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Peanut Butter Bacon Buttermilk Belgian Waffles

These may look like standard waffles…

Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe…but I promise you that they are anything but!

But before we get to them, can we talk about the little “mishap” that happened this past weekend? If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this photo. Yes. That would be the glass bowl of my beautiful Barbie pink mixer, missing a very large chunk of itself…

How does this happen? Truly I don’t even know. I guess I don’t know my own strength?! All I was trying to do was remove the paddle attachment, next thing I know it hit the bowl and I feel something very large drop to the ground by my feet.

To make it even better, tiny glass shards splintered all over the frosting I was making (coming soon), rendering it completely useless, and definitely not safe for consumption…

AGHRWGHHHHHH!

Luckily, Mikey was able to call around, and found me a new bowl. So she (yes, the mixer is obv. a she…) is all fixed up, and I christened her new bowl with these waffles!

Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThese might be the best waffles on the planet. The outsides are nice and crisp, and the insides are soft and fluffy. And did I happen to mention they’re studded with crispy bacon and full of crunchy peanut butter?

Um. Yes.

You can even tell how fluffy they are by looking at the batter!

Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThese waffles are actually inspired by my dad, for two reasons.

My dad is kinda known in the family for his waffles. On special Sundays, he—without warning— breaks out the waffle iron and makes his famous cornmeal waffles that everyone fights over. I can easily eat like 4 of them in one sitting… His secret? Jiffy cornbread mix!

These are not those exact waffles (though I do have a fancy-ish cornmeal waffle recipe here, if you’re interested), but rather a waffle that I think he in particular would like even more. He is the one that introduced me to the unreasonably delicious combo that is peanut butter and bacon! If you haven’t tried the two together, you are seriously missing out.

Plus, maple syrup and bacon are a natural combo, so adding it to the mix is practically a no-brainer.

Dad, next time I’m home, I’ll make YOU waffles for once!

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Peanut Butter Bacon Buttermilk Belgian Waffles

Yield: 6-8 waffles

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 oz. thick-cut bacon, chopped into small strips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup natural chunky peanut butter (only ingredients should be salt and peanuts)
  • 6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • vegetable oil, to grease the waffle iron
  • butter, to serve
  • pure maple syrup, to serve

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer, or, with a little elbow grease, a bowl and whisk), combine the buttermilk, peanut butter, butter, and eggs until fully mixed. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined. Add in the bacon and mix until fully combined, using a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed.
  5. When your waffle iron is hot, brush it with some vegetable oil. Then, scoop heaping 1/2 cupfuls of batter into the center, and cook for 2 and 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Use a fork to carefully remove the cooked waffle, and place it on a bakings hit in the oven. Repeat until all batter is gone.
  6. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

*Cooked waffles can be frozen in a Ziploc baggie, and reheated in the oven or toaster.

adapted from here

Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and loaded with crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

   

4 Responses to “Peanut Butter Bacon Buttermilk Belgian Waffles”

  1. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven — April 29, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Oh, NO! And that frosting looked so amazing too. It’s always a bummer when my most-used kitchen gadgets break, but awesome that you were able to get another so quickly!
    Now about these waffles: Um, I am unable to control my drooling at the moment. These seriously look SO crispy on the outside and ultra-fluffy on the inside! Plus, uh PB and bacon for the WIN. 😉

    • Rachael replied: — April 29th, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

      Ah it was the worst! And of course those kinds of things always happen when you’re in a hurry and trying to get things done fast, haha!

      And thanks, Sarah! They are so good!

  2. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com — May 5, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    First of all, why don’t I follow you on Instagram?! (Done and done)
    Secondly, that mixer picture was SO tragic. I would cry if that happened to me! Obviously you’re crazy strong.
    Thirdly, these waffles?! Hold me! They sound ah-mazing!

    • Rachael replied: — May 6th, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

      Ack same reason I didn’t follow you—madness!
      Oh my gosh, I was heartbroken 🙁 SO happy it’s all better now, haha
      And thank you! You’re so sweet!

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