Ever find yourself making pancakes or waffles only to discover you are completely out of syrup? Don’t sweat it! Making your own homemade syrup is simple, economical, and a lot tastier than the store-bought variety! I’ve been in a Christmas-ey sort of mood and this cinnamon and almond syrup makes me want to pull out my old fuzzy sweaters and curl up in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and a good book. It’s a really simple recipe that I whip up while I’m making pancakes or waffles and any leftovers store really well. Helpful Tip: Whenever I make homemade pancakes or waffles, I double or triple the recipe so I can freeze leftovers to pop in the toaster for quick breakfasts. Drizzled with this amazing syrup, you’ll be in the best holiday mood for months to come!
Cinnamon & Almond Syrup Makes 1 cup
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the almonds, in a medium sauce pan.
Bring to a rolling boil, stirring continuously.
Continue stirring for a few minutes until mixture thickens to a syrup consistency.
Remove from heat and add almonds.
Cool 5-10 minutes before serving over your favorite pancakes or waffles.
I love waffles, whether for Saturday breakfast or even dinner during the week. I was sort of at a loss as to what I was craving for dinner so asked Tom to pick. He voted on my waffles, which instantly sounded great. Instead of my plain waffles (which are pretty awesome I have to admit) I decided to add a little pizazz and see what happened. I had some dried cherries and white chocolate chips on hand so decided to throw them in the batter. They turned out great! The cherries add a tartness that contrasts really well with the sweetness of the chocolate chips and syrup. So good and so going at the top of the list for future waffle nights.
Cherry White Chocolate Chip Waffles
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, butter, sugar, and vanilla extract. Sift in the flour, salt, and baking powder, and whisk until smooth. Add white chocolate chips and dried cherries.
Pre-heat your waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray. Ladle batter onto the waffle iron.
Note: Cherries and chocolate chips will tend to sink to the bottom so be sure to give the batter a good stir and scoop up from the bottom each time you load the waffle maker.
Cook waffles until golden brown and crispy. Serve plain or with butter and maple syrup.
Helpful Tip: Set your oven to the warm setting and place a cookie sheet in the oven while you’re making waffles. Just pile up the waffles on the cookie sheet and then the whole stack will be nice and warm when it’s time to serve.
This recipe is super easy and I often double it so I can freeze extra waffles. Just pop a frozen waffle in the toaster and you’ve got a quick and tasty breakfast.