If you were reading The Fitchen last fall (yay – I love you!), you might've heard how I feel about pumpkin. It's not at the top of my list. And you won't see me waiting in line for a pumpkin spice latte this fall or ever. It's one of those "take-it-or-leave-it" flavors for me.
These pumpkin spice waffle dippers, though? These are not a take-it-or-leave-it situation. No. These are give me ALL OF THEM status. They are cute! They are perfectly fluffy while also staying moist and dense. (I think maybe it's magic!?!) And they're just lightly spiced with fall flavor – not in-your-face pumpkin overload. Also! They're handheld for maximum dippability. 💪💪💪 (Yup. I just made that word up.)
As much as I'm sometimes tempted, I never order waffles when we go out for brunch. And here's why – they're either flavorless or soggy or cold. Plus, after perfecting our own waffle recipe, I can't stand to be disappointed. We used that same recipe as the base for these dippers (because there's no sense reinventing the wheel) and jazzed it up with pumpkin. This is the kind of recipe that makes you reevaluate what you order at a restaurant. If you can make it better at home and stay in your sweatpants, what's the point of going out?
When it comes to baked things, I have one general rule of thumb. (Because I'm not much of a baker.) If the batter tastes good, the end result will taste good. So I don't stop until the batter is just right – good enough to eat on its own.
I hope you make these for your family or friends for a fun fall brunch. Today? Next weekend? Thanksgiving? Maybe there will be apple cider mimosas or fall sangria (recipe coming soon!). And maybe a delicious frittata with sweet potatoes and herbs. Your place will smell like warm pumpkin heaven and there will be lots of happy waffle-dipping memories.