The classic combination of apples, salted caramel and spices are the perfect topping for this fall inspired gluten free waffle recipe!
When you were growing up, was your pantry stocked with Bisquick – the all in one miracle pancake, waffle, biscuit and cookie mix? And is it still stocked with Bisquick?? Well if you answered yes to that second question I have some news for you. There are some new mixes out there for you to try. I created gluten free salted caramel apple waffles using the new Cup4Cup pancake and waffle mix, and I want to share the recipe with you.
You’ve probably noticed there has been a surge in the gluten-free segment due to the increased awareness of Celiac disease which causes a severe immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Major food brands including Betty Crocker have recognized the need for gluten-free options for consumers, and thus they, in turn, created gluten free flour alternatives some of which taste pretty good.
One of my favorite gluten free flours though is Cup4Cup, designed by Chef’s Lena Kwak and Thomas Keller of the highly regarded restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California. I was very excited to hear that Cup4Cup was launching a new gluten free pancake & waffle mix this year, and to promote their product they sponsored a friendly competition to create your best recipe using their mix.
I didn’t have a waffle maker at the time, so I opted to make citrus ricotta pancakes with a blueberry compote. I was so humbled to find out that they picked MY RECIPE as the winning dish for their contest! The incredible prize was an All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker and Cup4Cup graciously included a packet of their pancake & waffle mix, Jack-pot!! 🙂
With summer sadly coming to an end (even though lately it’s been steaming hot in Southern California), I thought that the perfect introduction to the beginning of fall would be to make a waffle recipe with my favorite fall fruit, apples! I can’t wait for you to try my gluten free salted caramel apple waffles recipe and let me know what you think.
This nifty All-Clad waffle maker has a range of heat settings which can determine how soft, crunchy or dark to make your waffles. I prefer a golden brown crispy yet tender waffles, so with that in mind, I made a practice batter to test the heat setting and time combinations that would yield the perfect waffle. I found the “5” heat setting for 6-7 minutes gave me the texture that I wanted, but also realized that those settings changed based on the type of add-in’s I chose for my batter. So it’s good to test out your own batter to get a feel for the best range.
The Cup4Cup pancake & waffle mix gave a nice golden brown waffle, crispy exterior, and a little more dense interior than other wheat flour recipes I have used in the past. The thicker gluten free batter was similar to the consistency of a liege waffle, which I love!
I selected Granny Smith apples for its tartness and firm texture to balance the intense sweetness from the caramel sauces. The apples were sauteed with butter, cornstarch, lemon juice, sugar, and spices until tender. Then a nice creamy caramel sauce was created in the pan.
I also made a salted caramel sauce for dipping each bite of the crunchy waffles. A dollop of fresh cinnamon whipped cream ties all of the warm spice flavors together with the salted caramel apples and crispy Belgian waffles. So incredibly delicious!
You must try this recipe for salted caramel sauce. It is insanely good! I tasted the caramel before I added the salt and thought it had a nice sweetness. However, once I added the salt, the caramel completely transformed into a richer, deeper flavor and smoother mouth feel – it was perfection!
You could use the sauce to drizzle on pies, ice cream, french toast, in your lattes or hot chocolate or just simply dip your favorite apple and you will be in heaven!
The classic combination of apples, cinnamon and caramel, gets me in the mood for fall. This indulgent salted caramel apple waffles recipe is the perfect treat on those chilly fall mornings to enjoy with a piping hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy!
Make sure your waffle iron is hot!
This helps to ensure even browning of the surface and evenly cooked waffles. If you like your waffles even more crispy, heat in a warm oven set at 200°F for an additional 10 minutes. You can also keep the cooked waffles in the warm oven until you’re done cooking all of the batter. This will keep the waffles nice and toasty until you’re ready to serve!