If there’s one thing that I love about food blogging it’s pushing myself creatively to come up with new recipes and exciting flavour combinations, and these Beer Battered Bacon Waffles with a Spicy Beer Caramel Sauce are exactly one of those creations. You see, I’ve never cooked or baked anything with beer before, but after this recipe I know that it’s something I will be doing lots more of in the coming months. Beer barbecue sauce in the summer, anyone?
These waffles are made with Samuel Adams Boston Lager – a full-bodied brew with a robust character. You can grab a six pack at the LCBO or The Beer Store in Ontario, BCLDB in British Columbia or Liquor Depot in Alberta. I find that it’s always important to cook with ingredients that you love (especially when it comes to alcohol), and I love the flavour of this beer, so it’s a perfect match for these waffles (and the spicy caramel sauce!). And then I added bacon, because, I mean, beer and bacon, it needs no explanation.
If you’re looking to make a special breakfast for the guy (or gal) in your life, this is the answer to all your problems. And that spicy caramel beer sauce is just the cherry on top. The flavour combination from the beer, the saltiness of the bacon, the sweetness and then the kick from the spicy caramel sauce is the ultimate combination. These waffles aren’t something that you would want to eat every single day, but for a special occasion, they fit the bill.
Yields 7-8 waffles
40 minTotal Time
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 10 slices of cooked bacon, chopped into pieces
- 1 355ml bottle of Samuel Adams Bostom Lager
- 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup cream
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp water
- Preheat waffle iron (I usually set mine on the 4th setting)
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a medium sized pot, heat beer, milk, butter and vanilla extract until warm and butter has melted.
- Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the egg.
- Gently stir in in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
- Stir in bacon pieces.
- Cook in waffle iron.
- In a medium sized pot, bring beer, brown sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper to a gentle boil.
- Simmer for 30 minutes (stirring frequently). The beer and sugar mixture will reduce.
- Remove from heat and stir in butter. Add cream and maple syrup.
- Put sauce back over high heat, add cornstarch. Stirring until thickened. Remove from heat.
Recipe by Louisa Clements
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