National Apple Month :: Apple Cider Waffles

National Apple Month is like homecoming and a wedding reception and New Year's Eve all rolled into one when you live in Washington State.  We are apple central people.  It also means that fresh apple cider is at the farmer's market and that stuff is dreamy.  When I was a little girl we used to press apples from my grandparents farm with a vintage apple press of my uncle.  

Recently, my dad found the exact same cider press - only a new one - and we brought it home to the beach cabin.  I love that we get to press cider with my children the same way I used to press cider with my grandparents.  

The only trick with making your own cider is that you end up with BUCKETS of cider.  B.U.C.K.E.T.S.  I've found ways to use it up {and it freezes well} but these waffles may be my very very favorite.  They perfectly capture the flavors of fall and are amazing topped with whipped cream, maple syrup and freshly chopped Honeycrisp apples.

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 egg

½ cup reduced cider

½ cup butter milk

2 tablespoons melted butter

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and spices.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, combine everything else and beat until a little fluffy.  Quickly stir in dry ingredients - batter will be a little lumpy.  Scoop batter onto hot waffle iron and bake.

Serve with fresh whipped cream, maple syrup, and sliced apples.