Zazi Waffles with Caramelized Pecans
1/2 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon hazelnut extract
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Oil for pan
2 cups pecan halves
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Combine the water and yeast in a large bowl. Set aside for about 5
minutes, until the yeast dissolves and the mixture is foamy.
Add the milk, flour, butter, vanilla extract, salt, hazelnut extract
and sugar to the yeast mixture. Stir to blend. Cover the bowl with
plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature.
Heat your waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. Just
before cooking the waffles, whisk the eggs and the baking soda into
the yeast mixture.
To prepare the pecans: Oil a large baking sheet. Combine the pecans,
water and sugar in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Stir
occasionally until the sugar caramelizes, about 5 minutes. Pour the
caramelized nuts onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading them
evenly. Let the nuts to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
When the waffle iron is warm, pour in about 1/2 cup of the batter.
Close the lid and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Carefully lift the lid to
see if the edge of the waffle is golden brown. If it's still pale,
close the lid and cook for another minute. Continue with remaining
Serve with maple syrup and the caramelized pecans.
Per serving: 510 calories, 10 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 33 g fat
(10 g saturated), 92 mg cholesterol, 379 mg sodium, 3 g fiber
Source: Zazi, San Francisco, California