Valentine Caramel Nut Waffles

Valentine Caramel Nut Waffles

Heart-shaped waffles served with a warm caramel sauce make a sweet, loving start to Valentine's Day.

YIELDS

6 waffles and 2 cups sauce

INGREDIENTS

Waffles

  • 3 tablespoons Domino® Light Brown or Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup (2/3 stick) butter or margarine, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • strawberries or other red berry for garnish

Hot Caramel Sauce

  • 1 1/4 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup whipping cream, heated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

Waffles

Preheat waffle iron (heart-shaped waffle irons can be found in gourmet food and kitchen appliance stores).

In large bowl, combine sugar, flour and baking powder; set aside.

In medium bowl, combine egg yolks, milk and butter; stir into sugar mixture. Add pecans and blend well.

In medium bowl, beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form; fold into flour mixture. Bake in waffle iron following manufacturer’'s directions. Garnish with strawberry or other red berry. Serve warm with Hot Caramel sauce.

Hot Caramel Sauce

In heavy skillet, combine sugar and water. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts. Increase heat and cook until sugar caramelizes and turns a deep brown. Carefully (in case mixture splatters), and slowly, pour in cream. Stir over low heat until smooth. Add vanilla. Keep warm in double boiler.