We had Caroline and Eddie over yesterday to break in our new waffle maker, the Villa Ware 2010 Uno Pro Belgian Gravity Waffler. It heats up quickly and makes good waffles even if you don’t follow instructions, Lon! It’s also easy to clean, mostly because not much sticks too it. I did spray it with PAM before heating it.

We made a standard flavored waffle so that we could go all out on the toppings. We had pure maple syrup, caramel sauce, a powdered sugar shaker, and sweet cream butter on hand. I made a raspberry sauce out of frozen raspberries that I thawed, sweetened, pureed, and strained. Next a Apricot Apple Compote:

10 dried tart apricots
4 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Soak the apricots in 1/2 cup of water for 30 minutes.
2. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the soaking water and chop the apricots.
3. Put apricots, apples, brown sugar, and reserved water in a 3 1/2 Quart pot and heat on medium heat. Stir thoroughly until bubbling lightly.
4. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes or until apples are soft.
5. You can serve it warm or room temperature.

Of course we also made freshly whipped cream and Caroline and Eddie brought some awesome strawberries. For a savory note, Lon made incredible maple bacon. He baked the bacon in our convection oven on a rack with a jelly roll pan underneath, turning and basting it with pure maple syrup every 5 minutes for 3 cycles at 350 degrees and 2 cycles at 400 degrees. Wow, what you can do with two ingredients!

Here’s some samples of how we ate the waffles…

Some just like syrup lakes.
I like lots of fruit and whipped cream.

Sweet and Savory….
I had compote and raspberry sauce left over so I decided to use it for cupcakes too. I was going to a fondue party (which was awesome) so I made simple vanilla cupcakes and topped them with the apricot apple compote and a spoonful of raspberry sauce. It was right up my alley, dessert that’s a little tart and not so sweet.

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