When making the bacon for these waffles, be sure to save the bacon grease to incorporate into the batter – it gives the waffles a tasty smoky flavor. If that is too intense, vegetable oil can be used in its place.
3½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
8 to 10 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (about ¾ cup once crumbled)
3¼ cups buttermilk
1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2⁄3 cup bacon grease and/or grapeseed or vegetable oil (the two can be mixed to reach 2⁄3 cup)
Nutritional information per waffle:
Calories 235 (44% from fat) • carb. 26g • pro. 6g • fat 12g
• sat. fat 2g • chol. 40mg • sod. 262mg
• calc. 73mg • fiber 0g
1. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl; whisk to blend. Stir in the bacon to coat. Add the buttermilk, syrup, eggs, vanilla and the grease/oil. Whisk until well blended and smooth. Let batter rest 5 minutes.
2. Preheat the Cuisinart® Breakfast Central™ to desired setting (a tone will sound when preheated).
3. Pour 11/2 heaping cups of batter onto the center of the lower grid of the preheated waffle maker; spread evenly using a heatproof spatula. Close cover of waffle maker. When tone sounds, waffles are ready. Open cover and carefully remove baked waffles. Repeat with remaining batter. For best results, serve immediately.
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