Sweet Dreams Gingerbread Waffles

This can also be made into pancakes. My waffle iron makes a round waffle approximately 6 1/2-inch diameter. Baking times vary by capacity of your waffle iron and temperature.

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
Large pinch salt
2 Tbs. sugar
3 Tbs. brown sugar
2 1/2 Tbs. ground ginger (Do Not substitute fresh)
2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
1 1/2 cups milk (room temp)

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (including sugars) and whisk thoroughly to blend.

Whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry.

In a small bowl, mix the egg yolks, molasses, melted butter and milk. Stir well. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the egg yolk mixture. Mix well. Fold in the egg whites. The batter will look glossy and fluffy.

Bake in waffle iron as per manufacturer’s directions (i.e., a light will go off when they're done, etc.). Alternatively, griddle on a hot greased pan for pancakes.

Serve with butter, powdered sugar, maple syrup or fruit preserves. Guaranteed to induce sweet dreams, or at least repair any trauma left by the bad ones.

Yield: About 7 Waffles

Sandra's addendum: to my mind the single most perfect accompaniment to these waffles is applesauce that has been made with lemon zest, vanilla and butter, no cinnamon.

Source of recipe: Chiffonade