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Festive Christmas Waffles with Pomegranate-Blood Orange Syrup

Festive Christmas Waffles with Pomegranate-Blood Orange Syrup

Festive days call for an extra-special breakfast...The waffles contain bacon bits, cinnamon, and orange zest, and feature a gorgeous pomegranate orange syrup and an orange mascarpone cream. Truly spectacular and indulgent!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pomegranate and Blood Orange Syrup

  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 3/4 cup blood orange juice , remove zest prior to squeezing (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, (optional)

Waffles

Mascarpone Cream

  • 2 ounces mascarpone (or cream cheese), softened
  • zest of 1 orange, (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice, (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons confectioner's sugar
  • half n' half or cream, to desired consistency

Instructions

  1. To a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the juices, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 20-25 minutes until thickened to a syrupy consistency. (If a thicker syrup is desired, make a slurry of the water and cornstarch, add to the syrup, bring to a boil to allow the cornstarch to activate and cook to remove the starchy taste). Cool.
  2. While the syrup simmers, prepare the mascarpone cream, and fry the bacon. For the cream, add cheese, zest, juice, and sugar to a small processor. Blend until smooth. Add half n' half or cream to desired consistency.
  3. Preheat the waffle iron. Mix all ingredients for waffles together until combined, but do NOT over stir. Ladle into waffle iron. Cook until crisp and golden brown.
  4. To serve: Pour syrup over waffle. Top with a scoop of mascarpone cream. Garnish with pomegranate arils if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

* My mix requires 1 1/2 cups water and 2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil. If using a different brand of waffle/pancake mix, add the liquid/fat/egg (if appropriate) of the package instructions. The bacon, zest, and cinnamon amounts remain the same.

Both the waffle and the mascarpone cream call for orange zest. I find 3 small oranges yields about 3/4 cup of juice. I zest all 3 oranges prior to squeezing the juice. 2/3 of the zest goes in the waffle batter, and 1/3 into the mascarpone cream. Exact amounts are not important.

Macronutrients (approximation from MyFitnessPal.com): 450 calories; 20 g protein; 52 g carbohydrates; 19 g fat. Serving size for macros is 1 waffle with 1/4 of the mascarpone cream, and 1/8 of the syrup.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450 Total Fat: 19g Carbohydrates: 52g Protein: 20g
Nutrition is an approximation and for reference purposes only!