Fall to Me
There is truly nothing I love more than the coziness of the holidays. Whether we’re in the warm weather of South Carolina, or the cool crisp air of Ohio… flavor and decoration, to me, do the most for setting the aesthetic of the holidays.
If you don’t know already, I grew up in Ohio… I lived there for 21 years and decided to move to South Carolina upon graduating college to pursue my (5-year) career in teaching. One thing from Ohio I thought I would miss the most is the changing of the seasons, but I quickly adjusted. In Ohio, you seemingly get about 7 months of winter and South Carolina is about 7 months of summer- if you’re correlating seasons to the temperature, like I do.
Many people leave their small town homes for new adventures and use terms such as “I’ll never go back!” “I can’t stand the town I grew up in.” or “I h*te ‘said state’!”. But for me, It wasn’t the state- I love Ohio! It was the fact that I wanted to live in a warmer climate, with more sunshine- goodbye seasonal depression- and to be closer to the ocean. Standing in the sand, gazing into the distant horizon where the water stretches for miles and miles makes me feel so connected to God and His beautiful creation.
The one thing I could not wrap my head around was the fact that the leaves do not change here in South Carolina until around December. Are you kidding me? To me, leaves changing is part of the decoration and aesthetic of fall. Red, yellow, orange, even brown leaves in the fall are close to being, if not JUST, as important to me as pumpkins! This was one thing in particular that truly put a damper in my heart during the fall. But hey, I’ll take the warmer weather and sunshine over the leaves changing colors, any day! Or, at least for now.
Let’s Set the (Fall) Scene
You just woke up from a restful nights sleep. You smell the fresh fall air and then recognize the lingering scent of something delicious stemming from the kitchen. You mosey your way down stairs to the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee (or tea if that’s your jam). But wait, there’s something else- the warm, cozy scent of pumpkin Belgian waffles baking in the waffle iron sets your taste buds spiraling into a want, a need for this delicate taste of fall. You sit down at your dining room table that is beaming with the morning sunlight. The opened window sends a gust of fresh fall air your way- you take a deep breath, sip your freshly brewed cup of Joe, and patiently wait to be served the delicious, delicate breakfast your taste buds have been longing for since that first aroma came creeping into your bedroom.
Now, let’s bring you back to reality. If you’re reading this, you’re probably the one that creates the beautiful, cozy, warm aesthetic of fall in your home- am I right? That means you’re probably the one making breakfast, and allowing others to be in the scene above- either way- you can enjoy this pumpkin Belgian waffle recipe just as much as those you’re making them for!
Pro Tip: to make your morning more enjoyable- bake these ahead of time, freeze them, and then pop them in the toaster oven for a quick addition to your breakfast!
Let’s Get to the Waffles, Shall We?
I won’t hold you up any longer and make you read through an entire recipe step by step like most recipe blogs do. So without further ado… enjoy this recipe and PLEASE let me know if you make them! I love seeing others use the recipes I share that make my heart and stomach happy, cozy, and full!
Pumpkin Belgian Waffle Recipe
2c all- purpose flour
2 Tbsp pumpkin spice blend
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2c pumpkin puree
2 egg yolks
1c milk (+ 2 Tbs if needed)
3 egg whites
- Heat waffle griddle.
- In a large mixing bowl, bring together all the ingredients of Group 1. Mix together until combined.
- In a separate bowl. gently combine and mix ingredients from Group 2. Make sure to leave the egg whites separate.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add egg whites. Use a hand mixer to beat egg whites until you get stiff peaks (egg whites can stand up firm when you draw out the hand mixer).
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, slowly combine wet ingredients of Group 2 into the large mixing bowl with Group 1 dry ingredients.
- Once mixed, fold egg whites into the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Do not over-mix.
- Pour waffle mix in center of griddle. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or however your waffle maker suggests.
- Serve with desired toppings and sides.