Giving thanks day is over (although gratitude is year round), and many of us are now excitedly preparing for Christmas in our own special ways. Today, I woke up to three big smiles and:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 packet active rise dry yeast
1/3 cup milk
1 cup pearl OR granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (add more or less for desired taste)
½ teaspoon ground all spice (add more or less for desired taste)
a dash of ground nutmeg and
a half can pureed pumpkin
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
These are German liege waffle ingredients I used for a special fall waffle recipe I tried for the first time as part of our family’s Christmas countdown tradition. I’ve always made regular liege waffles, but to welcome the official Christmas celebration in our household, I thought I’d try adding pumpkin to the traditional recipe.
With two extra helping hands from my son as he stood on a step stool to reach the kitchen counter, here are the steps to some delicious pumpkin liege waffles:
- Warm milk and dilute yeast in it.
- Combine milk and yeast mixture with all ingredients except sugar until mixed well.
- Let dough rise for 30-45 minutes. I particularly used this time to clean up my flour covered son and kitchen floor. J
- After the dough has risen, combine with sugar (and optional chocolate chips).
- Cook in a waffle maker for approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Enjoy with family and friends, whipped cream (syrup optional), coffee or tea, and lots of milk and napkins for the little ones if you add chocolate chips.
What other special Christmas countdown family traditions do you have? It may be getting a fresh tree and decorating it, eating brunch at your favorite diner, shopping for presents on Black Friday, or watching Christmas movie marathons, what matters is you are able to spend them with loved ones and realizing in your own way the meaning of Christmas and the holiday season.