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Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmon and Mandarin Orange Compote

Loreto December 6, 2015

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 The colors of the persimmons and mandarin strike vibrant orange out on the canvas of golden brown hues of the Belgian Waffles, crispy outside and beautifully soft inside.
Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmon and Mandarin Orange Compote

Persimmons are one of those acquired tastes, I remember always in the fall and off to the Italian market to do our weekend shopping. My parents would always buy a case of persimmons and bring them home. These were ripe and soft and when you bit into them they were very fleshy and gooey, a very messy affair they were. Did I like them as a child? not really, I didn’t like that soft slimy texture, yes they were very sweet but could not get over that feel in my mouth. Well nowadays they have many varieties of persimmons and some are a bit more firm. They are not as slimy or fleshy in texture as I remember them and as usual my parents are in abundant supply of them, and it is how we came to have them in our fruit basket. One thing I have to say whether here in Canada or in Rome, going to our parents places we are always leaving with bags of goods.

 

 

I always say to Nicoletta shopping at the mom and pop store is great and you can’t beat those prices, well free is always good for the pocket book lol! So that being said, it is early morning once again and I am not one to sleep in late so I am making waffles, batter is mixed and waffle iron is hot, and first waffle is on. Nicoletta has awaken from the smell of the waffles cooking and when she comes down eyes half open as they are usually in the morning, lips waking up and gathering enough energy for a smile to form, a quick scan of the island and she takes the persimmons which she loves and peels and cuts it up. I am thinking a great partner for the persimmon is mandarin orange super sweet and juicy, and this combo will be great with the crispiness of the Belgian waffles.

Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmon and Mandarin Orange Compote

Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmon and Mandarin Orange Compote

The waffles light and airy, crispy on the edges, I got the recipe from food network on line recipes and added a bit of my own ideas to it, some vanilla, lemon zest and instead of blending the egg together separating the egg and beating the egg whites to a nice whip cream consistency, then lovingly and carefully folding them into the batter, this allows lots of air into the mix, hence the lightness of this waffles.

Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmon and Mandarin Orange Compote

The colors of the persimmons and mandarin strike vibrant orange  out on the canvas of golden brown hues of the Belgian waffle. The smooth texture of the fruit along with that crispy exterior and soft flavorful interior of the waffle exceeds anyone’s expectations. A beautiful drizzling of organic pure maple syrup adds that final just what this dish needed and an aromatic slow brewed coffee to wash it all down makes this a morning not to forget.

Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmon and Mandarin Orange Compote

I would have to say that my first experience with waffles were store bought, frozen, put it in your toaster waffles, and didn’t really know of Belgian waffles till my later teens, and discovering brunch buffets, it is there where that light crispy taste and the abundance of fruit topping along with maple syrup and sometimes whip cream became my buffet mantra. These days getting older and watching what we eat we don’t create towers of calories, just keep it simple with some compote and syrup leaving the Belgian waffle to be the star of the show. So hats off to a guy and his wife who in the 60’s visited the worlds fair  in New York and brought their waffle recipe to the west. Back then known as the Brussels waffle but later he renamed it because people were not familiar with where Brussels was but knew Belgian so hence, the Belgian Waffle came to be. I love these stories, so beautiful, cultures meeting cultures, diversities harmonizing, and what better way than through food.

Have a beautiful Sunday  morning and enjoy these delicious Fall Belgian Waffles with Persimmons and Mandarin Orange Compote!

Today’s song: “Good Morning” by John Legend

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 7 waffles, 3/4 cup compote

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups rice milk
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup melted butter

Compote:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 persimmons
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 cup of orange or tropical juice
  • 1 table spoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Pre heat waffle iron to a medium heat
  2. In a bowl sift flour, baking powder, and sugar.
  3. In another bowl combine milk, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla.
  4. Beat eggs white in another bowl till peaks form.
  5. Fold egg whites into batter gently.
  6. Pour batter into iron just covering grill plate, close and turn.
  7. When ringer sounds turn back around and take waffle out of iron.

Compote:

  1. Wash, peel and cut persimmons into slices.
  2. Peel and clean mandarin slices and cut each wedge in half.
  3. In a saute pan melt butter toss in persimmons and mandarin pieces.
  4. Saute for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Slowly add juice, brown sugar, and honey.
  6. Simmer till sauce thickens a bit, you can add more juice if it thickens too much.
  7. Cook till desired thickness.
  8. Ready to serve.

Notes

To keep waffles warm place in a 200 F oven on a parchment lined cookie sheet. This will keep the waffles crisp.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Nadia December 6, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Those look delicious and I love the lemon flavouring. Breakfast is my favorited meal and I could have it for lunch or dinner as well. I must admit I’m not a fan of persimmons but I’m tempted to try them your way.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto December 7, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Hi Nadia
      I love the smell that fills the air when zesting a lemon. It is the sign of great baked goods to come and it always provides a light cheeriness to the air, an aromatic thing from those lovely yellow fruits. It is funny that you say breakfast is your favorite meal, Nicoleta lives for breakfast, and my daughter Alexa could eat breakfast any time of the day, so hats off to all of you. Give persimmons a try and use your intuition in how to prepare them or even eat them on their own. Hope you enjoy these wonderful waffles and compote as much as everyone here did.
      Good Morning and have a great day.
      Loreto

  • Reply debs @ Wilde Orchard December 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Loreto, these look lovely. Nicoletta is a lucky lady to wake up to the smell of fresh cooking waffles, with this compote. A perfect breakfast!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto December 7, 2015 at 5:30 am

      Thank you so much Deb for your beautiful comment, there is nothing like bringing smiles to people especially the ones you love. It is also gratifying when people devour your food and have that oh so satisfied look on their faces. The smell of these waffles cooking was amazing the whole house smelled like a bakery. The compote with the persimmons subtle in flavor, the sweetness of the mandarin, and the caramelization of fruit juice was delicious. Give these a try you will be surprised!
      Happy cooking!
      Loreto and Nicoletta

  • Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After December 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

    You guys have the best recipes ever! Belgian waffles are my favorite and can’t wait to make this with your lovely compote. Hopefully I can find some beautiful persimmons 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto December 10, 2015 at 6:53 am

      What do they say seek and you shall find, lol. It is so self gratifying to think up such things as these waffles with persimmons. The best part is that it tastes so good, and you don’t have to do the walk of shame with your family because the recipe was a flop or they say wow interesting and their facial expressions say yuck! lol. Not the case here whew! Would love to hear how you made out with this one. Thank you again for your comments we love to hear from you.
      Happy Day!
      Loreto

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