Waffles with Southern Comfort Praline Sauce

by Shawnda on January 19, 2012

in Breakfast,Mother's Day

Waffles with Southern Comfort Praline Sauce

I’m sorry.

And you’re welcome.

You know how sometimes you run across a picture of a beautifully plated dish and think, “Man! I just have to make that!” And then other times, you run across a picture of a beautifully plated dish and think, “Man! I just have to make that RIGHT NOW!”

And then you have Praline Waffles for lunch? Yeah, I know you can relate :)

The Foodie Groom got a waffle maker for Christmas so we’ve been making a lightened version of Mark Bittman’s Overnight Yeasted Waffles for breakfast quite a bit over the last few weeks. You know, half the butter, half whole wheat flour, fat-free milk… it’s a delicious but responsible way to start the day. And then I saw this incredibly indulgent stack of waffles, with a sweet, sticky praline sauce running down the sides in the latest Williams-Sonoma mailer. Responsible choices could wait a couple of days because I’d just found a new delicious way to start they day.

The batter produces a waffle that is crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Translation: perfect. I did cut the butter down by 25% and reduced the sugar by 66% in the waffle batter. Because I fully intended to go all-out on the praline sauce. We made the full, sinful batch of the sweet and sticky sauce and then threw in some Southern Comfort for a little punch – if you’ve ever had a bite of this pie, you know that SoCo and praline were meant to be together.

Kinda like us and these waffles.

Oh, and to “healthify” the waffles, try topping with sliced bananas before drizzling on the praline sauce. It’s makes a magical praline-bananas foster-ish breakfast-dessert hybrid.

I’m going to go run and have a bowl of plain lettuce now.

Waffles with Southern Comfort Praline Sauce

Light and fluffy Belgian waffles topped with an indulgent Southern Comfort Praline sauce.

Ingredients

  • For the waffles:
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • For the Praline sauce:
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp Southern Comfort (optional)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your waffle maker according to its directions.
  2. Whisk the egg whites with a mixer to stiff peaks.
  3. Whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar together.
  5. Add to the wet ingredients, stirring until smooth.
  6. Add the egg whites to the batter and gently fold in until well distributed.
  7. Pour waffle batter into the waffle maker and spread toward the edges and cook until done (My 4-square waffle maker takes 2-2.5 cups of batter at a time.)
  8. Make the sauce while the waffles are cooking: heat brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, Southern Comfort, and salt over medium heat.
  9. Stir until the butter is melted, the sugar is dissolved, and the sauce is smooth.
  10. Stir in the pecans and remove from heat. Serve immediately.
  11. Store leftover waffles in a gallon zipper bag and the sauce in a small bowl. To reheat the leftover sauce, scrape it out into a small sauce pan and heat on medium until smooth and pourable again.

Notes

Yields: 8 servings

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maureen January 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

OMG waffles AND praline? Add ice cream and I’ll swim right over for some!

This looks fantastic.

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2 Sarah January 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

I’m reading this at 11pm and I’m half-tempted to get up and make waffles….sigh. They look so delicious!

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3 Kathryn January 19, 2012 at 3:26 am

A perfect waffle indeed and that praline sauce just sounds heavenly!

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4 Katrina January 19, 2012 at 4:41 am

Mmm that sauce? Heaven!

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5 Jessica January 19, 2012 at 5:16 am

And there goes my damned diet. These waffles look AHMAZING!

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6 Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} January 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

Umm, not only do I feel like I need to make this right now, you may have just sold a waffle iron – because I don’t have one, and now I must. have. one….. These look freakin’ amazing!! (f’amazing?) And southern comfort praline sauce?? STOP. . . . ;)

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7 Blog is the New Black January 19, 2012 at 6:57 am

OMG! NEED this!

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8 Aimee January 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

Your description made me laugh because before I started reading it, I looked at the picture and the title of the post and thought “Oh, I HAVE to make these Saturday.” Beautiful photo and I can’t wait to try out the recipe.

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9 Ryan January 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

Oh. My. Gosh. These look incredible.

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10 Erin January 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

Praline topping? Oh yes! I need to buy a waffle iron, I lost ownership of the George Foreman that had interchangeable plates (including waffle ones).

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11 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker January 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

HA! I just read my Williams Sonoma catalog yesterday and totally doggie-eared the praline waffles page. I wanted to make them immediately! Yours look awesome, love that you added some Southern Comfort :)

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12 J January 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

You’re right: I *do* want to make these right now. You’re so cruel!

I love the shot of SoCo in the sauce, too, a little alcohol gives sweets an awesome punch.

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13 Joanne January 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

The first double digit run I do this season…this is what I’m having for lunch.

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14 Kelsey January 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Hahaha…we are definitely channeling each other this week. I’ve got pecan waffles with bananas coming up tomorrow. They aren’t nearly as indulgent as these, though. I’m thinking I may take these one step further and serve as dessert with banana ice cream instead of sliced bananas. YUM!

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15 Dana January 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Waffles are so great. These look super tasty!

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16 Ann P. January 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Oooo i have to stop reading your blog at lunchtime! I think I’m definitely going to end up eating waffles very soon!

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17 Life of a Modern Housewife January 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Oh my Goodness!!! These look devine! I’m a Southern gal, and love that you added a bit of Southern to this dish…yumm!!

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18 Laurel January 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Southern Comfort for breakfast. I like your style :)

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19 Heather @ Kids in the Sink January 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Wow! So Co? Yes please!

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20 Living The Sweet Life January 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

YESSS PLEASE. Breakfast – lunch and dinner!! Sounds delicious :)

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21 CulinarilyCourtney January 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Now, if I only had a waffle iron. :)

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