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While our kiddos and other members of our household may focus their efforts on gifts, tons of us mommies will also be thinking about things needed that don’t come wrapped in a pretty bow. Who can remember smelling that amazing holiday breakfast before rushing to the living room to see what was underneath the tree? Here are some Christmas morning recipes to keep those sentiments going.

Gingerbread Waffles
What holiday table would be complete without a fresh stack of amazing waffles?

Ingredients

2 cups flour

2 tbsp cornmeal

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1 3/4 cups buttermilk*

2 eggs, separated

2 tbsp molasses

4 tbsp butter, melted

salted butter and real maple syrup for serving

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves.
  2. In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, 2 egg yolks, and the molasses.  Set aside.
  3. Beat the egg whites with a mixer until you have stiff peaks.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and whisk until it just comes together.  It will be lumpy, and that’s good.
  5. Fold the egg whites into the batter.  You’ll now have a nice, fluffy batter.
  6. Just before putting your batter in the waffle iron, add the butter to the batter.
  7. Follow your waffle iron instructions and make those delicious babies.  To keep the waffles warm and nice and crispy for serving, heat your oven to its lowest setting.  Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and place in the oven.  When your waffles come out of the iron, put them on the cooling rack in the oven.
  8. Serve in bed to your lover, along with a strong, hot coffee.  Or to your whining kids who are wondering when breakfast is going to be ready.  Whichever.

Source: Forkful of Awesome

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