Before the end of the year, I wanted to treat my family to a special brunch. I really appreciate all that they do and what I can offer is my sweet treats so I went ahead and made this delicious recipe! I will say that if you are in a rush, do not make these. There are so many components to the recipe that it does take some time but if you do have time, they are definitely worth the wait! My sister got a bit fed up with the brown butter piece that I asked her instead to set the table and boy did she take that literally! She set up a beautiful spread and was able to capture some pretty awesome pictures at the same time. I’ve included some of my pictures and some of hers (hers are the nicer looking ones up top!). Follow her on Instagram @lauraquinterophotography Overall, it was a great end to another year filled with blessings! For 2015, I am amping up my social media presence so check me out on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas

Directions

Preheat a waffle iron. Into a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, brown butter, honey, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients; stir until just combined.

In a separate small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork; stir into batter. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.

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Gently fold into the batter.

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Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the hot waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Close lid; cook waffle is golden brown on both sides, about 5-6 minutes. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

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Note-these waffles freeze well. To freeze, place completely cooled waffles in a freezer bag and freeze. To reheat, pop the waffles in the toaster.

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