard work done.

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